A single firm, Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams of Metairie, La., near New Orleans, has signed up about 800 clients, mostly from Nassau and Queens, and has filed more than half the existing suits. The Rain Law Firm of Hallandale Beach, Fla., has 450 local clients.
Ferrari racers defy danger in Avondale event, raise money for Scouts
As lawsuits against the company mount, one stands out for its financial depth. A case brought last month in New Orleans by Western Express says that Pilot Flying J's scheme to defraud the trucking company cost it more than $75 million.
John Houghtaling listed in the roster of attorneys in the Pilot cases.
Pilot Flying J, the truck-stop chain under investigation for skimming rebates to customers, has hit a new stumbling block: a lawsuit that could exceed $70 million by one of its most loyal trucking customers.

Oil Leak Inspires Novel Ideas

Article By: JACK DUFFY
Publisher: The New York Times
Published On: 6/3/2010


One new idea that BP has agreed to test came recently from the actor Kevin Costner, who, in the days after the gulf spill, formed a company called Ocean Therapy Solutions with a New Orleans trial lawyer, John Houghtaling, and other local investors.

The company, an outgrowth of 15 years of research financed by Mr. Costner in reaction to the fouling of the Alaskan coastline by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, has developed high-powered oil-water separators that have been described as giant vacuum cleaners on barges.

"The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water and separate at unprecedented rates," Mr. Houghtaling, who is chief executive of Ocean Therapy Solutions, said. The most powerful of the machines can process 200 gallons a minute and produce water that is 99 percent clean of crude oil, he said. BP was planning to install six of the company's machines on barges for a test.

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