Deepwater Horizon


A panel of the Fifth Circuit held by a 2-1 vote that British Petroleum must pay some business loss claims even if the claimants cannot prove that the blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 actually caused the loss.

The majority ruled that the energy giant agreed to pay claims for losses that in fact occurred during the claim period but may not have resulted from the blowout and its oily aftermath. In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 13-30315 (5th Cir. Mar. 3, 2014).