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Federal judge rejects BP's call to oust administrator of Gulf oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP’s arguments that Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons.

BP cited several reasons for seeking Juneau’s ouster, including that he once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favourable terms for those with claims. They also said he improperly expedited the processing of some claims.

Barbier turned back those arguments, as well as allegations that Juneau made misleading statements about work he had done before being named claims administrator.