Correa and others v BP plc and other companies

Anonymity – Court proceedings. Where the parties' identities were in the public domain and where there was legitimate public interest in claims brought by the dependants of two men killed in the course of their employment with the second defendant, BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Ltd, in a terrorist attack at a gas production facility in Algeria, there was nothing to prevent or restrict the reporting of the fact that the proceedings had been settled before trial, without any admission of liability. However, the Queen's Bench Division ruled that the terms of the settlements should remain confidential. The court held that the parties had adopted a sensible approach and one which had appropriately protected the interests of the child claimants. Accordingly, the court approved the settlements and the suggested apportionments concerning them.

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