Kevin Costner arrives at Federal Court on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in New Orleans. A jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial for Stephen Baldwin’s lawsuit against Costner over their multimillion dollar business dispute in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit accuses Costner and Smith of duping Baldwin and friend Spyridon Contogouris over their investments in an oil cleanup device that BP used after the spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury late Thursday rejected claims that Kevin Costner and his business partner duped fellow actor Stephen Baldwin and a friend out of millions of dollars from a BP contract for using oil cleanup devices in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
The panel deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict in the lawsuit brought by Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris Their lawyer had asked the eight-member jury to award the plaintiffs more than $17 million in damages.
The jury gave them nothing.
Costner, who smiled and shook his attorney’s hand after the verdict, said he was grateful for the opportunity to clear his name.
“My name means more to me than money and that’s why we didn’t settle,” he said shortly after the verdict.
Costner also praised the jury for “doing their best to understand everything” in a complex case.
“They were really smart, and it was my Login to read more