BP plaintiffs lawyer once represented Scruggs

Meanwhile, Issacharoff has moved on to helping represent a group of class action plaintiffs suing BP.

On Monday, he served as counsel for the plaintiffs at a hearing held in a federal appeals court involving the administration of claims processing to individuals and businesses negatively affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The expedited appeal was taken up in the Fifth Circuit just a little over three months after defendant BP filed it on April 5.

At issue are claims by BP that the settlement process it agreed to in May 2012, which pays out settlements to businesses and individuals affected by the explosion of the BP-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has been perverted to provide settlements over and above what those affected deserve in addition to being applied to businesses that were not affected by the spill.

BP originally estimated that the settlement to be worth $7.8 billion to the plaintiffs, but the claims process has no cap and is expected to grow substantially if the current process is left in place.

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