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Judge to hear BP's bid to halt claims payouts

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:33 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.

On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.

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