Spill Widow Settles Suit Against BP

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Melinda Anne Becnel, the widow of Keith Blair Manuel, one of the 11 crew members that perished aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig when it exploded on April 20, 2010, settled her lawsuit against BP, Europe's second-largest oil company and the rig's operator. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans today agreed to dismiss Becnel's suit against BP (BP), Bloomberg News reported. BP's own internal investigation and an investigation by a presidential commission have both found that BP along with its contractors are to blame for the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Becnel's claims against BP's partners in the well and other oilfield contractors involved in the project were also dismissed, according to Bloomberg. Transocean (RIG), the world's largest oil services firm and the owner of the rig, was not a party to Becnel's suit.

The Bloomberg piece did not mention Halliburton (HAL), which provided cement services for the Macondo well that have since been deemed inadequate, as part of Becnel's suit.

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