The trial over who was to blame for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been delayed until next year.
It will not now take place until January 14 after BP argued for it to be pushed back.
Judge Carl Barbier, will oversee the case more than 10 months after it was originally due to take place.
The trial has been delayed until after a hearing on November 8, when the UK oil giant’s £4.8billion settlement with 125,000 claimants harmed by the spill is expected to receive final approval from a US district judge.
The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 men, and led to the largest US offshore oil spill.