Wednesday, August 7, 2013
BP seeks to stop payouts to claims administrator | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper
BP seeks to stop payouts to claims administrator | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper: "BP Plc said Monday it has discovered new evidence of fraud and conflicts of interest in the programme that is paying billions of dollars to businesses and residents who claimed they were harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil company made the disclosure in a filing with the US District Court in New Orleans as part of a renewed effort to suspend the payouts until Freeh, the court-appointed monitor, finishes investigating the payout programme. BP said it learned within the last week that two lawyers reviewing appeals of disputed claims were partners at law firms representing claimants before the Court Supervised Settlement Programme (CSSP), and thus had apparent conflicts of interest. It also said it learned through its fraud hotline of allegations that a worker at a Mobile, Alabama spill claims centre helped people submit fraudulent claims in exchange for a share of the settlement amounts. BP said the CSSP suspended two employees in connection with this matter." 'via Blog this'