NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court gave new life Wednesday to oil giant BP PLC’s claims that a judge’s interpretation of a settlement after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses.
A ruling by a divided three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals threw out US District Judge Carl Barbier’s rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement in 2012. The panel sent the case back to Barbier with an order that he craft a ‘‘narrowly-tailored injunction that allows the time necessary for deliberate reconsideration of these significant issues.’’
BP argued that Barbier and court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau misinterpreted terms of the settlement. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.