Oil Spill Lawyers To Defend Themselves At Hearing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers accused of wrongdoing in the handling of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are expected to testify Friday before a federal judge.

         U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear from lawyers at the center of a probe into claims of fraud arising from a settlement of civil litigation following the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig disaster that sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf.

         A 2013 probe, conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh, alleged several instances of wrongdoing by claimants and lawyers.

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         At Friday's hearing, the lawyers are expected to challenge the report's findings.

         Freeh charged that lawyers with the settlement program acted improperly and in some instances illegally.

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