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BP has been ordered to pay more than $130m in fees to the court-supervised administrator, who is looking after the payments of people who claimed they were impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

US District Judge Carl Barbier gave the orders to BP on 7 August 2013, in a fresh legal setback for the company.

BP has been trying to temporarily block claims payments and also complained of broader problems in the programme run by court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau.

The company has accused Juneau and Barbier, who is overseeing the oil spill settlement, of misinterpreting the settlement in a manner that could force BP to pay billions of dollars, in what it says are inflated and fictitious claims by businesses.

In his ruling, Barbier said Juneau needs to submit his budget proposals earlier and that BP’s refusal to pay for the settlement programme’s third-quarter budget was not reasonable.

"The company has accused Juneau and Barbier, who is overseeing the oil spill settlement, of misinterpreting the settlement."

"My primary concern is that we don’t allow these issues to cause a shutdown of the claims facility," Barbier added.

US Magistrate Sally Shushan previoulsy ruled that the company is obligated to fund the settlement programme’s third-quarter 2013 budget.

The settlement fee has topped $560m since Juneau’s team commenced operations in June 2012, shortly after BP reached a deal with businesses and residents to compensate them for spill-related injuries.


Image: Judge has ordered BP to pay $130m in fees to the settlement administrator.

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