09/29/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
U.S. – A federal judge has delayed a ruling pertaining to payments to thousands of workers who participated in the cleanup of the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by NOLA, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier held off making a ruling on a reconsideration of a previous decision, in which he upheld BP’s stance on an issue concerning the filing of medical claims.
The dispute concerns when cleanup workers with complaints of ailments following their participation in cleanup efforts were required to be diagnosed with a related problem. BP has asserted that claimants who were diagnosed after the April 16, 2012 deadline did not qualify for payment in accordance with the settlement terms and should be categorized as a different group of people required to prove their claims in court.
As noted in the report, Barbier expressed concerns that many categorized in the separate group had waived their right to sue when claims were submitted, and now would be told that filing a lawsuit would be their only option.
Barbier is quoted as stating of the issue, “That’s quite a quandary you’re putting them in there.”
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