The Attorney General’s Complaint confirms, as alleged in CPM’s lawsuit, that BP’s contracts with California contain explicit caps on the amount that BP can charge California for natural gas. In violation of those contractual caps, BP has routinely charged California many times the amount that non-governmental customers were charged.
The Attorney General’s Complaint alleges that California accounted for 35 percent of BP’s customer profit margin, even though the state comprised only eight percent of their business by volume. According to the Complaint, “‘Squeezing gold out of that goose’” is how one of Defendants’ employees closest to the DGS account described transacting with the state . . .”
The case was filed in 2012 by a former-employee of BP, under the California False Claims Act. Niall P. McCarthy and Justin T. Berger are handling the case for CPM. The whistleblower complaint can be found here.
Justin T. Berger is a Partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where he handles high-profile cases of corporate fraud, including representing whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the federal and California False Claims Acts ...
Niall P. McCarthy, a Partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and Santa Clara University School of Law. He has practiced with the firm since 1992.
Niall has been named a Top 100 ...