Dean David Logan addresses BP allegations that Louisiana's "cozy" legal community has turned the claims program into a "feeding frenzy of non-existent losses."

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Logan on 'Cronyism' in BP Claims Process

Dean David Logan addresses BP allegations that Louisiana's "cozy" legal community has turned the claims program into a "feeding frenzy of non-existent losses."

From New Orleans' THE ADVOCATE: "BP takes aim at federal judge’s son" by Richard Thompson

U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.NEW ORLEANS, February 10, 2014: When David Duval found himself out of a job in 2012, the former lawyer had a powerful ally in his corner: his father, U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. [...]

Duval is just one example of alleged cronyism that BP has trotted out in the campaign it is waging both in court and before the public. In a series of full-page newspaper ads in the New York Times and elsewhere, BP argues that the cozy nature of the Louisiana legal community has turned the claims program into a feeding frenzy that pays out “windfall payments to numerous business claimants for non-existent, artificially calculated losses.”

[...] Now, some observers speculate that the extended Duval family may soon find themselves the targets of an upcoming BP ad.

“The law seems to be a family business. Different parts of the family have different parts of the business, but they’re all in the law business, and they’re all in the BP business,” said David Logan, dean of the law school at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

[...] Legal experts said Mix’s effort to have Duval disqualified faces an uphill battle, simply because his lawyers filed their objections too late.

“In a sense, the clock started running for the defense lawyers to make that argument and sort of pin him (Duval) down and they didn’t pin him down,” Logan, the law dean, said about the amount of time that passed after the judge’s 2012 disclosure. “Instead, he went ahead and did, some months later, what he said he might do.”

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