Skooter reporting 06/15/12
“The Waterworld” starhas won a high-status legal fight against fellow actor over their participation in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.
The case was deliberated for less than two hours by a New Orleans jury and handed down its verdict Thursday evening, throwing out all Baldwin's claims against Costner, WWL-TV reported.
The younger brother of actorfiled a lawsuit against Costner in 2010 claiming he was deceived into selling his shares in a company founded by Costner whose hi-tech machines were later used by BP to clean the water from oil contamination during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
When Costner left the court he quoted as saying, "My name means more to me than money. That's why we wanted to get to the truth of this." (unquote)
In response, Baldwin's lawyer told reporters, "The bigger celebrity won." They thought that they proved Kevin Costner made misrepresentations about the status of the company. The jury did not, the lawyer added.
In Baldwin's suit it claimed Costner misrepresented the value of the company by not fully revealing the existence of a $52 million deal with BP to buy the technology at the time he sold his shares.
BP purchased 32 of the company's cleanup devices and sent them in the Gulf of Mexico before permanently sealing the leaking well in Sept. 2010.
For many years Costner worked along with scientists in developing the technology, and in the summer of 2010 during the peak of the spill, he testified in front of Congress about his machines' capabilities.
New York Post