Texas Law Firm Target of BP Lawsuit

GULFPORT, MS (AP) — Three Mississippi businessmen argue in a federal lawsuit that Texas attorneys owe them $7.9 million for steering to them thousands of people seeking to resolve claims against BP from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

         Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, who is also a Hancock County supervisor, filed the lawsuit this past week in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Mississippi.

         The Sun Herald’s Anita Lee reports the three want payment for their services and unspecified punitive damages.

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         Defendants are Houston, Texas, attorneys Jimmy Williamson and Michael Pohl.

         The lawsuit alleges the three steered 9,486 clients to the lawyers. The lawsuit says the three got some money but are still owed $7.9 million.

         In a joint venture, Pohl and Williamson represented clients injured by the BP oil catastrophe.

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