Carl Barbier

A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company's 2010 oil spill cost them money.

U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday's order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute between BP and plaintiffs' attorneys over the settlement's formula for compensating businesses.

Judge: Websites are misleading oil spill claimants

Jul 19, 2012

A federal judge presiding over a proposed class-action settlement of BP oil spill claims says two websites can mislead visitors into believing they are filing official claims.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday ordered the operator of the sites — and — to post disclaimers at the top of every page on the sites that they aren't the court-authorized site.

The site where residents can submit claims is

There’s been a delay in the federal trial to determine damages from the BP oil spill. Judge Carl Barbier is giving parties another week for settlement negotiations to continue.