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Oil and gas lawsuit contract modified

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:55 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2013 11:55 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil, gas, lawsuit, attorneys, contract, levee board, new orleans

NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys suing oil and gas companies on behalf of a New Orleans-area levee board have agreed to modify their contract.

They would take less money if they suit is successful and have removed a part of the contract that critics have said give them too much control over the process.

Under the change, lawyers would not get part of the rebuilding cost if an energy company is forced to rebuild wetlands.

The agreement was proposed by the Jones Swanson law firm a month ago in a letter to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, but made public after a closed-door session Thursday.

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