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Claims administrator in oil spill case gets subpoena power

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from a settlement over economic damages caused by the 2010 BP oil spill has been granted subpoena power. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bee-aye) on Wednesday granted a motion seeking subpoena power by administrator Patrick Juneau. Juneau filed the motion last week. It noted that the power to investigate possibly fraudulent claims ...

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Louis Freeh seeks end to lawsuit in oil spill claims case

NEW ORLEANS — The ex-FBI chief now serving as a watchdog over BP oil spill settlement claims is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against him by an attorney once involved in the claims process. Louis Freeh on Friday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by attorney Christine Reitano. Reitano and her husband, Lionel Sutton III, both ...

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BP drops bid to oust Gulf spill claims administrator

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BP Plc on Friday ended its bid to oust the administrator overseeing payouts to businesses and individuals claiming damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, citing steps the administrator has taken to reduce the threat of fraud. The British oil company withdrew its appeal of a federal judge’s decision not to remove the administrator, Patrick Juneau, who ...

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Lawyers sanctioned over misconduct with BP damage claims

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has barred three lawyers — including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility — from handling damage claims over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly set up a system of payments to help speed claims through the process. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued sanctions against lawyers Lionel ...

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BP claims program lawyer uses unique defense against corruption allegations

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in London July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

An attorney in BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster settlements is the center of a corruption investigation, and he’s making some fairly unusual claims in his defense. Lionel H. Sutton III tried to deny the accusation that he received money for “expediting” specific oil spill claims through the process, according to Jennifer Larino for the Times-Picayune. During a hearing last week, Sutton ...

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Oil spill lawyers to defend themselves at hearing

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers accused of wrongdoing in the handling of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are expected to testify Friday before a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear from lawyers at the center of a probe into claims of fraud arising from a settlement of civil litigation following the ...

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