Legal News

BP Oil Spill Award must be Returned by Lawyers
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that a $357,000 payment in a damage claim from the 2010 BP oil spill must be repaid because the claim was fraudulent.

The fraudulent claim was made  by Casey Thonn for seafood losses. A former FBI director, Louis Freeh, investigated and determined that the claim was made based on phony tax returns.

  
What
Where


The order issued on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, was recommended by Freeh that the money be paid back. The evidence shown against Thonn, included the unfiled phony tax returns and forms that were filed with the Internal Revenue Service indicating Thonn had been unemployed when the spill happened.

“In light of this evidence and Thonn’s failure to rebut it, the Court finds that the current record is sufficient to support a finding that Thonn committed fraud, without an evidentiary hearing,” Barbier wrote.

Barbier said, Thonn is responsible for repaying the award and attorneys in the case are liable for fees they received. The ruling does not implicate the attorneys in wrongdoing.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The ruling on Tuesday, was the latest outcome from Freeh’s investigation of the claims process arising from a settlement of civil litigation following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore rig disaster that sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

The list of attorneys include Louis Sutton III, whose resigned from the staff of the oil spill settlement claims administrator led to a broader court-ordered investigation by Freeh. Andy Lerner LLC, Jonathan Andry, Glen Lerner and Coastal Claims Group, LLC. Phone calls and messages left for Thonn’s and Sutton’s lawyers were not immediately returned.



Image credit: prweb.com



 

RELEVANT JOBS

LITIGATION PARALEAL

USA-LA-Baton Rouge

LITIGATION PARALEGAL Job Description Immediate opening: Downtown law firm seeking experienced ...

Apply now

Paralegal

USA-LA-Baton Rouge

  LITIGATION PARALEGAL Job Description Immediate opening: Downtown law firm seeking ex...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-El Paso

Flores, Tawney & Acosta PC is seeking a new to 4-year attorney to join its growing plaintiff’s...

Apply now

Legal Secretary

USA-NJ-Tuckerton

Seeking a full time legal secretary in a small firm located at the Jersey Shore. Prior law firm expe...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Junior Partner level Corporate and Securities Attorney

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks junior partner level corporate and...

Apply Now

Public Works Construction Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks public works construction attorn...

Apply Now

Public Works Construction Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks public works construction atto...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top