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Oil Spill Judge 'Deeply Disappointed' in BP

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico oApril 21, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico oApril 21, 2010Photograph by Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

BP has really irritated Judge Carl Barbier this time. From his courtroom in New Orleans, Barbier presides over the multifaceted litigation concerning the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He has sole discretion over a series of decisions determining whether BP‘s liability bill from that disaster will total several additional billions of dollars or much, much more.

On Friday, Barbier issued an unusual opinion calling the actions of the oil company’s enormous legal team “deeply disappointing.” Like a parent who’s run out of patience with an obstreperous child, the judge lectured BP’s lawyers for changing their story and trying to “rewrite” the history of the landmark case.