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July 13, 2016

In the News Today – July 13, 2016

  • Plaintiffs in Gulf Oil Spill Case Accuse Their Own Plaintiffs’ Lawyers of Fraud: Four Vietnamese seafood workers and fishing boat owners have filed a complaint against their own plaintiffs’ lawyers. The workers allege they agreed to be represented by the plaintiffs’ firm in low-dollar claims against BP over work they supposedly performed during the Gulf oil spill cleanup, but that the “law firm improperly attempted to extend its representation to higher-value claims for economic losses.” The plaintiffs claim they never agreed to pay the firm’s contingency fees in connection with those economic loss settlements. (Reuters
  • Why did Feds Attempt to Prosecute FedEx, UPS — But not the U.S. Postal Service?: Last month, FedEx Corporation scored a major victory as federal prosecutors dropped all charges in a criminal drug shipping conspiracy case. The Washington Legal Foundation’s Cory Andrews said the case, and a related settlement with UPS, shows the federal government “holds the private sector to a higher standard than its own agencies, like the U.S. Postal Service” and is more likely to attack a federal agency’s private-sector competitors. (Forbes/Legal Newsline)

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