Divided 5th Circuit Panel Upholds Oil Spill Claim Award For Reopened Walmart

(January 29, 2020, 9:03 AM EST) -- NEW ORLEANS — A 2-1 panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 28 upheld a federal judge in Louisiana’s decision to not conduct discretionary review of a $817,392.13 award to a Mississippi Walmart store that reopened a location that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina six months before the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, holding that a Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) appeals panel did not err when finding that the store was a start-up business (BP Exploration & Production Inc., et al. v. Claimant ID 100354107, No. 18-31275, 5th Cir.)....

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