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Appeals Court Blesses BP Spill Settlement but the Legal Battle Drags On

A fisherman dockside in Delacroix, Louisiana, on May 5, 2010
A fisherman dockside in Delacroix, Louisiana, on May 5, 2010Photograph by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

On Friday a federal appeals court in New Orleans signed off on the settlement of one component of BP‘s hellishly complicated liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Plaintiffs’ lawyers celebrated the upholding of a pact that has already channeled billions of dollars to private businesses claiming harm from the environmental disaster.

Not so fast.