Oil giant BP has suffered a setback in its attempt to limit payouts over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

A US court has refused to reconsider its decision that firms do not have to prove they were directly harmed by the oil spill to get settlement payouts.

It means the compensation claims process, which has been suspended since a separate court ruling in December, should now be able to resume.

BP said it was "disappointed" by the decision and mulling its legal options.

The giant corporation is claiming that some businesses in the area hit by the spill are making fake claims. The whole sad situation just speaks for itself.