A federal judge in New Orleans has postponed the Deepwater Horizon trial until February, citing the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras as potential scheduling conflicts, a spokesman for BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) said.
The trial had been slated to begin Jan. 14, but instead Judge Carl Barbier ordered that it begin Feb. 25, after the Feb. 3 football game and the Mardi Gras festivities have ended.
The bench trial is to concern liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
Judge Barbier will consider a proposed settlement agreement between BP and thousands of plaintiffs at a "fairness hearing" scheduled for Nov. 8.
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