Thursday, December 25, 2014

BP appeals rejection of removing spill claims leader - Houston Chronicle

Patrick Juneau
Administrator of the Court-supervised
BP oil spill fund
Is a federal court-appointed Administrator subject to the Code of Conduct of United State Judges? the judicial disqualification statute 28 U.S.C.455?  the RPC's? And, in any event, was BP misled by Patrick Juneau?

BP appeals rejection of removing spill claims leader - Houston Chronicle
by Janet McConnaughey//AP December 24, 2014

 "NEW ORLEANS - BP is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill. A 75-page brief submitted this week to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted court papers filed against BP before he was appointed claims administrator.
BP asks the court to overturn U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's November decision rejecting the oil giant's arguments. "BP presented the District Court with extensive, recently uncovered evidence that Mr. Juneau actively advocated against BP's interests and litigated against BP in this very case as part of his work for the state of Louisiana in 2010 and 2011," BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement released Wednesday. "That work is a clear and serious conflict of interest - one that Mr. Juneau failed to disclose properly and that disqualifies him from serving as Claims Administrator."
Barbier's ruling said that before his appointment, the Lafayette attorney told BP and at least six of its attorneys that he had been a state consultant about the spill."
BP Motion to Remove Juneau as Administrator - September 2014

Order of November 11, 2014 denying motion to remove Juneau

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