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Lawyers to OK oil suit changes

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Attorneys suing 97 oil and gas companies on behalf of a New Orleans-area levee board have agreed to modify their contract to trim the amount they would receive if they succeed with the suit.

The lawyers also agreed to remove elements of the contract that critics have said give them too much control over the process.

One change under the agreement: If an energy company is forced to rebuild wetlands, the law firm will not be paid a share of the cost of the rebuilding.

The agreement was proposed by the Jones Swanson law firm a month ago in a letter sent to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, but made public after a closed-door session Thursday.

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