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Since the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has orchestrated a campaign to avoid accountability and delay justice for Gulf Coast small business owners by trying to backpedal on an agreement it wrote, signed, and asked the Court to approve. BP continues to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to halt payments to Gulf Coast businesses it harmed.
On Monday, BP’s pattern of backpedaling finally came to a screeching halt after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to the lower court’s order granting justice to victims. The Court left in place the March ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which ruled 2-1 that BP must comply by the terms it agreed to in its settlement in order to avoid a trail and resolve claims more quickly. At that time, Judge Leslie Southwick wrote for the majority, “There is nothing fundamentally unreasonable about what BP accepted but now wishes it had not.”
While regional Chambers of Commerce stood up for their local businesses during this Gulf Coast battle, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continued to side with BP – a foreign corporation – instead of supporting its local chapters and businesses. This astonishing hypocrisy is par for the course for the U.S. Chamber, and has earned them a spot in our Hall of Lawsuit Hypocrites. Read more about BP’s lawsuit hypocrisy here.