|R&D - leases containers to drilling rigs|
business faltered during the drilling moratorium
It is a classic proximate cause question. But for the spill the moratorium would not have occurred. But was the government action so independent of BP's conduct that the company should bear no responsibility for the moratorium claimants losses? Someday Judge Carl Barbier who is managing the litigation will have to decide. - GWC
Gulf oil spill moratorium claims have no place in BP settlement | NOLA.com: by David Hammer, The Times Picayune
"We fought to have moratorium claims included, but BP wouldn't budge," said Stephen Herman, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs' committee that negotiated the settlement. "We're fully prepared -- and intending to -- litigate them."
Bertucci's lawyer, Joe Bruno, called BP's recalcitrance on the moratorium issue "a crying shame."
BP declined to comment Tuesday, but last November, when Feinberg urged BP to pay 6,000 moratorium claims that the company had expressly prohibited him from paying, the company was unequivocal in its refusal.
The federal oil spill law "was not designed to remedy claims arising from the government's decision to impose a temporary moratorium," BP spokesman Curtis Thomas said at the time."
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