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Polar Opposites: David Duval compared with Judge Edith Clement

BP SettlementThis morning I saw the second Freeh Report, which basically highlighted David Duval`s departure from the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.

It seems to me that the only chink in Mr. Duval’s armor was an email that he sent to his cousin regarding a panelists comments. Neither Mr. Duval or his cousin had any sort of monetary gain at stake from sending it, or reading it.

As the report noted, Mr. Duval was forthright immediately. As I understand it, he actually told the DWHS Leadership, and I will repeat this again, he had no financial gain whatsoever in sending this email to his cousin who is also an attorney.

He immediately resigned, as sending the email was contrary to an agreement that he had with the leadership of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement regarding confidentiality, and he wanted to avoid any hint of impropriety.

Now lets Compare Judge Clement’s Actions to David Duval’s

Let’s compare what happened to David Duval and how he dealt with it, versus what is going on with Judge Clement and her relationships with Big Oil.

Clement will not Leave the FREE organization (Foundation for the Environment and Economics)

Another opinion on F.R.E.E.

This is sourcewatch.org’s view of the FREE Organization -

Based out of Bozeman, Montana, FREE is a prime engine for free market environmentalism in the area of education.

The chairman, John Baden (a past member of the National Petroleum Council), preaches reliance on market mechanisms and private property rights, rather than on environmental law, for protection of the environment. Baden stresses decentralization – a shift of control from what he calls “Green platonic despots in D.C.” to “local interests.”

In reference to the agenda of FREE, Baden has written that it’s, “the norm among progressive, intellectually honest and successful environmentalists.”

One of the newest FREE plans is the “Charter Forest” project, in which national forests would no longer operate under the “multiple use” standard. Instead, each forest would be managed by whomever could make the greatest profit from it.

FREE has been offering all expense-paid trips to seminars for federal judges.

These seminars which feature such topics as “The Environment: A CEO’s Perspective” are usually held at private ranches or resorts in Montana with a plethora of amenities for the judges to enjoy. In the late 90′s, FREE bragged that nearly 1/3 of the federal judiciary had either attended or was seeking to attend one of their seminars.

The Koch Brother Support FREE:

This is from GREENPEACE

Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group is the

Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE)

GreenPeace reported that  FREE received $430,000 from Koch foundations 2005-2011 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2011: $1,525,000].
Peter Geddes, Executive Vice President of FREE, has advocated against taking action on climate change because warming is “inevitable” and expensive to address. In addition, FREE sponsors seminars for federal judges that have been criticized for creating judicial conflicts of interest.

It gets BETTER – guess who The Koch brothers do Business with, BP of course.

The Koch Brothers even pollute the environment with BP, just ask the residents on the East Side of Chicago. This was recently documented by the Huffington Post. Here is the article.

So Judge Clement who is a board member of FREE, who takes large donations from the Koch Brothers, who work with BP, and both pollute the environment.

It is Very Very Clear that Judge Clement has a conflict of interest here, she should not be in any way associated with BP. Yet the Companies who fund her organization work closely with BP.

For further clarification of the Junkets for Judges program and Judge Clements TAINTED relationship with FREE click here.

This is from their website

FREE’s mission is to imagine and implement an economic way of thinking that is consistent with a society of free and responsible individuals

In essence they are for deregulation of the Energy and Oil Industrial sector, but they do have a few noble endeavors towards helping wildlife, but don`t let that fool you. This is an organization with a lot of influence that works for Big Oil and their interests.

It is funded by Exxon/Mobil, the Koch Brothers,Texaco, Exxon, General Electric,  Monsanto, and Shell. They are the major players in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Judge Clement has a relationship with an organization which she has been asked to step down from by Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United Stated District Court  other judges have stepped down from FREE, so that there would not be a conflict of interest. Judge Clement still participates in FREE  as a board member

Judge Clement appears to have a long-standing relationship with Big Oil she was appointed to  the bench by George W. Bush and we all know he loved big oil. Bush signed the most sweeping bill to deregulate oil in 2005. Judge Clement was assigned to the 5th Circuit in 2001. Do you think that George Bush had an agenda to advance Big Oils interests, YOU BET HE DID.

If you look at Judge Clement’s stock portfolio you will notice that many of her mutual funds have energy stocks within them, she had interest in BP stock until 2009 or so.

If you compare David Duval`s actions and voluntarily resigning, versus Judge Clement’s refusal to recuse herself after a relationship with FREE. They are polar opposite in terms of integrity.

It is clear that Mr Duval has taken the high road while Judge Clement stands firm with Big Oil, and this has negatively impacted the BP Claims Settlement, either by her own ideology which is why Bush appointed her, or because of her relationship with Big Oil or a combination there of.

It is very clear what her next move should be, and it is not hearing the next appeal, but to step down from FREE, and correct any public perception of impropriety .

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Judge Edith Clement and Big Oil

“IS THE BP CLAIMS PROCESS BEING HIJACKED BY FRIENDS OF BIG OIL”

BP Claims and Judge Edith ClementOn Thursday morning, January 16, I was sent a link to an article written by James Gill of The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
The article was on  Judge Edith Clement, who is the 5th Circuit Judge that originally sided with BP, and will hear more of BP`s appeals in the very near future. 

The article points out that there may be a good reason that this judge, who seems to be very friendly to BP with her written opinions, is making the decisions that greatly benefit BP, and not the people that were financially harmed by the worst man-made disaster in U.S. history.

Judge Clement and FREE

The article points out that Judge Clement has for years been a board member one of the most active front organizations, for Big Oil and Energy. She is a board member of  The Foundation for Research into Economics and the Environment (a.k.a. FREE). This organization seems to be very pro big oil, as its chairperson, John Baden, is a past member of the National Petroleum Council.

As the article points out, Judge Clement’s picture is on the website, she is a board member. This group is funded by Big Oil and takes luxurious junkets yearly, one of the last ones being to Montana, it was estimated by an independent group that the cost per individual of that trip was 10,000 dollars a head. It is not clear where all of the funding for this group comes from but it is clear that, at least in part, it is funded by big oil. One of the major financial contributors is Exxon/Mobil.

Apparently sometime in 2005, Judge Andre M. Davis was a board member of this same group and someone filed a formal complaint citing the obvious conflict of interest. Judge Davis requested an opinion from the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United Stated District Court. Their opinion was issued on March 30, 2005 and it clearly explained that the honorable judge was violating several rules by being on the board of FREE. In a nut shell, the opinion was that the judge’s service on the board of this group calls into question the judge’s partiality on certain issues. Since the group is funded in part by “Big Oil” who would you think the judge would favor in a court case?

 The article goes on to explain that Douglas Kendall, the President of the Constitutional Accountability Center in Washington, DC, wrote to Clement pointing out the Judicial Conference of the United States had ruled that joining FREE’s board was against its code of conduct, she did not respond. Click here to read the letter to Judge Clement dated December 9, 2010.

She is still a member to this day and you can see a picture of her here, she is on the Board of DirectorsJUDGE EDITH CLEMENT FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES AND BP STOCK


If you look at Judge Clements 2011 financial disclosures here is a l link to them you will see how vested she is an energy stocks, specifically Vanguard which is as I understand is one of the largest stockholders of BP stock in the United States. Please understand, I am not saying any of the Vanguard mutual funds she owns has BP Stock in them, but should`nt this and her relationship with FREE at the very least be looked into.

Top Mutual Fund Holders of BP Stock according to Yahoo Finance.

Franklin Custodian Funds-Income Fund
Vanguard/Wellington Fund Inc.
Vanguard/Windsor II 15,549,869
Vanguard Specialized-Energy Fund
DFA International Value Series
American Mutual Fund Inc
Invesco Comstock Fd 4,826,424
American Beacon Large Cap Value Fd
Hartford Capital Appreciation Fund
Vanguard/Windsor Fund Inc

 

 Why does this matter?

In the judicial system of the United States, judges are required to recuse themselves (remove themselves from participating in a case), not only when they are biased, but even when they may appear biased to a neutral observer. This appearance-based recusal standard is intended to ensure the judge’s impartiality in resolving disputes, to protect the judiciary’s reputation, and to instill public confidence in the fairness of the courts.

 Just a side note here, George Busch appointed her, we know who he stands with, and that is Big Oil. Judge Clement also owned BP stock as late as 2009.

At this point, it appears many are questioning the impartiality of Judge Clement with regard to the BP case.

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The BP Settlement is Back ON

BP Settlement BP Settlement Resumes

I am pleased to tell everyone that the  BP SETTLEMENT  will resume. When? We really don`t know, but we are a whole lot closer. The 5th circuit judges as a majority, ruled in favor of Judge Barbier`s previous decisions. I speak for many when I tell you how pleased we all are.

We Thank The 5TH Circuit for actually “Making it Right” and for Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for having it RIGHT the whole time. We further appreciate Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for sticking to their guns, and holding BP accountable.

The Fifth Circuit Judges “Made it Right” by lifting the stay for Business Economic Losses or BEL`s imposed by a previous 5TH Circuit Panel.

BP was in a no lose position

Either BP could  stall the settlement,  or get it thrown out, they stalled. As BP stalled the settlement for the last several months, you need to wonder how much money BP accrued through its holdings during that time. How much money did BP save during this period, and how much did BP make with the money they should have been paying oil spill claims with.

Barbier and Juneau had it Right from the Start

Juneau and Judge Barbier  had it right from the beginning. BP had made an agreement that showed causation through the V test and other models and they were bound by the terms of that agreement.

In reality all this is was, was another stall tactic by BP.

There is no doubt that we’ve seen this before during the GCCF days and the BP settlement era. What it comes down to is, it just takes more time for people to get paid, and some people with VALID BP Claims will just let their claims go, and let BP off the hook, , they wore them down, don`t let them.

Some BP Claims /CPA`s /Processors/Attorneys/have Quit handling BP Claims

As part of the collateral damage many groups just could not afford to process BP claims anymore, or just elected not to. It is difficult to justify a continual expenditure on BP claims that just don`t seem to get paid. By BP continually stalling it, put many groups in a tough financial position.

Other issues are that many CPA groups, specifically the smaller ones are not staffed to handle BP claims and the regular accounting load. and these guys are now heading into tax season.

If you are a a group or firm that needs help with it`s BP Claims Case load call 1-800-BP-CLAIM. We have other processors and attorney`s that would be happy to work something out with you.
The  BP claims processes was meant to to get people paid. Plain and simple, not get blocked by BP every step of the way.
BP`s strategy revealed  they would use of the Delay, Deny and Defend strategy.  This is the standard strategy by unscrupulous insurance companies and BP.

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BP Settlement Update

BP Settlement Entire BP Settlement Appealed by BP

Monday, November 4, arguments were made by BP to the Federal Appeals Court regarding last year’s initial approval of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement. The BP Settlement was put in place to compensate businesses and individuals along the Gulf Coast who took economic losses in relation to the oil spill.

What does the BP Settlement want to accomplish?

BP is trying to renege on the terms they originally agreed to, which would therefore put a total end to the settlement. This appeal is separate from a ruling made last month that is forcing BP and the Plaintiff Steering Committee to create new guidelines for the financial calculations of certain BP Settlement Business Claims. BP made this appeal because they believe that if the new calculation guidelines are not in their favor, the entire settlement should be thrown out.

The Arguments in Court

BP continues to claim that the current settlement terms are being misinterpreted by Judge Barbier and the Claims Administrator, Patrick Juneau. The Plaintiff Steering Committee, however, states that BP simply underestimated the actual costs of the settlement and the amount of claimants that would be eligible to file claims.

The judges handling the appeal gave no time frame on how soon they would issue a ruling.  However, a lawyer for BP did mention that the judges may want to wait to make a decision until the new business claim calculations are agreed upon.

The Truth about the BP Settlement

Have there been claims that have been paid that did not deserve it? It is a possibility. The way the BP Settlement is set up, businesses need only exhibit a certain revenue pattern to prove their eligibility to receive compensation. Technically, a business that made more money in 2010 than in any other year could be eligible to receive compensation.

BP continues to claim there have been numerous fraudulent claims that have been filed. The way the settlement was set up may allow some claims to qualify even if their loss was not spill related.  However, if the claims display the correct revenue pattern and are located within a designated economic loss zone, they qualify and there is nothing fraudulent about that. BP agreed to the initial terms and should have foreseen and properly estimated the true cost of the settlement.

We do not think it is fair for businesses that were not truly affected by the spill to receive compensation. Is it fair that businesses who actually made more money in 2010 have received settlements? We don’t think so. Should the calculation terms be re-reviewed? We think so, but we also think that the entire settlement should not be thrown out. The Deepwater Horizon Settlement is a major advancement to its predecessor The Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The parameters of the GCCF’s payouts were highly questionable, while the Deepwater Horizon Settlement guidelines are crystal clear.

What is the best option for all parties involved?

The Entire Deepwater Horizon Settlement should not come to an end.  BP should be able to alter the business claim calculations to create more reasonable offers to claimants. There are still many eligible, legitimate claims that have yet to be paid. Completely abolishing the settlement makes it a lose-lose situation for everyone. We have faith that the courts will keep the settlement in place and correct the business calculation parameters to reach a happy medium between BP and the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee.

As always we are here to help you, the people of the Gulf. At the moment the future of business claims is up in the air until rulings are made in court. Most Individual, VoO and Seafood Compensation claims continue to move forward, while the processing of business claims has come to a temporary halt. We process claims for Attorney’s throughout the country and can help you receive the BP settlement you deserve.  Call today if you would like to begin a claim or have questions on a claim you already have pending. We will do whatever we can to help. Check back frequently for the most recent news on the BP Settlement.

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BP tries to cut budget to slow payment of BP Claims

bp claims  Patrick Juneau, the Claims Administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement has stated he believes BP is attempting to slow down the BP Claims process.

  Continuing to ask for budgets cuts, payment halts, and appeals, is all part of their scheme to keep as much money for themselves as possible. If you’ve been following the settlement and keeping up with the ongoing proceedings, you would know this is nothing new.

 We have talked to processors and Attorneys who have seen up to a 400% spike in BP appealing claims over the last 5 weeks.

 For the fourth quarter, BP has asked for a $25.5 million budget cut for the processing of BP Claims through the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement. A few months back, they had also asked for a budget cut for the third quarter but were denied by Judge Barbier.

The budget being requested for the fourth quarter is based upon the claims administrators supported estimate of costs needed to employ enough staff to keep BP claims at the current backlog rate. Of the over 200,000 claims that have been received by the settlement there are over 88,000 that have not yet begun review.

Why is it taking so long to process BP Claims?

 BP figures the more roadblocks they throw at the claimants, the more people will become frustrated and give up. They challenge the settlement and the claimants every step of the way. Juneau requested the budget to hire an additional 100 accounts to review complex Business Economic Loss Claims, but was shot down by BP. What does that mean? The claims process will continue to drag on at the current rate of processing; slow and not so steady.

The probing into the settlement conducted by Louis Freeh revealed that Brown Greer, an independent processing group hired by BP and the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, resisted the Claims Administrators Office’s efforts to create efficiencies and control costs. It is important to note that Brown Greer was negotiated into the Settlement by BP.

It has been said that Brown Greer just wants to promote the business and financial interests of their own company. Brown Greer`s monthly fee from the settlement is over 15 million dollars.

After following Brown Greer and their strategy to slow down the BP Claims process during the GCCF era, and now the BP Settlement era, one can only wonder if they are in collusion with BP, and that is why BP negotiated them into the Settlement.

You would think after the debacle that the GCCF was, that the last thing anybody would want is to leave the company that was in charge of processing the bulk of the claims in play at any capacity, but no BP insisted that their role would continue into the Settlement. BP clearly has an agenda and Brown Greer is a part of that agenda.

After seeing the writing on the wall, the BP Settlement Leadership was smart enough to bring in Postlethwaite and Netterville to assist with expediting BP Claims for the BP Settlement. This took time for them to realize, for many businesses and individuals it only exacerbated their current economic condition. Postlethwaite and Netterville has done an excellent job in processing BP Claims for the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.

Brown Greer slowed the claims process during the GCCF era, indeed forcing many people to take Quick Pays, this pattern continued into Settlement, It is because of this negligence, ineptitude, and sheer contempt, that those who were forced to take Quick Pays should be allowed to comeback to the table under the Settlement or some other apparatus. These people deserve to be made whole, not to be Victimized a second or third time by a processor that clearly has it`s own agenda, and it certainly is not helping the people of the Gulf Region.

Should Brown Greer be investigated?

 Since Brown Greer was also involved in processing claims for the GCCF when it was in existence. Many claimants and attorneys believe they should be investigated for mishandling claims during that era. Did Brown Greer stall the claims process for the companies own interests?

Look at the history. They worked with Feinberg who was hired by BP to create the quick pay option which robbed many people of the settlements they rightfully deserved. They delayed in paying people, and that placed many in or near bankruptcy, businesses and homes were lost due to their lack of action. Those that took quick pays should be allowed back to the settlement, or at least a chance for a recalculation to compensate for actual losses.

All of this being said, this is Brown Greer`s history. In the end, the only interests they have served are their own, and BP`s.

It has been rumored that Brown Greer is attempting to take control of aspects of the BP settlement, and exude it`s influence. We have seen this firsthand, and we can tell you this it`s not helping people get paid, actually it`s quite the opposite.

Find out if you Qualify for the BP Settlement

If would you like to find out if you qualify to file a claim, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free claim evaluation. The deadline to file all claims is vastly approaching. Call us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete the form on this page, and we will contact you within 24 hours.

 

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BP Medical Settlement Update

BP Medical Settlement Update

bp medical settlement  Immediately after the oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, efforts were made by BP to begin the cleanup process along beaches and shorelines. A sea-floor oil gusher continued to spew crude oil into the Gulf for 87 days until the leak was capped. In total, 210 million gallons of oil were dumped into the ocean due to BP’s negligence.

90,000 workers and over 7,000 vessels were assembled throughout the Gulf regions to begin containing, dispersing and removing the remaining oil and tar deposits in the summer of 2010.

The clean-up efforts utilized 1.84 million gallons of the dispersant COREXIT, which acted to emulsify oil deposits that would normally rise to the surface, leaving them suspended in the water and on the ocean floor. Many of those working on the spill did so without gloves, masks or any form of protection from the hazardous substances to which they were exposed.

A study performed in 2012 by the Georgia Institute of Technology later revealed that when COREXIT mixes with oil, it becomes 52-times more toxic.

COREXIT is banned in several European countries because it does not pass their laboratory toxicity tests and they feel it is unsafe for human exposure. The composition of COREXIT contains hazardous chemicals which are known carcinogens. If exposed, other chemicals which compose the dispersant can cause damage to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver. Internal bleeding, blindness, and the buildup of chemicals in the flesh have also been witnessed. Some severe cases of exposure have led to death and many other debilitating conditions.

After only 3 years out from the spill, the long-term effects of exposure to crude oil and other dangerous dispersants are yet to be seen. To assist those who were exposed and became ill, BP created the BP Medical Settlement.

Current Status of the BP Medical Settlement

On January 11th 2013, the United States District Court in New Orleans granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement. However, because two appeals were made to the settlement in February, no claims are being reviewed or paid out. In July, one of the appeals was dropped, but one is still being contested. Until this appeal is resolved affected individuals will not receive any financial or medical help from BP.  The only move that has been made thus far is the Gulf Study, a research program sponsored by the US Government and BP to monitor the environment and individual health of those that were exposed to the oil and chemicals.

Why aren`t BP Medical Claims getting Paid

The remaining appeal was filed by Darrell Palmer, an Attorney from California with four clients out of Florida who suffered from exposure to the harsh chemicals. The Plaintiffs Steering Committee asked that a $50,000 bond be placed on Palmer which he would be forced to pay to continue the appeal. The judge placed that bond and Lawyer Theodore Frank paid it for Palmer and will continue the appeal in his place.

If the appeal is lifted, the BP Medical Settlement will have to start reviewing claims and paying the affected individuals. Some claimants can expect to receive up to $60,700 for damages they suffered. The conditions of the settlement would also allow them the right to litigate at a later date should any further spill-related medical conditions arise. Unfortunately at the moment though, all of this is at a standstill until the appeal on the settlement has been lifted.

People have become very sick from exposure to these carcinogenic chemicals, yet medical claims are not being paid. Many are out of work because of conditions imposed upon them by their past as a cleanup worker. Although the economy was highly affected by the spill, it seems as if people’s health is much more important than compensating a business for lost revenue.

From day one, we have been in this to help people.

W.C. Bohack the principal of BPClaims.org was on the water off Grand Isle in mid June 2010, to see firsthand what exactly was going on, he has often mentioned you could taste the Corexit in the air, and wandered what the after effects would be. We are seeing a continued rise in certain cancers and other respiratory and skin issues, many of them, chronic. These are issues that we will be dealing with for many years to come. Including the cleanup workers and those that resided in affected zones, over 200,000 may be eligible to receive medical benefits through the BP Medical Settlement.

We have been assisting people that were injured by the use of Corexit since the very beginning, we have been in touch with some of the best personal injury attorneys in the country who will fight to get you justice. They are actually having people go to doctors, to be tested and they are paying for it. Do not hesitate to call. If have been experiencing any health changes since the spill that you feel may be related, contact us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or fill out our form.

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BP Settlement Still Under Fire from BP

When will BP Stop Trying to delay the BP Settlement?

bp settlement logoBP is at it again. After twice asking for a halt on all payments until the internal investigation within the BP settlement has concluded, Judge Barbier has ordered the BP Claims Administrator to respond to BP’s most recent request by August 26,2013.

If BP’s request is granted, payments to all claimants will be halted indefinitely. This is just what BP is hoping for.

Dirty Deeds Being done in the BP Settlement

We believe that certain Attorneys are trying to put an end to the settlement so they have the ability to litigate in court and charge 30-40% fees to claimants. In reality all the claimants want is a fair BP settlement and justice for their families and communities. Some attorneys on the other hand want as much of a cut they can get.

We also believe BP is trying to end the settlement, even though they are the ones that set it up with terms and guidelines to which they had previously agreed. BP has now seen that their initial projections of the actual dollar amount to be contributed to the BP settlement on their behalf were probably far too low.  They are paying out more than they ever expected to, and they are not happy.

Are BP and certain attorneys working together to dissolve the settlement? We don’t know, but it does seem that they have a common interest; MONEY.

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BP Settlement News – BP Claim Update

BP ClaimBP Claim Update – BP ordered to fund the settlement for the third quarter

 

While BP is yet again trying to stall payment to claims filed through the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement, a federal magistrate ordered them to pay $130 million dollars in fees to the claims administrator.

 

The judge ruled that BP must cough up the amount that was previously agreed upon as a part of the third-quarter budget. The settlement supervisor, Judge Carl Barbier, upheld this ruling after it was appealed by BP, even though the judge felt that BP had raised valid concerns in reference to fraudulent claims.

 

While the judges were aware of the ongoing concerns, they discerned that it was not plausible to cut off funding to the program with such short notice. Claims Administrator, Patrick Juneau believes the settlement would be in jeopardy of closing if it could not cover its expenses.

 

BP has asked for a stay on BP Claim payouts until the investigation taking place at the settlement program has ended. Louis Freeh, former FBI director, is looking into accusations of foul play by an attorney and other staff members that have been brought into question. Lionel H. Sutton III resigned in June because of allegations that before coming to work for the settlement he had referred several potential BP Claims to attorneys and was getting a cut of the proceeds. There were other allegations that a representative from a claimant assistance center in Alabama was helping claimants submit fraudulent claims for a portion of the proceeds.

 

The federal judge has not yet made a decision about the payment stall on BP Claims.

 

At BPClaims.org we believe in the integrity of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement. We believe that this institution is there to help the people. The claims process may be a slow process, but there are very strict guidelines that must be followed. A few bad apples would be found in virtually any organization that is inspected thoroughly.  That does not make the settlement as a whole corrupt. We know that Carl Barbier and Pat Juneau are fighting for the people of the Gulf, and that they will continue to.

 

In the meantime, let the BP Claim payments continue to roll out.

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BP Settlement News

BP Settlement NewsBP’s new Advertising Campaign paints them as the victim of the Oil Spill incident, trying to discourage the filing of future BP Claims. 

It seems as if BP will try just about anything to stop paying out BP Claims. Their new full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are stating that many lawyers and claimants whose losses are not spill-related are benefiting from the settlement.

Establishing the new “BP Fraud-Hotline” is another scare tactic the company is using to deter claimants from filing. This hotline is for “people that want to do the right thing by reporting fraud or corruption” in any step of the claims filing process. Even though many believe the monkey business that was going on behind the scenes of the settlement was an isolated incident, BP is trying to scare people away from filing claims with the threat of being found guilty of fraud.

The Truth behind the BP Settlement

The truth of the matter is that BP AGREED to this court supervised settlement. THEY set up the guidelines and parameters. THEY established the affected “Economic Loss Zones” and determined the percent of decline and incline in revenue needed to prove the claimant’s causation.

Their negligence and greed caused the biggest oil spill disaster in history, they should be held accountable, and they should certainly be held accountable to pay the qualifying claims under the settlement they AGREED to.

BP’s tactic is delay, deny, and defend.

They delay BP Claim payment with incompleteness notices, document investigation processes, and appeals.

They deny BP Claims when they are missing one piece of documentation that is not accounted for.

They defend themselves by continually asking the courts to stall payments so they can keep gaining interest on the remaining amount left in the settlement.

They’ve asked to exclude certain industries from the settlement numerous times.

The fact of the matter is BP agreed to the terms of the Court Supervised Settlement. It was written to pay BP Claims which meet certain guidelines, and to exclude certain entities as well. Thus far, their efforts to change the guidelines of the settlement have been unsuccessful. They cannot rewrite the settlement they agreed to. If they are somehow able to change the settlement in their favor, something needs to be done for those that lost everything but were outside of a zone, or those who took quick pays for much less than they deserved when they had no other choice.

BPClaims.org is here to help with your BP Settlement

We are on your side. We fight for the people of the gulf. We know what BP is doing, and that they are trying to paint themselves to be the victims of fraudulent claims. Their greed and negligence took 11 lives in 2010. Who were the victims then? Who are the true victims? So many have lost their livelihood and health because of this disaster. BP is just a big corporation trying to keep their money in their pockets

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Halliburton Pleads Guilty

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Pleads GuiltyHalliburton, BP’s cement contractor from the drilling rig that exploded in April 2010, has pled guilty to destroying evidence in connection to the Gulf Oil Spill.

This is the third company that has pled guilty to the conditions surrounding the oil spill. Halliburton is the world’s second-largest oil field services company, and will be required to pay a maximum $200,000 fine in relation to this misdemeanor. (Roughly four minutes worth of revenue for the company)

Halliburton voluntarily paid out $55 million dollars to the National Fish and Wildlife Fund to try and gain some clout with the public and clear their name. However, seeing that this is a non-profit organization, it will likely result in a tax write off for the company.

Following the rupture of the Macondo oil well, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history and left 11 dead. The ripple effects of the spill destroyed and devastated the environment and the economy of the Gulf Coast.

The allegations in the case were that during the creation of the Macondo well, Halliburton recommended to BP that it contain 21 centralizers. Centralizers are metal collars that can improve cementing, thus making the well more secure. However, BP chose to use just 6 centralizers. After the blowout, the government probed into the cementing of the well and this is when Halliburton ordered computer simulations showing little difference in using 6 centralizers and 21 centralizers to be destroyed. Government efforts to later locate these simulations were unsuccessful.

The Department of Justice still may pursue criminal charges against individuals involved in destroying evidence, but a spokeswoman for the company does not believe that will be the case.

It is surprising the government would accept a plea for such a minor charge, given the oil spill was one of the worst in history. This ruling is in stark contrast to the Enron market manipulation a decade ago, where destruction of evidence led to multiple felonies including obstruction of justice.

Yet again, more evidence of the US government taking it easy on big corporations. Maybe not so surprising as former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was responsible for obtaining multiple contracts for the company while holding federal government positions.  How can this ruling be impartial? It seems those who are a part of the law sure know how to get around it.

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