BP to Pay $7.9 Million Following California False Claims Act Legal Settlement

British Petroleum has agreed to pay $7.9 million as part of a False Claims Act settlement with the California State Water Resources Control Board, the state Attorney General’s Office and a third-party plaintiff.   According to the complaint filed in 2010, BP submitted applications to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund for reimbursement of cost to clean up leaks, but failed to disclose that it had also received reimbursement from insurance claims, litigation and settlements for the same sites.

The State Water Board is allowed to disqualify and offset claims for reimbursement if applicants fail to disclose they have received cleanup cost payments from another source, such as insurance companies.

Bailey & Glasser attorney Michael L. Murphy — a member of the management committee for a consortium of law firms that directly represents a number of states, state officials and underground storage tank funds — assisted with the lawsuit. Murphy works from Bailey & Glasser’s Washington, D.C., office.

California Water Boards Press Release – BPsettlement

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