Battling Remnants in April, 2010, by Getty Images and the New York Times
The agreement does not include the biggest plaintiff in the BP case: the federal government. Nor does it include the state and local governments along the coast, which are also suing. The federal government stands to recover billions of dollars in environmental fines, but the extent to which the Justice Department is involved in negotiations with BP is unclear.
Will the federal government do nothing? Or press on after specifying that any monies it recovers be paid back to poor, ole BP (and screw the still-distressed gulf states)? Stay tuned.
To read the full NYT story, click here.