Corruption in BP oil spill claims, investigation finds
on 07/09/2013 10:32:56
An independent probe by former FBI director Louis Freeh has concluded that the lawyers for several plaintiffs were involved.
Mr Freeh published a report yesterday that cleared court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau of any wrongdoing.
But it found that private attorneys used a lawyer on Mr Juneau's staff to expedite a claim for nearly €8m (€6m).
In return, that staff lawyer received more than $40,000 (€30,000) in fees after referring a claimant to their private law firm.
While the report points to certain conduct within the settlement programme as problematic, Mr Freeh did not find any reason that would stop it from "fairly and efficiently processing and paying" legitimate claims in a timely manner.