Firm Says Fee Referral Deal For BP Oil Spill Cases Illegal

By Emma Cueto (June 8, 2017, 8:54 PM EDT) -- A law firm accused of breaking an oral agreement with a financial company told a Florida federal court Wednesday that the company's suit should be thrown out because the alleged agreement, in which the company would receive a 10 percent cut of awards given to Deepwater Horizon clients the company referred, would be illegal.

The court should dismiss a suit by Centurion Holding Inc., argued Louisiana's Houghtaling Law Firm LLC, because it did not specify who was supposed to pay Centurion the 10 percent of the gross award. The firm said that if the clients were supposed to pay, the suit was invalid...

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