Judge Barbier ruled this morning that BP’s attempt to seek repayment from spill victims was barred by the language in the release that all claimants must sign before cashing their checks. The release, which is pages long, reads in pertinent part:
” … it is possible that the terms of the proposed settlement may change in the future — for better or for worse — as a result of further legal proceedings. However, if you sign this Individual Release, none of those uncertain future events will affect you.”
This is yet another example of BP’s classic hairsplitting.