While Settlement Framework is Solid, Appeals Court Asks Presiding Judge to Broaden Policy Review

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a clarifying Order yesterday, directing Judge Barbier to broaden his review on remand to include the “causation” provision of the BP Settlement Agreement as he considers what “policy changes”, if any, should be made to the Settlement Program. The appellate court ruling essentially states that the District Court…

Investigation of BP Settlement and Administrator Patrick Juneau Finds no Corruption

Judge Carl Barbier, the Federal Judge overseeing the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program, recently called on former FBI director Louis Freeh, to investigate the inner workings of the Program and to ensure that Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau was not participating in any conduct that could be considered unethical. Following the discovery of an isolated case of…