Judge rejects bid to cut BP claims czar’s budget

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A
federal magistrate in New Orleans has refused to order another $25.5
million in cuts to the proposed fourth quarter budget for the claims
administrator handling BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and
businesses.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan ruled Monday that
BP must fund the budget for the office of court-appointed claims
administrator Patrick Juneau at “the revised $111 million within four
working days.”

BP didn't immediately comment on the ruling. It was
unclear whether U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier would be asked to
review the ruling. Last month, Barbier ordered the London-based oil
giant to pay more than $130 million for Juneau's third-quarter budget
despite the company's objections.

Shushan said any appeal of her ruling must be filed by noon Friday.

The claims adminsitrator is handling compensation to businesses and residents involving BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf.