NEW ORLEANS - In a proposed brief filed Aug. 31 in response to BP PLC's motion for final approval of a $7.8 billion settlement for economic and property damages caused by the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. government asks that the judge presiding over the multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reserve making any decisions on liability or natural resource damages until a trial scheduled for January (In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, No. 10-md-2179, E.D. La.). View related prior history, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115463.