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Aug 15, 2013 4:38 PM by AP

Firm challenges hold on processing its BP claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm.

A court filing Thursday by Andry Lerner LLC said there is no evidence that Lionel Sutton III was paid any money to influence the firm's claims while he worked as a staff attorney for claims administrator Patrick Juneau's office.

Freeh is investigating allegations that Sutton received a portion of settlement proceeds for claims he referred to Andry Lerner before joining Juneau's staff.

In June, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier imposed a temporary hold on more than 700 claims for nearly 500 of Andry Lerner's clients.

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