• BP Claimant, Attorneys, Ordered to Return Settlement Cash

    A New Orleans law firm at the center of an investigation into misconduct surrounding the processing of payments from BP PLC’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement must return $357,000 paid to a client based on allegedly fraudulent claims. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ordered that shrimper Casey Thonn return the payments within 30 days. Barbier also found that the AndryLerner firm, which received $35,700 in fees, and principals Jonathan Andry and Glen Lerner were responsible for the restitution.

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  • Judge Orders Lawyers Repay Portion Of Client's Fraudulent BP Claim

    A federal judge has ruled the lawyers and accountants who represented a claimant at the center of an investigation into alleged fraud in the BP oil spill settlement are responsible for repaying nearly a quarter of the $357,000 payment he received. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in April ruled Casey C. Thonn and the lawyers who represented him in a shrimping claim repay the amount after an investigation revealed the payment was made based on phony tax returns.

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  • Going After Easy Dollar Pickings Is Wrong

    How can our community thank companies that hire tens of thousands of Houstonians, providing them with good-paying jobs? How can our community thank companies that contribute millions of dollars to charitable and civic causes across Greater Houston? How can our community thank companies that drive our economy? Well, if you're the city of Houston, Metro Transit Authority or Harris County, you sue them for what one lawyer calls, "easy dollar pickings."

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  • Shrimp Prices Up As Season Closes

    As the inshore brown shrimp season closes in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes Tuesday morning, shrimp prices are up. Shrimpers were getting $9.45 per pound in May for shrimp large enough to comprise 15 or fewer per pound, according to statistics compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The same shrimp were going for $7.25 last year and $6.25 just prior to the 2010 BP oil spill.

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  • Claims Expert Critical of BP Under Fire for Alleged Conflict of Interest

    NEW ORLEANS – A Loyola University professor who has held himself out as an impartial expert on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has a stake in a claim against the energy giant, court documents show. LeCesne, a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law since 1991, has served as a legal analyst for numerous local, national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS News Hour, the British Broadcasting Company and Al Jazeera Television. He is also author of Crude Decisions: Re-examining Degrees of Negligence in the Context of the BP Oil Spill – an academic paper providing a comprehensive overview of the Deepwater Horizon incident and the ensuing legal fallout.

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  • BP Fights for Spill Compensation Repayment

    BP has launched legal action against “a vast number” of businesses that it claims were wrongly awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a filing to the US District Court in New Orleans, BP called on the judge to issue an order compelling some of the businesses that received compensation to repay it, with interest, on the grounds that they were “unjustly enriched”.

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  • Waveland Man Sentenced for Oil Spill Fraud

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A commercial fisherman in Mississippi has been sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Luom Van Ngo of Waveland pleaded guilty in February.

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  • Another Fisherman Represented by AndryLerner Law Firm Accused of Fraudulent BP Claim

    NEW ORLEANS – A fisherman who was represented by a law firm alleged to have aided in a previous false BP claim on behalf of another fisherman has been accused of filing a fraudulent $50,000 BP claim that he may not have to pay back because he received a payment through a lawsuit financier.

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  • Galveston Saw Record Number of Visitors in 2013

    Island tourism reached an all-time high last year as overnight visitors and day-trippers arrived in numbers larger than ever and spent more money, driving up business sales, employment and tax revenue for the seaport city.

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  • Scammers Who File Baseless BP Oil Claims Shouldn't Be Rewarded

    In a report last Sunday on CBS' "60 minutes," BP executives told correspondent Scott Pelley that of the billions of dollars paid out in claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some $500 million of that is fraudulent. Among examples BP cited: A Pontiac dealer filing a claim saying the spill cost him car sales - but the real reason he closed shop is because General Motors killed the Pontiac brand after the spill; the owner of a phone store filing for a piece of the pie even though the store burned down before the spill; and an Iceland man claiming he fell and broke a leg while filling out a BP claim form.

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