SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans refused to reconsider its previous ruling concerning settlement payments to businesses directly harmed by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The court ruled in March of 2013 that businesses do not have to prove that they were directly harmed by the oil spill to collect a settlement payment.
BP announced on Wednesday that they will be seeking review by the U.S. Supreme Court related to the 5th Circuit Court's decision. Officials with BP say they will also ask that the circuit court not be able to issue its mandate until the Supreme Court has heard the case.
BP officials say the court's 8-5 vote against a rehearing, "present questions of exceptional importance", and shows a rift in approaches between federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court. BP claims it will continue to compensate those who suffered actual loss due to the oil spill.