BP has reached definitive and fully documented agreements with the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve the substantial majority of eligible private economic loss and medical claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. The parties have filed for preliminary court approval of the two settlement agreements, one resolving economic loss and property damage claims and the other resolving medical claims.
BP and the PSC believe that the settlement agreements are a fair, reasonable and adequate resolution of the claims. As part of the motions seeking preliminary approval, the parties have asked the Court to approve proposed plans to notify class members of their rights under the settlement agreements and schedule fairness hearings. Once these hearings have taken place, the Court will decide whether to give final approval to each settlement agreement. BP has also asked the Court to adjourn the MDL 2179 liability trial until after it determines whether to grant final approval of the settlement agreements. The PSC will not oppose this request for adjournment.
''This settlement demonstrates BP’s continued progress in resolving significant issues related to the Deepwater Horizon accident,'' said Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive. ''BP made a commitment to help economic and environmental restoration efforts in the Gulf Coast, and this settlement provides the framework for us to continue delivering on that promise, offering those affected full and fair compensation, without waiting for the outcome of a lengthy trial process.''