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Federal judge orders U.S. gov’t to pay over $800k in BP trial costs

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that the federal government pay $839,581 in court fees for the civil trial against BP following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The ruling, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan, mandated these fees be paid because of the government’s participation during the first and second phases of the proceedings. Jennifer Larino for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

According to the order, the U.S. government is responsible for the sum because it participated as a plaintiff in those phases and teamed with the plaintiffs’ steering committee during the proceedings.

The plaintiffs’ steering committee is the group of attorneys representing thousands of Gulf Coast individuals, businesses and others affected by the oil spill.

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According to the steering committee, the overall cost of preparing the testimony for the first two phases was $1.67 million, meaning the federal government has been made responsible for half of the legal fees.

The trial has yet to move into the third phase. Should the court find BP guilty of gross negligence which resulted in the catastrophe, the company could see up to $18 billion in fines.

For all the details, check out Larino’s full article: Feds ordered to pay nearly $1 million in BP oil spill trial costs

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