Stephen Baldwin sues Costner over oil device

June 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, June 4 (UPI) -- Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin were in court Monday in New Orleans, battling over a business deal for a device designed to contain oil spills

Costner is being sued by Baldwin, along with another plaintiff, seeking unspecified civil damages. Patrick Smith, a business associate of Costner's, and Pacific West Resources, a California company in which they are officers, are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman says both Baldwin and Costner must appear each day at the trial, WWL-TV, New Orleans, reported.

Baldwin and fellow plaintiff Spyridon Contogouris were minority stockholders in Ocean Therapy Solutions, which Costner formed to market a centrifugal device that separates oil from water.

The plaintiffs allege Costner failed to tell them about a meeting in 2010 in which the British oil producer BP agreed to make an $18 million deposit on an order for 32 of the devices that was valued at an estimated $52 million.

Baldwin says he and Contogouris, unaware of the meeting, sold their their shares in Ocean Therapy Solutions for $500,000 and $1.4 million, respectively, missing out on their share of $38 million in profits from the BP deal.

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