Last year, BP PLC joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to give the deal his final approval. On Friday, however, the company's lawyers argued in a court filing that Barbier's more recent interpretation of settlement terms have allowed businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for inflated or fictitious claims.
In July, BP asked a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Barbier's rulings governing business payouts.
BP is waiting for a ruling on that appeal. In the meantime, the oil giant is asking the same court to reverse the settlement approval itself.