The former FBI director who is leading a probe of alleged corruption into the settlement program stemming from the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Friday reported that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the court-appointed claims administrator and no reason to suspend payments to oil spill victims.
However, Louis Freeh, who was appointed by a federal judge to lead the investigation into alleged misconduct, recommended that the Justice Department further look into whether a few individual attorneys engaged in unethical or criminal behavior. Freeh’s report said the possible misconduct by the lawyers, who are no longer associated with the settlement program, “should not prevent the (settlement claims program) from fairly and efficiently processing and paying honest and legitimate claims in a timely manner.”
Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau referred to the alleged misconduct as an isolated incident. Juneau himself was cleared in the report of any involvement in “conflict of interest, or unethical or improper conduct.”
Although Freeh said his probe was still ongoing, the initial report is something of a blow to BP, which had alleged widespread corruption in the settlement payment process including the payout of “fictitious” claims. BP twice asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend oil spill settlement payments pending the conclusion of Freeh’s investigation; Barbier denied both requests.
The Mobile, Alabama, oil spill attorneys at Long & Long continue to help business owners and property owners affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill evaluate and file claims under the terms of the settlement. Please call us today at 251-432-2277 for your free consultation if you:
- Lost business revenue following the oil spill
- Experienced diminution of property value or loss of property use after the oil spill
- Were inadequately compensated or not paid for your role in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program
If your business or property was adversely impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, please contact Long & Long for your free claim assessment. We welcome business owners and property owners from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.