Firm challenges hold on processing its BP claims
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm.
A court filing Thursday by Andry Lerner LLC said there is no evidence that Lionel Sutton III was paid any money to influence the firm's claims while he worked as a staff attorney for claims administrator Patrick Juneau's office.
Freeh is investigating allegations that Sutton received a portion of settlement proceeds for claims he referred to Andry Lerner before joining Juneau's staff.
In June, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier imposed a temporary hold on more than 700 claims for nearly 500 of Andry Lerner's clients.