BP has agreed to pay a record criminal fine in US history, $4.5 billion, to restore all criminal charges deriving from the fatal oil rig explosion and catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s fine is an additional blow to British business prestige as Guardian reports, after the previous one on GlaxoSmithKline which was hit with a $3 billion US fine, the largest in the pharmaceutical sector.
BP pleaded guilt to 11 charges of manslaughter (eleven people died when the rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the biggest ever offshore oil spill) and “misdemeanours” under the Clean Water Act.
Behalf of BP it is thought that this decision was “in the best interest of shareholders” yet there are civil claims that the London-based company will have to deal with. Moreover, it is in the final stages of tying up a settlement with private claimants worth a further $7.8bn.
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