• Scott Walker and associates to Texas attorneys: Pay up

    Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, who is also a Hancock County supervisor, allege in a federal lawsuit two Texas attorneys owe them almost $7.9 million for bringing aboard thousands of clients who wanted to resolve BP claims. 

    In an unrelated public corruption cases, a federal judge recently sentenced Walker to 18 months in prison for committing conspiracy and fraud. The judge ordered him to pay $390,000 in restitution, but no court fine because Walker didn't have the money. Walker told the judge he was losing the family's home, which has been on the market for months. The waterfront brick home with guest house in Ocean Springs, where Walker and his family still live, is listed for $1.2 million. 

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  • Phony fisherman netted $75,000 in spill claim

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Slidell man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with a claim he filed related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET') said in a news release that 55-year-old Darrell Morris pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. 

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  • Freeh Says Ala. Man Should Return Gulf Claim Money

    New Orleans (AP) -- The former FBI chief appointed to investigate the BP oil spill claims process is seeking the return of nearly $240,000 from an Alabama man and his maritime business.

    Louis Freeh, in a federal court filing this week, says the man claimed to have made the bulk of his 2009 income for himself and his business from shrimping — revenue that was shut off by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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  • Freeh Demands Return of Cash BP Paid to Alabama Shrimper

    A special master overseeing potential fraud in the BP PLC claims process has asked a federal judge to order the return of nearly $240,000 paid to an Alabama boat captain he accused of reporting fake losses in shrimping revenue caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    Former FBI director Louis Freeh alleged that Jason Zirlott and his Capt Jay LLC claimed losses from commercial shrimping even though 80 percent of their revenue in 2009 came from marine cleanup work, according to a motion filed on Tuesday. 

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  • Investigator Freeh Wants Fraudulent BP Claim Repaid

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh is asking a federal judge to make another oil spill claimant pay $239,000 back to BP for what Freeh calls a fraudulent claim.

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  • BP Challenges $18bn Deepwater Horizon Ruling

    Lawyers for BP have called for a retrial or a revised judgment after spotting what they believe to be a legal mistake in the court ruling last month that the company acted with gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The argument is the first formal response that the UK oil group has made to the court’s decision, which left BP facing a maximum official penalty of $18bn.

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  • BP oil spill trustees approve $627M for restoration, including $340M in Louisiana

    Federal and state trustees for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have given final approval to plans to spend $627 million on restoration projects, including $340 million in Louisiana, officials announced Friday. The money represents the third phase of approvals of projects funded with $1 billion BP set aside as an early payment for damages caused by the spill. The early payment is part of money the company will have to pay under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program required by the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

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  • Following BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Louisiana shrimp size unchanged and population actually increased, study states

    Looking at the abundance and size of Louisiana white and brown shrimp before and after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a scientific paper published Wednesday states that the amount of shrimp actually increased in local estuaries through 2011 and that the size of that shrimp remained unaffected. The authors state that by 2012 the amount of shrimp in these once heavily-oiled areas had returned to normal levels.

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  • Fisheries Scientists Report Speckled Trout Populations ‘Healthy’

    Through a jumble of technical terms and fish-biology jargon, state marine fisheries scientists told the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission that the state’s speckled trout population is maintaining “healthy” numbers along the Louisiana coast. Using data compiled since 1985, Wildlife and Fisheries’ Marine Section biologist Harry Blanchet said numbers taken from coastal fishermen and LDWF sampling show the number of small speckled trout that mature into the spawning stock of speckled trout in state waters “has not declined and has been consistent over time.”

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  • Judge To Hear Arguments Over Allegations Of Corruption In BP Claims Program

    The federal judge overseeing litigation stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has scheduled a November hearing for testimony concerning allegations of corruption within the multibillion-dollar settlement program set up to compensate victims of the 2010 oil spill.

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