NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas lawyer has resigned from the team of plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC and are facing the company at trial over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Probably won't be as damaging to the case against BP as evidence tampering was to the case against Fred Heebe.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order Wednesday did not say why Mikal Watts, who was in court only for the trial’s first day, resigned from the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
In short, Lemann believes it’s no coincidence that the probe and trial were called off right before the government was to hand over evidence—a microphone disguised as a pen—for forensic examination by the defense. The pen-mic was used by businessman Mark Titus, then under federal investigation, to record his meetings with the feds. Lemann thinks the government lied about what was discussed at meetings, and perhaps even erased data on the recorder to help their case.But it's an annoyance nonetheless. A few week's ago Dambala called attention to the developing situation with regard to Watts.