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Judge rejects request to delay in oil spill penalties

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is refusing to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The request was made Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. Coon had asked for a delay or — as an alternative — a low penalty.

Coon argued that a high penalty imposed before all claims are resolved would be a deterrent to BP negotiating with various interests who have been harmed by the spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bih-aye) rejected Coon’s motion without comment in a Tuesday order.

Barbier is weighing penalties against BP after a trial that ended in February. Penalties could exceed $13 billion.

In related news, Attorney asks for delay in federal penalties against BP.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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