US. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is overseeing a massive settlement stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, ruled against a motion to remove embattled Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau.
Judge Barbier’s ruling appears to run counter to the the long history of inefficiency and abuse that has plagued the Court Supervised Settlement Program under Mr. Juneau’s leadership.
Since being tapped to oversee the settlement in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Mr. Juneau has presided over several high profile scandals including the systemic payment of questionable claims and allegations of money laundering that caused several of his top officials to resign. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Mr. Juneau has also somehow managed to make the Pentagon procurement process look like penny pinching by spending roughly $1 on overhead for every $5 paid out to claimants.
Nevertheless, Judge Barbier is standing by his man. Check out complete coverage on the announcement from the Louisiana Record here.