BP: Emeril Lagasse’s $8 million settlement for Gulf oil spill losses fraudulent

BP: Emeril Lagasse’s $8 million settlement for Gulf oil spill losses fraudulent

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse isn’t feeling the love from oil giant BP this week.

In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Thursday, BP took aim at Lagasse’s restaurants in the oil company’s ongoing public campaign to force businesses seeking oil spill settlement money prove their losses were caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

In the ad — the latest in a series from BP — the company asks “would you pay this claim?” and outlines the story of an unnamed “celebrity chef” whose restaurant management company “was awarded more than $8 million” based on a “fictional loss” in its finances that year. It holds up the claim as an abuse of the settlement program.

But on Friday, Emeril’s Homebase management firm and the Deepwater Horizon claims administrator both insisted the claim was legitimate under the terms of the BP-approved settlement agreement.

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