BP has won the right to appeal certain damage payments awarded to businesses and people under the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement, Reuters reports.

The report says the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Friday (May 8) that BP did not waive its right to challenge certain claims when it agreed to the settlement in 2012.

The ruling could limit payout to victims of the 2010 disaster and stokes plaintiffs' lawyer fears that BP seeks to drag the agreed-upon settlement back through litigation, the report says.

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