The government has suggested a penalty of more $1 billion for Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Anadarko lawyers argue for a lower fine, noting the company was not involved in operations on the Deepwater Horizon rig, where an explosion killed 11 workers and sent oil spewing into the Gulf for 87 days.
The penalty trial resumed Monday after two weeks of conflicting testimony by witnesses for the U.S. Justice Department and BP. Government lawyers want a penalty against BP at or near an estimated $13.7 billion maximum. BP is arguing for a much lower penalty.