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As appeal opens, BP calls some claims ‘fictitious’

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC is being forced to pay inflated and even ‘‘fictitious’’ claims to businesses because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making payments from a legal settlement following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a lawyer for the oil giant said Monday.

Ted Olson made the arguments in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. A lower court already refused to block payments to businesses that say the spill cost them money.

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