settlement en Judge Allows Gulf Oil Spill Settlement to Proceed <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; A federal judge in New Orleans has preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier&#39;s ruling Wednesday allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a &quot;fairness hearing&quot; later this year before deciding whether to give his final approval.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 15:16:59 +0000 The Associated Press 10126 at