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Gov. Jindal lining up out of state legal team for BP investigation

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From BestOfNewOrleansBlog (http://blogofneworleans.com/blog/2010/06/11/bobby’s-focus/)

In the face of the worst environmental disaster in American history lapping at Louisiana’s fragile coastline, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has been working feverishly — trying to hire expensive, out-of-state lawyers to represent the state against BP in court.

Sources familiar with the administration’s efforts say that Team Jindal at one point proposed hiring a pair of non-Louisiana law firms, one of which typically represents large corporate clients, to sue BP on behalf of the state. That, even though many of the nation’s top environmental plaintiff lawyers live right here in Louisiana.

Our sources say state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office has opposed Team Jindal’s efforts, and so far the AG has at least been able to hold up the administration’s plan. Caldwell instead has retained a team of Louisiana plaintiff attorneys with much more experience suing polluters. To its credit, the Division of Administration, which reports to Jindal, has signed off on the AG’s contracts with outside attorneys. This is typically a perfunctory administrative function, but in this case the review and approval were expedited at Caldwell’s request.

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Written by demon53

June 13, 2010 at 12:22 am

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