Judge approves settlement in BP class action lawsuit

A federal judge has given final approval to BP’s settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil leak.

BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to cover economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the settlement in a 125-page ruling Friday.

He wrote that the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate — and no objection has proved otherwise.

Barbier has not ruled on the medical settlement for cleanup workers and others who say exposure to oil or dispersants made them sick — just on economic and property damage settlements.

The settlement covers people and businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and some coastal counties in eastern Texas and western Florida.

Associated Press reporter Michael Kunzelman in New Orleans contributed to this report.