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BP Contractor Beats Claim for Oil Spill Clean-Up Crew Injuries

Jan. 19, 2022, 8:54 PM

A contractor hired to help clean up an oil spill beat BP’s demand for repayment of personal injury damages and settlements paid to the contractor’s employees because BP materially breached an indemnification agreement, the Fifth Circuit said Wednesday.

BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Co. didn’t give O’Brien’s Response Management LLC notice of employee “back end litigation option” claims filed against them, as required by the companies’ contract, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said.

The oil company, however, got another chance at repayment from a second contractor, National Response Corporation. BP’s contract with ...

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