A federal jury in New Orleans rejected Thursday claims that Kevin Costner and his business partner swindled Stephen Baldwin and a friend out of millions of dollars from a BP contract for oil cleanup devices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
The panel deliberated for less than two hours before ruling against a lawsuit brought by Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris. Their lawyer had asked the jury to award the plaintiffs more than $17 million in damages. They got nothing, the Associated Press reported.
Contogouris and Baldwin sold their shares in Ocean Therapy Solutions for $1.4 million and $500,000, respectively. Baldwin testified he would have held out for much more had he known BP had committed to ordering 32 centrifuges.