A New Orleans Federal judge has ordered actors Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Costner to be present in court as a jury gets set to hear a lawsuit over oil cleanup technology.
Baldwin has filed suit claiming that he was cut out of millions in profits after a venture with Kevin Costner to develop oil spill cleanup technology was purchased by BP Oil.
Costner was a partner in a group that developed the technology over the last several years. Baldwin and a friend say they later invested in the project.
Baldwin and his friend contend that they sold their shares in the company called Ocean Therapy Solutions without the knowledge that Costner was working to hammer out a deal with BP to use the technology in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
The agreement between the oil giant and Costner’s company yielded an $18 million advance on more than $52 million in equipment from Ocean Therapy Solutions.
Baldwin and his friend are suing for $21 million in damages.
In a twist, Costner has countersued claiming that Baldwin and his friend didn’t really invest any money in the company but walked away with $2 million when they sold their shares.
The trial is expected to last about two weeks.