BP plc agreed to pay $175 million between 2016 and 2017 to settle a class action lawsuit that sought up to $2.5 billion, which claimed the company deceived shareholders by downplaying the severity of the April 2010 Macondo well blowout. The settlement, BP said, “does not resolve other securities-related litigation in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.” In 2014 U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District in Houston approved Multidistrict Litigation case No. 2185 (see Daily GPI, May 16, 2014). Investors that bought BP American depository shares from April 26 to May 28, 2010 had been allowed to pursue claims that BP executives’ public statements “did not reflect the magnitude of the disaster facing the company.” BP officials had said in 2010 that 1,000-5,000 b/d of oil was leaking from the Macondo well, when internal estimates suggested that the figure was 10 times higher.
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