La. Lawmaker Accused Of Writing Bills To Aid Big Oil Clients

By Jeremy Heallen (April 20, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT) -- Baton Rouge, La., attorney Don Carmouche filed an ethics complaint Thursday accusing Louisiana state Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, of introducing legislation that directly and illegally benefits the energy company clients of Abramson's law firm Liskow & Lewis in environmental damage lawsuits.

Carmouche says Liskow & Lewis hired Abramson as a shareholder in February, about a month before the Louisiana Legislature convened. Abramson then personally authored five bills designed to benefit himself, his firm and the firm's primary clients, Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC, the complaint says.

The legislation in question imposes limitations on so-called "legacy lawsuits" — civil actions...

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