NEW ORLEANS — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster.
BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. According to BP's motion, Juneau worked for the state from July 2010 until July 21, 2011.
In separate, lengthy rebuttals filed Wednesday, plaintiffs' lawyers and Juneau said BP was aware of Juneau's prior consultation with Louisiana officials when he was interviewed and nominated for appointment. Juneau said he expressly told BP about his work for the state, and that the work was "widely and publicly known."
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