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Halliburton Says BP’s Deal With Spill Victims Is Unfair

Halliburton Co. said BP Plc’s proposed settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill unfairly creates a “collusive alliance” against the oil field services company in a scheduled multibillion-dollar trial.

“The settlement agreements will improperly align the interests of BP and the settling plaintiffs in any subsequent trial on liability in this court,” Donald Godwin, Halliburton’s lead lawyer, said in a 138-page filing yesterday that the company is seeking permission from a judge to submit in federal court in New Orleans.