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Lawyer Resigns Following Accusations Of Misconduct

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UPDATED: Lawyer resigns following accusations of misconduct in multibillion-dollar BP settlement case.

 


The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf is pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys.
    
Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement Friday that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness and objectivity from this claims process."
    
London-based BP issued a statement saying only a "comprehensive and independent investigation will ensure the integrity of the claims process."
    
BP previously sued to block what could be billions of dollars in payouts to businesses over the spill. The company says Juneau has made decisions that expose BP to fictitious losses that were never contemplated in the settlement.

 

 


BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims.
   
The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.
   
The London-based oil giant issued a statement Friday that said only a "comprehensive and independent investigation will ensure the integrity of the claims process."
   
On Thursday, a BP official who has reviewed a report outlining the allegations told The Associated Press that claims administrator Patrick Juneau delivered a copy to U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier during a meeting in his chambers. The BP official spoke on condition of anonymity because the report hasn't been made public.
   
The accused lawyer, Lionel H. Sutton III, acknowledges he was suspended following an "anonymous allegation" against him.

 

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