Atty Wins Stay In BP Suit Amid Probe Into Spill Fund Fraud

Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday agreed to delay a lawsuit filed by two BP PLC units accusing a Texas-based lawyer and his firm of vastly inflating the number of claimants for a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program, pending the conclusion of an ongoing criminal investigation against the attorney.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier ruled in a hearing that BP’s case against Mikal Watts and his firm Watts Guerra LLP, which alleges that half of the 40,000 deckhands they claimed to represent during the Deepwater...
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