Buzbee firm says consultant's claims are bogus

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Alleging a Florida man threatened litigation for compensation it asserts was not promised to him, The Buzbee Law Firm is asking a local state district judge to issue a declaratory judgment against the individual.

Court papers filed by attorney Tony Buzbee of Galveston on Jan. 28 in Galveston County District Court request that Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia rule Kevin Schneider is not entitled to a consulting fee since the law firm did not accept his services.

According to the original petition, defendant Schneider claims he met with attorneys from the Buzbee firm and was offered pay in exchange for his help with suits arising from last year's Deepwater Horizon explosion.

The Buzbee firm, however, claims Schneider's statements are false.

"To others, Schneider has advised that he knows this is untrue, but hopes to extract a payment from The Buzbee Law Firm to avoid the cost and expense of litigation," the suit says.

"To that end, Schneider has threatened to sue The Buzbee Law Firm to recover this alleged fee."

The plaintiff ultimately insists it did not enter into any agreement with the defendant thus argues no fraud on its part was committed.

Case No. 11-cv-0141

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