Federal judge sanctions 3 lawyers over mishandling of BP damage claims



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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has barred three lawyers — including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility — from handling damage claims over BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly lied about a system of payments set up to help speed claims through the process.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued sanctions against lawyers Lionel Sutton III, Jonathan Andry and Glen Lerner.

Barbier ruled that all three lawyers be disqualified from representing clients with damage claims against the oil giant over its 2010 spill.

Barbier also ordered a court-appointed special master who investigated the allegations to file complaints with disciplinary authorities in Louisiana and Nevada. Lerner is based in Las Vegas.

At a November hearing on the allegations, Barbier spoke harshly about the lawyers' alleged actions.

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