Affidavits filed at a court in Galveston, Texas, state that Greg Alexander, a lawyer representing two workers injured in the refinery explosion in March last year, was offered the sum by Kenneth Tekell, BP’s lawyer. The money was to be payable to a ministry of Mr Alexander’s choice and in his name, upon settlement of the victims’ compensation claims.
Mr Alexander rejected the offer, and the injured workers, Calvin Bolds and Kenneth Grant, have filed a motion with the court asking that it prevent BP from offering further inducements to the plaintiff’s lawyers.
The motion was filed by The Buzbee Law Firm, also acting for the victims, and alleges that the donation was an attempt “to cloud [Mr Alexander’s] judgement and convince him to setttle these cases contrary to the wishes of Grant and Bolds”. It asks the court to consider additional monetary sanctions against BP for the alleged attempt to influence the victim’s lawyer and to create a conflict of interest, contrary to rules that require that an attorney be loyal to his client.