BP Deal Objectors Drop Appeal, Say Attys Misled Them

Law360, Chicago (November 26, 2013, 2:04 PM EST) -- Three Florida property owners who challenged BP PLC’s estimated $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement dropped their appeal Friday, telling the Fifth Circuit that they were misled by their lawyers at every turn.

After retaining new counsel, the property owners filed a joint motion to voluntarily dismiss their appeal, accusing their prior counsel — Theodore Frank and Joseph Darrell Palmer — of taking “unauthorized and unapproved actions” on their behalf.

“Appellants now realize, much to their extreme chagrin, prior counsel’s machinations and subterfuge, of which...
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