Part of the recent five-state settlement reached by BP over the Gulf oil spill will go to reimburse politically-connected plaintiffs’ firms hired by the state of Louisiana, reports Legal Newsline.
According to court records, the settlement includes BP putting “$20 million toward what Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office has said is a $58 million legal bill to pursue state claims against the oil company.”
“Much of Louisiana’s legal costs were racked up by 11 private law firms Caldwell contracted to help the state with the case,” reports Legal Newsline. According to the settlement, those 11 law firms were hired through no-bid contracts for a combined $28 million in legal fees.
“In the case of the BP settlement, state campaign finance records show that eight of the 11 outside firms contributed a combined $186,000 to Caldwell’s election efforts,” continues the report.
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