BP Settlement Seen as Probable Outcome of Spill Penalty Trial

Oil floats in the Gulf of Mexico near Orange Beach, Alabama, U.S., on Friday, June 18, 2010.

Photographer: Kari Goodnough/Bloomberg

Last week’s ruling that BP Plc’s Macondo well dumped less oil into the Gulf of Mexico than the U.S. government claimed may trigger a settlement before a decision on the amount it must pay after a trial set to begin this week.

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