TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 5, 2012

The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP’s assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill. In a court filing Friday, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove at trial that BP engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct leading up to the deadly rig explosion that spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill. WRCB TV reports that the combative language is a sign that BP and the Justice Department are not close to a settlement that would resolve the federal government's claims against the oil giant before a trial scheduled for next year.