A U.S. appeals court has rejected BP's bid to revisit a decision made by the court in March on payments to companies affected economically by the 2010 oil spill.
BP had asked the 5th circuit to hear the case again, claiming that it was being forced to pay money to businesses that could not demonstrate that their losses were related to the spill, Reuters reports.
The court rejected BP's bid 8-5. The company is now left with two options, to either pay billions in claims or to appeal the case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The company is considering the options, spokesman Geoff Morell said in a statement.