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BP Plc
Question of the day: Is BP run by children?
Question of the day: Is BP run by children?

Federal Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans already has ruled that BP is guilty of "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. His Sept. 4 finding exposed the British oil firm to as much as $18 billion in penalties. Given that further proceedings on the case are still scheduled before Judge Barbier, it probably have been wise of BP not to tick him off any further. This message was lost on the company's lawyers. After issuing his ruling, he granted them permission to file a reply brief, as long as it was no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced -- 10 pages longer than court rules usually allow....