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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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The BP Settlement has hit High Gear

BP Settlement News

deepwater horizon settlementIt didn’t happen over night, and there is still work to do, but the BP Settlement is paying. As we stated a year ago, after some meetings with the top brass of the settlement in New Orleans, these people wanted to pay you, and they have started to. What Pat Juneau and David Duval inherited from the Feinberg administration was laden with layers of special interests so it  took time to get the needed infrastructure in place.

Changes were needed and some positive ones have been made. The addition of the accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville was one change for the better. There are many more that have been made, some we are aware of and some we may never know.

BP is so upset in fact, that they are trying to rewrite the settlement. They are now appealing to the 5th circuit, using their political weight, to get their way.

Even though BP denies going to leaders in the U.K. to lobby for them with the Obama administration, don’t believe a word they say. BP has finally realized how much they may have to pay, and the numbers are staggering.

BP, from the very beginning has used a delay, deny and defend strategy common with unscrupulous insurance companies. Many got frustrated with the GCCF system and just gave up, and this was BP’s desired result. Many now realize they do qualify under the present system, and are coming back in droves.

BP Lawyers

The commercials are everywhere, many firms are accelerating marketing efforts to get a piece of the BP Claims pie. Many of these firms will charge you 25% along with multiple other hidden fees. The Judge capped it, but some lawyers have attempted to go around the order, with extra fees. Most firms are just getting into the business, but they have very little experience processing BP Settlement Claims. We hear horror stories from people every day at 1-800-BP-CLAIM. If you are a Law Firm and would like our assistance please email Brittany@BPCLAIMS.org

CPA`s and BP Claims

Many people have decided to let their CPA`s handle their BP Claims.  What we are seeing here is that many of them don`t understand the terms of the settlement. The settlement is not just a plug in the numbers apparatus. There are excluded groups, causation tests, and many other factors that come into play. We are currently assisting several major CPA Firms and Law Firms, and are processing their clients BP Claims. We have found partnering with CPA firms has been very beneficial for the client. If you are a CPA Firm, and would like some information please email Sarah@BPClaims.org.

Our BP Claims Network

We have assisted people and businesses since the very beginning of this event. Our first website helped people receive aid from Catholic Charities. We have battled Feinberg and BP, and told people not to take Quickpays. We have helped people that are suffering from serious illness due to the spill, and will continue to.

Combined we have over 2 Billion Dollars worth of Claims in the BP Settlement, and we have over 300 Million dollars worth of paid claims.

If you need assistance, we are happy to assist you, or your business.

The groups within our network have a vast amount of experience and some very deep connections, and we are here to help you.

Our Fees start at 15%, there are no other hidden fees, and we don`t get paid until you do.

We will Help You with your BP Settlement.

 

 

 

Judge Barbier Stands Up for You

Judge Barbier and BP Appeals

bp settlement    Too often lately, people have questioned, are we at BPClaims.org associated with the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund because of our stance that the folks who run the fund, and the Judge are actually not in BP`s pockets, and are actually doing battle for you the people.

We aren`t, if you look at past posts we have blasted Feinberg, pointed out the errors of the new fund, specifically a processor we don`t hear much from these days, and aggressively pursue what we think is the TRUTH.

This is the TRUTH. The new leadership of the fund and the Judge are doing the next right thing on a regular basis. Is the system perfect, hell no, but people within the Fund and the Judge are doing their best to get you paid, as BP has tried their best to put up road blocks.

Their Latest road block has been putting BP Claims into Appeals.

Tonight The Judge put forth an Order to STOP that. Here is the important part.

 

IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1. Upon the filing of an appeal pursuant to Section 6.1.2.4 of the Settlement Agreement, BP shall clearly and specifically designate in the Reason for Appeal section of its BP Portal that the appeal is based only on one or more of the legal issues previously decided by the Court and as referenced in this Court’s Order of April 9, 2013.

2. The required designations to be provided by BP shall use the following specific language regarding the three legal issues referenced in this Court’s prior rulings:
(a) “Contributions/Grant Revenue for Non-Profits issue;”
(b) “Alternative Causation issue;” or

(c) “Matching of Revenue and Expenses issue.”

3. For any appeals so designated, such appeals are hereby denied based on this Court’s prior rulings. The Claims Administrator is instructed to refrain from issuing the Notice of Appeal, which would otherwise trigger the further appeals process, and the Claims Administrator is to refrain from assigning such appeals to an Appeal Panel. The Claims Administrator is instructed to proceed with final processing of such claims and issuing payment in accord with the terms of the applicable Eligibility Notice.

 

Case 2:10-md-02179-CJB-SS Document 9538 Filed 04/24/13 Page 3 of 3

4. Processing of claims pursuant to this Order shall not constitute a waiver of any rights that BP may or may not have with respect to further review of the underlying legal issues.
Signed in New Orleans, Louisiana, this 24th day of April, 2013.

______________________________ CARL J. BARBIER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

So What Does This Mean

It means the Judge is not going to let BP Appeal Claims, so they can stall paying you, when your claims meet the above requirements. This has been going on for awhile now, and it is BP`s latest stall tactic, and the Judge just took it away, by a court order.

It means faster pay outs, it shows what I have been trying to tell ya`ll for months, and it puts BP on notice, The DeepWater Horizon Settlement, and the people running the show are not to be trifled with, and they ALL have had enough.The fact is they want to pay you, and will, if your claim is prepared properly. The sad fact is, most are not.

BP needs to STOP with the gamesmanship, and start paying claims. Stall tactics through the Appeals system run by David Duval, that will only tax the resources of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement will not be tolerated.

How to Get Paid

Fill out the form to the right, and we will help you. We have the Best Groups in the Business GETTTING CLAIMS PAID and they work with us, and they can work with you. Whether your a business, an individual, a Law Firm or a CPA Firm, the Firms that are a part of our NETWORK are hands down, the best in the business, and they will help you, or your clients.

We can Help You with:

  • Business Claims
  • Individual Claims
  • Appealed Claims
  • Medical Claims
  • Property Claims
  • Denied Claims
  • Old Claims from the GCCF
  • Claims that need to be Appealed

It has been our intent from the beginning to do one thing, and that is to get you paid.

We have been here since the beginning, we know the pretenders and the performers. If you need HELP it is truly only a click away.

God Bless and Be Well.

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BP Settlement and a few new wrinkles: maybe

BP SettlementJust when you think the BP Settlement is what it is, and yes there are a few things wrong with it, a contingent of Plaintiff Attorneys (who have some valid points) and BP want to change things.

It is apparent that Pat Juneau and Judge Barbier are sticking to the letter of the Settlement, but outside forces would like to change all of that, and just might, and that could affect a lot of people – if BP Gets their Way.

At this point BP is actually suing Pat Juneau the Claims Administrator of the BP Settlement – Shame on them, tactics such as these could be construed by some as extortion.

If BP can manipulate the courts and the Settlement, and they are trying, numerous groups could be excluded from the Settlement. If your claim falls into an excluded group, but it is already in the settlement, you are considered Grandfathered in.

Claim Groups BP is trying to Exclude

Please go to the bottom of the post for the complete list, and it is a long list.

Most notable are Contractors, Farmers, Aquaculture, Media Companies, and Doctors. Lawyers are also on the list.

Why is BP trying to change the BP Settlement –  basically because they have started to see the numbers roll in from these groups, and they are staggering. Some have told me that BP is not happy with their Attorneys who created the initial Settlement.

The Reality is, it`s all about money, when it should be, recognizing the trickle down effect this horrific event had on our economy and our ecology.

The Gulf Coast Region was in a recovery from the Housing Disaster when this happened, and the Oil Spill knocked that recovery back 3 years.
Many industries were affected, as the recovery was knocked for a loop by BP. To this day I can not think of one Industry that did not feel the affect.

BP Approves over 8 Billion Dollar Payout –  Was it to the Victims of the Oil Spill?  No, it was to it`s Shareholders.  It is suppose to be paid out in the next 12-18 months, that`s a whole lot faster then it got the money to the Victims of the Oil Spill. This is typical of how BP thinks, putting their own in front of what should be a priority of the majority.

IF a deal is cut between BP and the PSC and approved by the Judge, or if it is approved by the Courts, any of the below Industries could be out of the Settlement, if they have not yet filed with the Deep Water Horizon Settlement. If you have filed with the Settlement, you are grandfathered in so to speak.

My thoughts, and I am not a lawyer, is I would make sure that my BP Settlement Claims got filed ASAP.

The Hearing on  “BP’S EMERGENCY MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST THE CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR AND SETTLEMENT PROGRAM TO ENJOIN PAYMENTS AND AWARDS FOR BUSINESS ECONOMIC LOSS CLAIMS BASED ON FICTITIOUS “LOSSES””  is scheduled for April 5th.

We feel time is of the Essence to get Claims in that could be Excluded, into the BP Settlement, so they are grandfathered in.

BPClaims.org Brings Out The Big Guns

If you fill out the form to the Right, we will make sure large business claims go to  Groups that have numerous CPA`s, and are the leading Firms handling BP Claims in the country. They are not  law firms, though they do work with them, and other CPA firms. They typically charge 15% for assisting you with your claim.

We will be handling the smaller business claims in house.

These Firms have compiled the best talent in the industry.

In my estimation, they believe in Performance not Promises, I am proud to say they are some of the most integritous groups  I have met in my experience trying to assist people throughout this event.

We think this will be the most efficient way to bring in as many claims as possible before certain claims are possibly excluded. A hearing date is scheduled for April 5th.

As I understand the Groups BP are trying to Exclude can be found below.

Recently I also heard Realtors were on the list, please don`t take this list as the Gospel, but I believe it is accurate.

Soybean Farming

Oilseed (except Soybean) Farming

Dry Pea and Bean Farming

Wheat Farming

Corn Farming

Rice Farming

Oilseed and Grain Combination Farming

All Other Grain Farming

Vegetable and Melon Farming

Potato Farming

Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming

Fruit and Tree Nut Farming

Orange Groves

Citrus (except Orange) Groves

Apple Orchards

Grape Vineyards

Strawberry Farming

Berry (except Strawberry) Farming

Tree Nut Farming

Fruit and Tree Nut Combination Farming

Other Noncitrus Fruit Farming

Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production

Mushroom Production

Other Food Crops Grown Under Cover

Nursery and Tree Production

Floriculture Production

Other Crop Farming

Tobacco Farming

Cotton Farming

Sugarcane Farming

Hay Farming

Sugar Beet Farming

Peanut Farming

All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming

Animal Production

Cattle Ranching and Farming

Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming

Cattle Feedlots

Dairy Cattle and Milk Production

Dual-Purpose Cattle Ranching and Farming

Hog and Pig Farming

Hog and Pig Farming

Poultry and Egg Production

Chicken Egg Production

Broilers and Other Meat Type Chicken Production

Turkey Production

Poultry Hatcheries

Other Poultry Production

Sheep and Goat Farming

Sheep Farming

Goat Farming

Aquaculture

Finfish Farming and Fish Hatcheries

Shellfish Farming

Other Aquaculture

Other Animal Production

Apiculture

Horses and Other Equine Production

Fur-Bearing Animal and Rabbit Production

All Other Animal Production

Forestry and Logging

Timber Tract Operations

Timber Tract Operations

Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products

Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products

Logging

Logging

Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry

Support Activities for Crop Production

Cotton Ginning

Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating

Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine

Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning)

Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders

Farm Management Services

Support Activities for Animal Production

Support Activities for Animal Production

Support Activities for Forestry

Support Activities for Forestry

Construction

Construction of Buildings

Residential Building Construction

New Single-Family Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)

New Multifamily Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)

New Housing Operative Builders

Residential Remodelers

Nonresidential Building Construction

Industrial Building Construction

Commercial and Institutional Building Construction

Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Utility System Construction

Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction

Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction

Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Land Subdivision

Land Subdivision

Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Specialty Trade Contractors

Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors

Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors

Framing Contractors

Masonry Contractors

Glass and Glazing Contractors

Roofing Contractors

Siding Contractors

Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors

Building Equipment Contractors

Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors

Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Other Building Equipment Contractors

Building Finishing Contractors

Drywall and Insulation Contractors

Painting and Wall Covering Contractors

Flooring Contractors

Tile and Terrazzo Contractors

Finish Carpentry Contractors

Other Building Finishing Contractors

Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Site Preparation Contractors

All Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Legal Services

Offices of Lawyers

Offices of Notaries

Title Abstract and Settlement Offices

All Other Legal Services

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Serv’s

Offices of Certified Public Accountants

Tax Preparation Services

Payroll Services

Other Accounting Services

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

Architectural Services

Landscape Architectural Services

Engineering Services

Drafting Services

Building Inspection Services

Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services

Professional Services

Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

Professional Services

Testing Laboratories

Professional Services

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

Professional Services

Human Resources Consulting Services

Professional Services

Marketing Consulting Services

Professional Services

Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services

Professional Services

Other Management Consulting Services

Environmental Consulting Services

Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

Scientific Research and Development Services

Research and Development in Biotechnology

Professional Services

Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Professional Services

Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Professional Services

Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

Advertising Agencies

Professional Services

Public Relations Agencies

Professional Services

Media Buying Agencies

Professional Services

MediaRepresentatives

Professional Services

Display Advertising

Professional Services

Direct Mail Advertising

Advertising Material Distribution Services

Other Services Related to Advertising

Health Care and Social Assistance

Ambulatory Health Care Services

Offices of Physicians

Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)

Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists

Offices of Dentists

Offices of Dentists

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

Offices of Chiropractors

Offices of Optometrists

Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)

Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists

Offices of Podiatrists

Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners

Outpatient Care Centers

Family Planning Centers

Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers

HMO Medical Centers

Kidney Dialysis Centers

Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers

All Other Outpatient Care Centers

BP Settlement exceeds BP`s Estimate

The 7.8 Billion won`t cover the BP Settlement

bp settlement  7.8 Billion Dollars will not be enough to cover the BP Settlement.  We had told you this before, when they first announced this number, the 7.8 Billion was pie in the sky. The real number will exceed 20 Billion Dollars, that is our projection.  Remember the BP Settlement is uncapped except for those with seafood compensation claims, and that still doesn`t make any sense. You would think that the fishermen on the front lines of this whole disaster would be the ones uncapped.

Fox news reported today that BP will not even release new projections, and that is probably a good idea. Over the last several weeks BP has tried to restrict certain types of claims and tighten up qualifications for existing claims, but the Leadership has fought back, and won the first round. BP does not want to live up to the deal they originally cut, what a shocker. Evidently they may appeal to the 5th circuit.

One Check List for BP Settlement Incomplete’s

So what is BP doing to thwart the BP Claims process, they are called incomplete notices, appeals, and whatever else they can think of. Instead of giving us one checklist to tell us where a claim is deficient, we are receiving an incomplete notice each time a claim needs to be amended. So understand this, and this is very important, each time a claim is given an incomplete notice, it has to go back in the que, when it goes through processing for the second time, it may very well be given an incomplete notice again, traditionally we are seeing that take 2-6 weeks, then the claim gets hit with another incomplete notice and then again another 2-6 weeks. This area of the BP Claims process is clearly broken.

We need ONE CHECKLIST, to cure all the deficiencies, we have been calling for this for months.

At the same time we are seeing BP Settlement Claims get paid, but they are the smaller ones. They seem to be working their way up the ladder, saving the big ones for last. Many of the people in this business I speak to on a daily basis, think this is exactly what they are doing, and so do I. BP Claims should be paid on a first in, and a first out basis, size shouldn`t matter, all though we all know size does.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement to liberal: Really

BP has taken the stance that the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Leadership was too liberal, with some of the initial payouts, and tried to tighten things down over the last several months. The Judge and Patrick Juneau have stemmed this recent BP assault, we will see if  payouts come on a more consistent basis, specifically the larger claims. Time will tell.

The fact remains we are seeing some firms and processors get paid on a more consistent basis then other firms and processors. Many groups have stopped taking on BP Settlement Claims out of frustration with the process. Not us, we are in this for the long haul, we have have been here from the beginning, and we will be here to the end, whenever that is.

Oil Spill Claims Assistance

Our staff is passionate about getting your BP Settlement Claims paid, they are committed to seeing you get what you deserve from the BP Settlement. We have a number of Groups within the network that share that passion, each with a different area of expertise, so whether your a large business claim with multiple locations, or your a mom and pop from the bayou, we will help you with your BP Settlement. There are groups still taking on OPA claims, willing to make the argument, that OPA dates truly started when you found you were injured by the Oil Spill, no guarantees here, but the argument seems to have merit.

In the end, BP signed the Settlement, they should be bound by the Settlement, and pay for the damage they incurred. Nothing else will do, and we will continue to hold their feet to the fire until that happens.

 

Deepwater Horizon Settlement Stays Released

The BP Settlement lifts Stays

deepwater horizon settlement  Most people don`t know that certain groups of claims were on hold, Contractors, Farmers, Marketing Firms, Aquaculture Farming, Attorneys, CPA`s, Doctors, and quite a few more industries were just stalled. It was by design, BP and the Fund, were stalling these claims, as they sorted things out, and today Judge Barbier put a stop to it. The Deepwater Horizon Settlement led by Patrick Juneau with the help of Judge Barbier went to bat for the people. The people won.

This process has not been easy for many, about 2 days ago we were given a list of these stayed claims, it was something we thought was happening, but we had not seen it in black and white, this was an official list, it should have been made  available to the general public. We are publishing it here..The Stay List is at the end of this post.

This is what we are seeing from the Fund, they are paying claims. We have long advocated for the settlement, and they needed time to get all of the wheels on the bus, the wheels are on the bus. We are seeing a rhythm to the  claims process, claims are getting paid on a regular basis.

I wish I could say this is happening for everyone, but I can`t. I do believe that certain firms with credibility with the Fund are getting preferential treatment because they know that the Claims being presented are credible and have their documentation all together.

As a fact some firms are getting claims paid regularly, some are not, I think is based on the performance of those firms, and how they prepare BP Settlement Claims. The fact is some know what they are doing, and some just don`t have a clue, and that is recognized by the Fund. Now this is conjecture I am not a lawyer, but I know most of the players in this, and it`s just the way it is as I see it.

OPA Claims may still have Time to File

There is a possible exception on the OPA deadlines, which could give certain businesses some extra time to submit a claim – OPA states “3 years from the time people we aware of damages” with the oil spill occurring in 2010, time is of the essence.  Basically if you did not realize you were impacted by the Oil Spill till a year after the Oil Spill, the argument is you still have time to file under OPA, and some Attorneys are ready to make that argument.
To do this, they need to know when, why and how they realized you were financially impacted  (mainly focused on justification of “when”)
They need monthly P&L statements for the years of 2009, 2010, and 2011.
If you want to contact them please fill out the form to the right.
We will forward your information to them.
There is no guarantee here, but the argument make sense.

BPClaims.org and the BP Settlement

We at BPClaims.org have our own processing arm called BP Claims Advisors, we handle Businesses, Individuals, and  all BP Settlement Claims covered by the BP Settlement that have legitimate BP Settlement Claims. We have been at this for a long time, we have an established network, all meant to get you paid. Most are handled in house, some are moved over because they just fit better with a different Firm`s expertise, the idea has, and will always be, to best serve the people that were affected by the BP Oil Spill.

The BP Settlement Claims that were in the Stay

NAICS CODES SUBJECT TO COURT-ORDERED STAY (As of 2/10/13)

 

Sector 11 – Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

Subsector 111 – Crop Production

Category 1111 – Oilseed and Grain Farming

 

Soybean Farming

Oilseed (except Soybean) Farming

Dry Pea and Bean Farming

Wheat Farming

Corn Farming

Rice Farming

Oilseed and Grain Combination Farming

All Other Grain Farming

Category 1112 – Vegetable and Melon Farming

Potato Farming

Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming

Category 1113 – Fruit and Tree Nut Farming

Orange Groves

Citrus (except Orange) Groves

Apple Orchards

Grape Vineyards

Strawberry Farming

Berry (except Strawberry) Farming

Tree Nut Farming

Fruit and Tree Nut Combination Farming

Other Noncitrus Fruit Farming

 

Category 1114 – Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production

Mushroom Production

Other Food Crops Grown Under Cover

Nursery and Tree Production

Floriculture Production

Category 1119 – Other Crop Farming

Tobacco Farming

Cotton Farming

Sugarcane Farming

Hay Farming

Sugar Beet Farming

Peanut Farming

All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming

Subsector 112 – Animal Production

Category 1121 – Cattle Ranching and Farming

Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming

Cattle Feedlots

Dairy Cattle and Milk Production

Dual-Purpose Cattle Ranching and Farming

Category 1122 – Hog and Pig Farming

35. 112210 Hog and Pig Farming

Category 1123 – Poultry and Egg Production

Chicken Egg Production

Broilers and Other Meat Type Chicken Production

Turkey Production

Poultry Hatcheries

Other Poultry Production

Category 1124 – Sheep and Goat Farming

112410 Sheep Farming

112420 Goat Farming

Category 1125 – Aquaculture

 

Finfish Farming and Fish Hatcheries

Shellfish Farming

Other Aquaculture

Category 1129 – Other Animal Production

Apiculture

Horses and Other Equine Production

Fur-Bearing Animal and Rabbit Production

All Other Animal Production

Subsector 113 – Forestry and Logging

Category 1131 – Timber Tract Operations

113110 Timber Tract Operations

Category 1132 – Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products

113210 Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products

Category 1133 – Logging

113310 Logging

Subsector 115 – Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry

Category 1151 – Support Activities for Crop Production

Cotton Ginning

Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating

Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine

Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning)

Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders

Farm Management Services

Category 1152 – Support Activities for Animal Production

115210 Support Activities for Animal Production

Category 1153 – Support Activities for Forestry

115310 Support Activities for Forestry

Sector 23 – Construction

Subsector 236 – Construction of Buildings

Category 2361 – Residential Building Construction

New Single-Family Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)

New Multifamily Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)

New Housing Operative Builders

Residential Remodelers

Category 2362 – Nonresidential Building Construction

236210 Industrial Building Construction

236220 Commercial and Institutional Building Construction

Subsector 237 – Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Category 2371 – Utility System Construction

237110 Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction

237120 Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction

237130 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Category 2372 – Land Subdivision

237210 Land Subdivision

Category 2373 – Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

237310 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Category 2379 – Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

237990 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Subsector 238 – Specialty Trade Contractors

Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors

Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors

Framing Contractors

Masonry Contractors

Glass and Glazing Contractors

Roofing Contractors

Siding Contractors

Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors

Category 2382 – Building Equipment Contractors

Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors

Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Other Building Equipment Contractors

Category 2383 – Building Finishing Contractors

238310 Drywall and Insulation Contractors

238320 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors

Flooring Contractors

Tile and Terrazzo Contractors

Finish Carpentry Contractors

Other Building Finishing Contractors

Category 2389 – Other Specialty Trade Contractors

90. 238910 Site Preparation Contractors

91. 238990 All Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Sector 54 – Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Subsector 541 – Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Category 5411 – Legal Services

Offices of Lawyers

Offices of Notaries

Title Abstract and Settlement Offices

All Other Legal Services

Category 5412 – Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Serv’s

 

Offices of Certified Public Accountants

Tax Preparation Services

Payroll Services

Other Accounting Services

 

Category 5413 – Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

Architectural Services

Landscape Architectural Services

Engineering Services

DraftingServices

 Building Inspection Services

 Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services

Professional Services

 Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

Professional Services

Testing Laboratories

Professional Services

Category 5416 – Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

Professional Services

Human Resources Consulting Services

Professional Services

Marketing Consulting Services

Professional Services

 

Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services

Professional Services

 Other Management Consulting Services

 Environmental Consulting Services

 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

Category 5417 -Scientific Research and Development Services

 

Research and Development in Biotechnology

Professional Services

Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Professional Services

Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Professional Services

Category 5418 -Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

Advertising Agencies

Professional Services

 Public Relations Agencies

Professional Services

 Media Buying Agencies

Professional Services

 MediaRepresentatives

Professional Services

 Display Advertising

Professional Services

Direct Mail Advertising

Advertising Material Distribution Services

Other Services Related to Advertising

Sector 62 – Health Care and Social Assistance

Subsector 621 – Ambulatory Health Care Services

Category 6211 – Offices of Physicians

Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)

Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists

Category 6212 – Offices of Dentists

128. 621210 Offices of Dentists

Category 6213 – Offices of Other Health Practitioners

Offices of Chiropractors

Offices of Optometrists

Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)

Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists

Offices of Podiatrists

Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners

Category 6214 – Outpatient Care Centers

Family Planning Centers

Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers

HMO Medical Centers

Kidney Dialysis Centers

Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers

All Other Outpatient Care Centers

 

- Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

621511 Medical Laboratories

BP Settlement now has Stuctured Settlements

bp settlement Judge Barbier recently released an order that allowed for Structured Settlements within the BP Settlement.

Before being eligible for the Structured Settlement, your claim will have to be deemed eligible by the folks that run the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.

It seems that many people will benefit from this because they will be able to defer their taxes, for people and businesses that have very large claims, this could be very beneficial.

BP Settlement Claims begin to Stream in

The BP Settlement has begun to run on all cylinders recently. We have seen BP Settlement Claims begin to receive offers on a very consistent basis. Now I can only report what we, and  groups within our network  have experienced. What we have seen lately is all types of BP Settlement Claims are getting paid.

This is what we have seen begin to trend:

  • Individual Claims have begun to see payments more consistently
  • Business Claims have been steady
  • VOO Claims receiving offers in 5 Business days
  • The BP Settlement Appeals System is going to see many more BP Claims come into the process
  • BP Appealing Claims that were made offers has become more common

We can assist you with

  • Business Claims
  • Individual Claims
  • Medical Claims
  • Property Claims
  • VOO Claims

We are not attorneys, but do work with them when needed, we are experienced BP Claims Processors and CPA`s, we process claims between 15%-25% of what you recieve, we don`t get paid until you get paid.

 

GCCF Claimants circle back to the BP Settlement

What we have also seen, is that many claimants have begun to circle back into the BP Settlement process that had given up after the GCCF debacle. Many times we can get their paperwork from the Settlement. The GCCF was a mess, it left people disheartened and disillusioned, the BP Settlement may have some issues, but it is far less arbitrary then it`s predecessor. If you have not updated your claim for the BP Settlement, you need to, and we can help.

Current Issues with the BP Settlement

  • Some claimants still have not seen any progress of their claims through the claims review steps, this is unfortunate, but we have seen the process just recently begin to speed up, and I mean very recently.
  • The customer mix test is still an obstacle for many businesses that are in Zone D, that don`t qualify under the standard V-Test model.
  • Naics codes are being rumored to change or BP has asked to set aside those claims in the building field, not sure how this is going to unfold, but we are keeping a close eye on this development, again let me reiterate these are rumors at this point.

BPClaims.org automates the BP Settlement Process

We have recently undergone sweeping internal changes on how we handle claims for the BP Settlement, we have instituted a document upload center so claimants can upload the necessary documentation at their own pace. All files are now digital, and when you call for assistance, anyone in our office can check your status, and tell you right where you are at in the process. We look forward to continuing to innovate our process in order to better serve you.

We have also heard from several Accounting offices and law firms recently that they are not taking on any new BP Settlement Claimants, the Accountants have tax season in full swing, and are beginning to realize how time consuming this process can be. This process is not for the faint of heart.

If you need assiatance call 1-800-BP-Claim or go to our intake center click here.

We will help you with your BP Settlement.

BP Settlement Important Deadlines LOOM

BP Settlement Seafood Compensation Deadline

bp settlement  The Date for the capped 2.3 Billion Dollar Seafood Settlement is January 22, 2013.

If you made a living from the Gulfs Natural Resources, and you have not opted out this could be your last chance to receive money from the BP Settlement.

Here are some groups that may want to Apply before it is to late.

  • Oystermen and Oyster Leaseholders: People that are involved in the Oyster Industry in general.
  • Shrimpers
  • Clammers
  • Crabbers
  • Vessel Owners involved into the Seafood Industry: Owners of Vessels related to the Seafood Industry.
  • Commercial Fishermen:
  • Boat captains including businesses, that make a living harvesting finfish, crab, shrimp from the Gulf.
  • Crew Claims: First Mate, Second Mate, Deck Hands

OPA Claims Presentment Deadline is January 20, 2013,

*please note if you are not located in a zone approved by the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, but your client base is in a zone, your claims are EXCLUDED.

If you have already Opted Out of the Settlement, you must fill out the form for OPA Presentment by the January 20, 2013.

You must file for OPA Presentment if you fall into these Categories

Who was Excluded from The DeepWater Horizon Settlement

These types of businesses and their employees are for the most part not included in the Settlement, if you have not filed though OPA the time is NOW.

  • Most Casino Type Institutions;
  • Most Fund, Trust, and Banking Entities;
  • Most Defense Contractors;
  • Most Oil & Gas Industry Entities;
  • Most Insurance Companies;
  • Bodily Injury Claims;
  • BP Shareholder Suits;
  • Moratorium Loss Claims;
  • Claims relating to Menhaden (or “pogy”) fishing, selling, processing, and harvesting;

Claims for Damages by Companies or Individuals for employment in the Financial, Insurance, Banking, Gaming, Oil & Gas, Defense Contractor industries, and Real Estate Development, as well as Entities selling or BP-branded fuel.

You can download OPA Presentment Form at BPClaims.org/demands.pdf

The BP Settlement Fund has Issues, Real Issues

BP Settlement  What in the beginning seemed to be a mechanism that would actually get all the people paid, that deserved to be paid, has abruptly turned out to have some very serious deficiencies. Are these deficiencies by design, or are they just inherent flaws. It would seem to most of the experts that I have talked to over the last week they are by design, and are hidden in the complex, over 1000 page document known as the BP Settlement Agreement.

What Happened to a Fair BP Settlement Agreement

For many of you that jump through all of the hoops, get in all your paper work, all the monthly p n l`s, dot your i`s and cross your t`s, odds are you will find one last obstacle, The Customer Mix Test. Instead of raising false hopes, and going through the process, the first thing they should have asked Businesses for was The Test.

If you don`t have records of where your clients came from and how much they spent, and can`t show a drop that the Settlement Fund requires, your dead in the water. This is the last test they will throw at you, just when you think you are about to get paid, if your a business, and specifically in Zone D, this could be the nail in your coffin, for most of you. We are attempting to work around this issue.

NAICS Code Issues

If your company is based in a tourist Area, and can show a steady stream of clients, with significant drops in and out of season, and in 2010 versus 2009, but does not have the proper NAICS code, and can not show records and logs, you will not see the standard tourism RTP or Multiplier, but you will be left scratching your head, when you receive an offer substantially less then what you thought you were owed. We have been told that The Settlement is working on these issues.

We are hearing from Attorneys and Processors everyday that they are seriously bewildered to what they saw as the Goodwill of the Settlement Fund in the beginning get perverted. New rules seem to be applied everyday, the real issue here is those rules were in the document from the beginning, they were just not enforced when the first wave of payments came out. Now we are seeing rules and tests be applied that were never used in the initial first wave of payments at a more frequent rate.

BP is saving money and it is costing the People Billions.

Word on the Street

Now I am not saying this is true or not, I am not a lawyer, but this is the way it was layed out for me, and I have to say it makes a lot of sense.

If you recall The DeepWater Horizon Settlement had dragged its feet making payments on a large scale for some time. It was not until after the Opt Out Date did we finally see some payments to the Claimants. Actually many of the offers had been made to the Claimants before the Opt Out Date and finally delivered to them after the Opt Out Date. Many Industry Experts felt pretty good about the Settlement at that point.

Therefore many Attorneys advised their clients to stay in the BP Settlement, what we never had was a good sample set of Claimants of all different types and Zones going through the BP Settlement. Yet many believed the first wave was a good sign of things to come. The second wave would prove far different.

The Right way would have been to let people evaluate what they received as a Settlement, and then let them decide whether or not they chose to accept the Settlement figure, or then decide to litigate.

What people would eventually find out is that, there were a number of traps lying in wait. The Attorneys and the general public would not find out about many of these until much later, why because the Settlement had been stalled, so by the time the Opt Out Date had come and gone, then and only then would the trap be sprung. It always seemed odd to me that the Opt In date would be further extended, but the Opt Out Date would not.

That trap is called the Customer Mix Test. It is almost impossible to pass the Customer Mix Test for most Businesses.

Many Attorneys supposedly in the KNOW, firmly believe that the Plaintiff Steering Committee is too close to BP. They further believe the Administrators of the Fund have their hands tied, because all they can do is administer the fund under the Judges supervision, and the Judge is basically bound by The Settlement. The administrators need to have more autonomy For him to make changes, he would have to get BP and the PSC together to do so, and to agree to the changes.

Now I don`t know if these Attorneys are wrong or right, all I know, is that there are real issues here, and I would be remiss if I did not point them out. I also believe that the Judge, the Administrators, PSC members and yes even BP are all trying to reach common ground, my big point here is don`t B.S. us while trying to reach it, give us the facts, be upfront, and if needed be flexible.

The Judge has still not Signed off on the BP Settlement

The only silver lining right now is that Judge Barbier has still not signed off on the BP Settlement, it is expected that he will very shortly, with no substantive changes. There is still hope for many of the claimants that have fallen into this trap, but it is fading fast.

What many fail to realize is that the PSC was in negotiations with BP for a long time, during that process there is a lot of give and take, and in the end they crafted what we know today as the BP Settlement. It must be looked at as a mechanism that does the most good for most of the people and businesses, that were the most affected. However the tactics, and the way they were deployed, are questionable at best.

The issues are that there were serious mechanisms/tests that were not put in play. The general public and the Attorneys were led astray, because they never saw a TRUE SAMPLE SET of claims,  and that did not happen UNTIL AFTER THE OPT OUT DATE, and that is just not FAIR to the 1000`s perhaps 10,000`s more that would have most likely been advised or chosen to opt out.

Many wonder why these issues, and others, especially the plight of the sick people injured by Corexit have not been brought into the Public Eye more, it is thought by many it is because BP has spent so much in advertising in our local medias, buying tv, radio, and print, all in the hope of staving off the truth. The truth will come out sooner or later, it always does.

Now let me say this, we have found the fund for the most part, great to work with, we have gotten many claims paid, but there are issues, and they need to be addressed, sooner then latter.

What are we doing about it

We at BPClaims.org will continue to make people aware of the pitfalls of the Settlement, and the over all Landscape of the whole process including OPA, and upcoming BP Litigation.

We will continue to create strategic alliances to fix the issues that we see coming down the road, hopefully before they are issues.

We will continue to fight vigorously for the people, and the businesses hurt by the BP Oil Spill, on all fronts.

We will Expand our Network of BP Claims Professionals, which is the already the largest in the Country.

We will and Do get People Paid what they rightfully Deserve.

We will innovate and create workarounds for things such as The Customer Mix Test, and share them with other Professionals that are fighting the Good Fight for the People.

We will continue to handle most Claims at 15%.

Why, simply because for Us this was always about Helping People, and not about Chasing Dollars.

God Bless and Be Well.

 

 

Florida Keys and the BP Settlement

 BP Settlement Claims

BP Settlement Claims that can prove a loss in 2010 versus 2009, can qualify for up to 3.5 times their 2010 losses.

bp settlementIf your business suffered losses specifically from the months of May-December of 2010, versus the previous years in 2009, and possibly 2008 and 2007, the numbers can be astounding.

We at BPClaims.org specialize in assisting people and businesses with their BP Claims.

The BP Economic Settlement is uncapped, it is not the 7.8 Billion Dollars that many of you have been told about.

If your Business has declined in 2010 veruss prior years we can help you.

The DeepWater Horizon Settlement has various models and methods that can help us guarantee you your best possible financial outcome.

Many people and Businesses that did not update their GCCF Claims are not in the BP Settlement, unless they have been updated to meet the new requirements.

We have the Largest Network of BP Claims Professionals, we have people located from Key West to Houston.

Most of the Business Claims that we prepare for the BP Settlement are on a contingency basis that runs 15%.

There are no hidden fees, if at anytime you decide to walk away you can, few have, you can disengage at anytime.

If you read our blog at BPClaims.org you will find out that we take on various issues surrounding the BP Oil Spill, we are not just some company trying to help you with your claim, our connections to the People of the Gulf run Deep. We Fight for peoples rights on a daily basis, and get people paid.

If you would like to know more about the BP Claims process, or like further assistance please go to BPClaims.org.

If you would like to go directly to our sign up page, go to http://bpclaims.info/bpclaims.php there is no obligation, a representative will contact you within 24 hours.

Our hours of Operation are from 8am -6pm est. or you can call 1-800-BP-CLAIM

We can help you gain the knowledge you desire, and the money you deserve.

We are not Attorneys, but have them if we need them, we will help you with your BP Settlement.

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