BP and plaintiffs suing over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are said to be in talks for a $14 billion settlement funded by monies originally set aside by the company for out-of-court settlements, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg.
According to the Bloomberg report, which cites at least three sources close to the deal, BP would shut its $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility GCCF and move the remaining $14 billion to plaintiffs who filed claims contending the spill harmed their businesses and properties.
The GCCF, set up in August 2010, has paid out about $6 billion so far, according to its website.
On Sunday, the civil trial scheduled to start today was postponed until March 5 to give BP and lawyers representing those who say they were injured by the oil spill more time to reach a settlement.
Full report from Bloomberg HERE.
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