Ala. AG's office re-deputized private firm to avoid legal challenge from BP, has always intended to use firm for trial
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The State of Alabama has always intended to use private attorneys for a trial in its case against BP over a 2010 oil spill and has been working with a member of a politically connected firm who is on a leadership committee representing private parties, even after the firm saw its initial contract with the State cancelled.
BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - As Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell continues to go after pharmaceutical companies for alleged consumer fraud, he also is continuing a practice of bringing in high-profile attorneys, some of whom are campaign contributors, to do legal work on behalf of the state.
New lawsuit against Renaissance Rx accuses embattled pharmacogenetics firm of fraud, illegal activity
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Nearly six months after a multimillion-dollar study was shut down in the face of a Medicare review by the federal government, New Orleans-based pharmacogenetics firm Renaissance Rx is facing new allegations from a Rhode Island doctor that the company funneled fraudulent and illegal Medicare tests through his office without his knowledge.
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange made headlines following the 2010 BP oil spill when he said private attorneys would not represent the State in litigation against the oil giant, but in an about-face, Strange has appointed two Alabama law firms to assist in suing BP on behalf of the State.
NEW ORLEANS – In one of the more brazen schemes to defraud BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a North Carolina man has been indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering after allegedly creating a web of paperwork to substantiate a multimillion dollar claims payment for a non-existent luxury resort.
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – In a speech given to the Society for Environmental Journalists on Wednesday, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell told the group that he was discouraged by speculative reporting that took place during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill regarding the impact the spill would have on the environment.
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - BP argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the second time this year asking that a settlement agreement reached with the plaintiffs' steering committee last year not be upheld unless procedures involving certain payments to businesses are altered.