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BP CLAIMS PAYMENT AS GULF COAST CLAIMANTS WAIT FOR RELIEF, BP EXECUTIVES GET A PAY RAISE.

BP Claims PaymentAs Gulf Coast claimants wait to recover BP Claims Payment from the oil spill of 2010, the largest environmental disaster in history, the oil giant adds insult to injury by dramatically increasing the salaries of executives instead of paying the victims of the spill.  While many Gulf Coast claimants are still reeling from the effects of the spill, BP continues to be one of the most profitable companies in the world.  BP was so profitable in fact that BP CEO Robert Dudley received a pay raise worth triple from his total pay in 2012.  Counting salary, bonus, and stock options, Dudley’s compensation was $8.7 million. With his pension included, Dudley cleared $13.2 million. This is a little unsettling, to say the least, for local Gulf Coast companies who are STILL waiting for their BP Claims Payment and still trying to recover from the loss of business, homes, and jobs. BP appealed the settlement for the BP Claims Payment in late 2013, stating that losses were being claimed by companies whose losses did not originate from the spill.  Many suspect this is yet another stall tactic to avoid paying claimants, even though BP claims that they are “committed to paying all legitimate claims of real people who suffered real financial losses from the spill.” In December 2013, a judge said BP can’t change the interpretation of its settlement just because it is paying more for losses than it expected. That judge’s ruling was upheld in early March 2014. “The settlement agreement does not require a claimant to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill,” Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick wrote. Because of this, BP will have to stick to its original agreement

 

Even more unsettling is the amount of money BP is spending on PR, and the way they are trying to “shame and blame” the claimants.   “BP remains committed one of the ads reads. “But we will take whatever legal steps necessary to ensure that fraud is not rewarded and claims money goes to claimants who actually deserve it.”  So far, the above statement can be translated as “pay no one in order to avoid claimants committing fraud or getting money they don’t deserve.”  Sadly, many Gulf Coast residents and business owners would agree with that statement.

 

As they consider whether or not to appeal again BP Claims Payment, the effects of the 2010 disaster still linger in the Gulf. As of March 3, tar balls are still being collected from Florida beaches nearly four years after the spill. And recent research has found that chemicals in crude oil can be harmful to hearts of developing fish, meaning that any organism that swam near the Deepwater Horizon rig was exposed to cardiac risks.  We at BPClaims.org are committed to helping claimants navigate the economic and medical claims process, and most importantly making sure that claimants get the money they are entitled to.  After the latest ruling on BP Claims Payment, we are hopeful that some claims will get paid, and we thank the 5th Circuit Court and Judges like Leslie Southwick for forcing BP to “make it right” for the Gulf Coast claimants.

 

BP Payments Ordered to Resume?

The claimants of the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement celebrated a small victory earlier this month when it was decided in a 2:1 vote by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that BP will have to resume payments to victims of the oil spill.  Unfortunately, even though Judge Leslie Southwick ordered that BP will have to pay up under the terms of its agreement, many business owners are still waiting to get paid.

 

Back in December 2013, the 5th Circuit made a ruling that required Judge Barbier to halt payments temporarily in cases where causation was not proven until that particular rule was changed under a stay.  That stay, the judges noted, should be “tailored so that those who experienced actual injury traceable to loss from the Deepwater Horizon accident continue to receive recovery, but those who did not do not receive their BP Claims Payment until this case is fully heard and decided through the judicial process, including by any other panel of this court that resolves these issues.”  I think it is safe to say that the “stay” didn’t go as planned.  I say that because none of the businesses have been able to recover anything since the halt in payments.  It seems that BP’s solution to the problem of determining causation is this:  Don’t pay anyone!  Not one business claim has been paid since the 2013 payment halt.  Even companies who received an eligibility notice in late September 2013 are still waiting to receive their money.  BP even accepted releases on these claimants, but never issued a BP Claims Payment.

 

The problems surrounding the causation issue arose late 2013 after allegations were made that some BP Claims Payment were being issued to claimants who did not suffer an economic loss as a result of the oil spill.  Admittedly there may be some truth to those allegations; it is not always possible to distinguish if a loss came from the oil spill or just a bad economy.  In order to combat that problem, the settlement originally addressed the issue of causation by setting up requirements for a BP Claims Payment.  Causation is assumed based on where you live in the economic loss zones, what industry you are in, and the pattern of the company revenue post oil spill.  According to the 1,200-page agreement, if a business near the Gulf Coast can show its revenue dropped in 2010 then rebounded in 2011, it qualifies for compensation.  The companies are not required to prove a direct link to the spill. According to U.S. Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick in the latest BP ruling in March 2014, proving causation is not the job of the claimant nor is it to be considered a gatekeeping function of the claims administrator.   The settlement states specifically that claimants are not required to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill, and even though BP appealed this issue, the 5th Circuit is holding BP’s feet to the fire.  BP is going to be forced to uphold the settlement that they helped to create.

 

Since the halt in every BP Claims Payment, BP has launched a PR campaign designed to show that they have  “made it right” in the Gulf so to speak and also to point fingers at Gulf Coast residents,  alleging that many of the claims made as a result of losses incurred during the oil spill are fraudulent.  BP even took out full-page ads in several national newspapers to prove this point, but that doesn’t help the thousands of claimants who are still waiting for payment, it only serves to frustrate and anger everyone.

 

The appeal and halt in every BP Claims Payment may have had some unexpected result for BP.  In trying to avoid the payments using the “proof of causation” argument, BP may have actually hurt themselves in the doing.  In trying to limit the cost of the settlement reached in late 2012, they may have actually increased them when they decided to fight the issue of causation.  Back in 2012, BP estimated that the deal would cost the company $7.8 billion.  Now, the price tag could reach $9.2 billion or higher.  People and businesses making claims still have to attest that their financial losses were caused by the spill, but they do not have to submit actual “proof”. Judge Southwick writes “There is nothing fundamentally unreasonable about what BP accepted but now wishes it had not.”

 

Now that the issue of causation has been answered once and for all, this opens the door for all claimants claiming a “trickle down” effect loss, which in reality and according to the settlement, is a valid BP Claims Payment claim.  I expect to see more claimants now, but I do wonder if they are going to run into problems when they seek help through an attorney or a claims office.  BPClaims.org  is still accepting clients; we were there in the beginning, and we plan on staying until the end.  Unfortunately, many other firms have been forced to stop taking BP Claims because most of them are paid on a contingency basis.  The halt in payments have made it impossible for these firms to continue to pay office expenses and salaries associated with processing claims.  The December 2013 halt in payments hurt the claimants, is going to cost BP more in the long run, and helped BP succeeded in this:  the dramatic reduction of firms that were in business to assist the claimants.  That may not have been the intention, but it was one of the end results.

 

Meanwhile, the deadline for business BP Claims Payment is fast approaching. It was originally set for April 22, two days after the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. It now has been extended to late summer.  We at BPClaims.org  are still accepting claims, and we are still fighting for our clients.  Now that the order to resume payments has passed, we are cautiously optimistic and expect payments to resume for businesses by April 2014 on every BP Claims Payment.

 

Contact  BPCLAIMS.INFO by calling 1-800-272-5246 or 1-800-BPCLAIMS

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BP Settlement Claimants can Now find Out Their Status

bp settlement  We have been hearing from many of you, that you don`t know where your BP Claims stand. Most of the Claims are with Attorneys, though some are with Consultants, and the answers that claimants are receiving are vague at best. Some Groups have created client portals so the clients know exactly where they stand, we applaud them.

People need to know where their claim is at, in the process, whether you are with a CPA, an Adjuster, or an Attorney, now there is a solution.

We have been lobbying the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Leadership for over a month for this, clients can NOW check their status even if they are with an Attorney. We would still like to see the claimants get more details as to what has been filed for them.

Here are the instructions from the Settlement Fund.

Claimants and other users are now able to check the status of their claims without having to create a login and password for the DWH Portal by using the new Check Status Portal.  The Check Status Portal only shows current statuses. The Portal does not allow users to view or respond to Notices, upload documents, or submit Registration Forms and Claim Forms.

Users can login to the Check Status Portal through the DWH website (www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com). To access the Check Status Portal, users must click the “Check My Status” link in the middle of the Home page.

To log on, the user must enter a DWH Claimant ID and the last four digits of the claimant’s Taxpayer ID.  The user must also type the security code shown on the screen. After a user successfully logs on to the Check Status Portal, he or she will see three sections: Claimant Information, Claimant Status, and Claim Status.

For security purposes, the Claimant Information section will only show the DWH Claimant ID and the last four digits of the claimant’s Taxpayer ID. The Claimant Status section shows the claimant’s overall status and the Claim Status section shows the status for each claim.  The Status column shows the current Status or Notice.  The Status Date column shows the date the Claims Administrator issued the Status or Notice. The Response Deadline shows the date by which the claimant must respond to a Notice.  Not all Notices have Response Deadlines.  If the Response Deadline column is blank, the claimant does not need to respond. You can also call them directly at 1-866-992-6174

U.S. is Pursuing Gross Negligence charges against BP

U.S. Department of Justice will be pursuing gross negligence charges against BP. This could mean that BP will have to pay out another 21 Billion Dollars. The D.O.J said that BP displayed a “culture of corporate recklessness.” The trial is set to start in January, meanwhile BP`s stock is falling.

Parishes Under Water

We have been hearing from many of our Claimants that they have lost their houses and boats in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. We have heard from many of you that are still in shelters. We have been calling people to let them know their claims have been given offers, only to hear that they have lost everything. Our hearts and prayers are with you, many of you have become friends through this process, we are with you.

BP Settlement Solutions

We can Help You or your Business navigate the waters of the BP Settlement, fees start at just 15% for most claims. We have an incredible group of Claims Adjusters and Accountants that have been working to get people paid for a long time. We care about our Clients, and it shows. Our network of BP Claims professionals extends across the Gulf Region.

Non Attorneys typically charge 15%.

Attorneys typically charge 25%.

 

We will help you with your BP Settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

Doing Battle for Your BP Claims Money

 

BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process

BP Claims Nightmare

BP has let us all know where they stand with the BP Claims process, if there was any doubt in your mind, if you thought they would show good faith, if you thought they were truly going to “make it right” through the BP claims process, they are not.

BP announced last week they did not want to pay for future loses, then they hit people with low ball BP Claims offers, hoping people would be happy, just to get something for their BP Claims. After BP made the statement regarding future loses, it was predicted by BPClaims.org that they would follow this up with low ball offers, and that is exactly what happened.

We had all hoped that BP would act in good faith, instead they trying to bury people in BP Claims paperwork, and other delaying tactics.The Attorney Generals from across the Gulf Region have seen this coming, and are launching a full investigation into the BP Claims process.

BP Claims: Our Pledge and Our Team

If you have a Valid BP Claim we will not rest until you get Paid. We have assembled the Best Group of BP Claims Attorneys,  and Claims Adjusters that have a history of doing battle with BP and Winning. The team that has come together to make sure you are treated  fairly by BP and the GCCF, We have one goal in mind, TO GET YOUR BP CLAIMS PAID. We have several Groups of Attorneys and Adjusters that all have areas of specialization. We have Denied Claims Specialists, BP Business Claims Experts, Medial Claims and VOO Attorneys, and of course Individual Claims are a priority.

BP has shown it`s colors and it`s true intent, there is no longer a shadow of doubt what their true intentions are. We are All  very passionate about helping the people, and the business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill, and have a track record to prove it.

BP Denied Claims Paid in 9 Days: BP Claims Under Review Experts

We have added a few new players to the BPClaims.org Team, and I am proud to say they are Experts with BP Denied Claims. They have gotten denied BP Claims paid in 9 Days. They have an in depth knowledge of how the GCCF  works, and what is required for a successful BP Claim. If your BP Claims are under review, they can dig in to your claim while it is sitting at the GCCF, find any deficiencies, reorganize it, and maximize it. We will put an end to your BP Claims nightmare.

BP Claims Litigation

If for whatever reason your BP Claim can`t be settled amicably, we have The Attorney that has gotten THE LARGEST AWARDS FROM BP EVER ON OUR TEAM. One way or another BP is going to pay. This is a Tier 1 law firm, which means they are the best of the best, they also specialize in fast tracking BP Business Claims for companies that are in distress as a result of the oil spill. As the true intentions of BP and the GCCF has been disclosed, litigation may be a necessary means to get your BP Claims Paid, it is best to be prepared.

Let us Help you with your BP Claims.

 

 

 


Article Source: BP Claims
Aricle: BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
Author: Bill Bohack


BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process

BP Claims Current Trends

BP Claims And BP

If You Google BP Claims you will see a paid ad from BP that reads: Visit BP’s Claims Page & Learn How To Make A Claim Without A Lawyer. If you haven`t figured it out by now, if they suggest you go left, you may want to strongly consider going right.

By this time many of you have tried to work out your BP Claim with the GCCF only to hear that your claim is UNDER REVIEW, or they NEED MORE DOCUMENTS, which then puts your claim at the bottom of the pile again, they often forget to tell you that. Many of you figured that the GCCF would deal with you in good faith, only to find out otherwise.

Simply put, they are stalling.  The GCCF is allotted only 1.25 billion (from the 20 billion set aside) each quarter from BP – they spend it paying off as many “nuisance claims” as they can – and a few “high-maintenance” claims (which are usually represented by aggressive attorneys) – this is done in a few weeks, leaving them to stall again for the next two and a half months.
If you are a Business owner or an Individual, and counted on BP ” Making it Right” you may have a long wait.  BP and the GCCF do not want you to take into consideration that you may have Multiple Claims, that the true extent of your losses may not be known in the time window they have given you to calculate your losses, when in fact the true extent of damage done and the long term effects on the economy, the environment, and your health won`t truly be known for years, how do you calculate that in your BP Claims.

BP Business Claims Example: Multiple BP Claims

The Attorneys that we work with are playing leading roles in the upcoming litigation in New Orleans.  Plus, they have more experience holding BP accountable  then any other law firms in the country, and have the support staff to make sure every Revenue Stream that you or your Business has coming in has been accounted for, and how the Oil Spill and the Stigma may affect your BP Claims.

For Example: a Seafood Restaurant in Grand Isle didn`t just lose customers because nobody was going out there, they also had a rise in seafood prices because product had to be shipped in.

If that same restaurant owned their building, that property greatly depreciated. That too was affected. Now lets go even further, and say that restaurant owned boats that would usually be used for fishing or shrimping, but instead were used in the Vessels of Opportunity program to help clean up the Spill, they couldn`t go fishing and sell the catch to other vendors, and the boats themselves were damaged in the clean up process.

Then you need to factor in how long all of these different events will affect your Business. The fact is nobody really knows, but a good rule of thumb is 3-5 years, barring any other occurrences.
This is an example of Multiple BP Business Claims.

BP Claims and Forensic Accountants

How do Attorneys figure the extent and types of damage that your Business incurred, Forensic Accountants.

Forensic Accountants specialize in looking at a business, taking all things into consideration and arriving at real number that covers your losses.

Do you think that BP or the GCCF are going to help you accurately take all of these different factors into consideration when you are working directly with them?  They have no intention, or the resources to help you calculate  how long  you, or you Business will be affected for, not to mention the Multiple Claims the you may have. They have their BP Claims Methodology in place, who do you think that benefits.

The BP claims process has become adversarial, just think about this.  After months of not paying out any interim or final claims, they came up with the Quick Pay, if your Business lost revenue from the spill and it looked like you had a good claim against them, they made blanket offers of 25k to all the businesses that were affected and individuals got a 5k offer.

When in fact many business owners and individuals  lost so much more, they did this only after many months of not paying them anything, many took these Quick Pays just so they could keep the doors open a little longer or to pay overdue bills, but they also agreed not to sue BP.  There is a strategy going on here, it is called Delay, Deny, Defend, commonly used by unscrupulous insurance companies, the way the GCCF is handling your BP Claims is no different.

BP Claims Experts on Your Side

The first thing to remember is that BP and the GCCF are by no means on your side, just look at their actions. Oil Spill Attorneys that have the proper resources in place, and truly want to protect their clients best interests are the best way to get the compensation you deserve from BP.

Seasoned Oil Spill Attorneys that understand the process, and are respected in their field and are able to get the GCCF and BP`s attention.

Already some of the Attorneys we work with have been asked to consolidate their cases into blocks so that the GCCF can settle their whole case load or blocks of their case load. Why, because they know these Attorneys mean business, and BP does not want to go into litigation against them. While other Attorneys have gotten claims paid within 2 months.

What does this mean for you, it means that you will have BP Claims Experts on your side, we have seen people who initially thought their claim was only worth 10k walk away with more then 60k.
If your claim is settled in a block of claims you don`t have to accept the offer, this is why it is not a BP class action. Your claim is still going through the BP Claims Process after it has been thoroughly investigated and maximized. Finally, if a BP settlement can not be reached it will move to litigation, where an Expert Attorney who knows Oil Spill litigation will fight for your Rights.

All this being said there is an old adage ” Never bring a Knife to a Gun Fight” I am proud to say that we do have the Biggest Guns for this Fight. The Dream Team of Attorneys we have connected with, will do their best to get your BP Claims paid.

GCCF to Close Offices

After a comprehensive review of the 35 GCCF site offices throughout the Gulf, the GCCF has decided to close eight of the claims offices throughout the Gulf region,” says Camille Biros of Feinberg-Rozen, the law firm headed by Gulf Coast claims czar Kenneth Feinberg. One office in Alabama, and four offices in Florida also will close.

Louisiana legislative leaders are asking Ken Feinberg, who is overseeing the payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to keep open three claims offices he plans to close next week.

Senators Speakout on GCCF Office Closures

Senate President Joel Chaisson and House Speaker Jim Tucker sent letters to Feinberg on Tuesday pushing for the claims offices to remain open in Lafitte, Grand Isle and Morgan City. The offices are slated to close June 1.Chaisson says the closure of three claims offices could increase frustrations against Feinberg and would be a disservice to those still struggling to recover from the disaster.

Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, said in an online interview that the decision will be a “travesty,” especially since many claims originating in these areas will still be pending action at the end of the month.

“The BP people should be knocking on doors to help people, not closing down the office that’s set up to help them,” Chabert said.

GCCF by the Numbers

As of May 19, there had been a total of 512,000 claims made through the GCCF, which have resulted in $4 billion being paid out.

In Louisiana, 200,000 claims have been filed and $1.3 billion awarded.

The GCCF has reviewed almost 88 percent of all interim and final claims. Their Numbers

GCCF and Statistics what they don`t want you to Know

The Reality is The GCCF has deployed a strategy of working their way up the claims ladder, paying the least amount possible to the most amount of people so that their statistics look impressive, and they will continue that strategy for the foreseeable future. I know as a fact that they are taking the lesser claims first as they are getting ready to settle the next group of claims.

Remember the GCCF is on a budget. There is not 20 Billion dollars sitting in a bank account, the 20 Billion is funded in increments on a quarterly basis, approximately 1.25 Billion per quarter. That is why there is waves of claims being settled every 3 months, the next wave coming in mid July. If you look at the quick pay settlements which were a travesty in my opinion, they setlled about 100,000 claims by waiting people and business`s out, then offering them 5k and 25k respecitvely, the next wave of claims to get settled is going to be many of the lowerend waiter and waitress type claims, again so there numbers look impressive statistically, remember statistics lie and so does BP.

They promised to make us whole, they promised payments would be quick, they promised this would be a fair process. Instead they are paying the least possible to the most possible so statistically they look impressive, we all learned along time ago that statistics lie.

The good news is we have connected with Attorneys that are getting people paid, if you need help, and had enough, fill out the form to the right.

 

 

The GCCF is run by  Ken Feinberg who has found a niche for his law firm Feinberg/Rozen settling  large numbers of cases against a particular defendant. In this case the defendant is BP Oil.

The GCCF and Feinberg: How they Work

Feinberg/Rozen is used to handling a large amount of claimants that are represented by Attorneys that have been injured by unscrupulous or careless Business`s. Their other current large case is  Avandia, a drug whose true side effects were hidden by GlaxoSmithKline, resulting in death by heart attack for many. In this case people who have been harmed by taking Avandia retain Attorneys to settle their claims against the makers of Avandia through Feinberg/Rozen. The Attorneys usually put together blocks of claims from 100-1000 then each case/claim is given a dollar amount based on injury. The claimant either agrees or disagrees with the number and has the right to accept or reject the offer. This is the way Feinberg/Rozen is use to working. They have systems in place to handle large amounts of claims brought to them by Attorneys, this historically is the way they work, and the GCCF and BP claims process is no different. They tell you you don`t need an attorney, but in actuality their systems and processes insist on having an  Attorney involved, it`s just the way they work.

Attorneys are settling GCCF and BP Claims in Bulk

As I write this I know of  Attorneys that have settled their entire case load with Feinberg Rozen and the GCCF, and I know that more Law Firms are currently negotiating with them to settle 10`s of Thousands of cases. The GCCF does not want you to know this, they want you to believe that your case will be handled by the GCCF in an independent and timely manner. People have been waiting a very long time now to get their Interim or Final claim money only to be given a quick pay offer where they have to sign away all future right of suing BP and settle for 5k for an individual or 25k for a business regardless of the business losses.

GCCF Percentages

Lets look at the Percentages of types of claims the GCCF has paid Quick Pay 97% paid Interim Claims 14% Paid Final Claims 19% Paid Attorneys understand how to work with Feinberg/Rozen and many have worked with them before on other types of cases. They have Forensic accountants on staff to insure that all losses are accounted for. The GCCF and Feinberg do not want you to use an attorney, they promised us timely payments, they told us they were independent, they lied. We have put together a Dream Team of Attorneys that know how to handle the GCCF and to help you, let them.

BP Makes Claims: Follow the Pattern

BP Claims against Partners

BP asserted claims against Cameron, Halliburton and Transocean in the limitation of liability action,” the report said. “BP’s claims against Transocean include breach of contract, unseaworthiness of the Deepwater Horizon vessel, negligence (or gross negligence and/or gross fault as may be established at trial based upon the evidence) … as well as a declaratory claim that Transocean is wholly or partly at fault for the Incident and responsible for its proportionate share of the costs and damages.”

The report said, “BP’s claims against Cameron assert that Cameron is liable under maritime law for providing a blowout preventer that was unreasonably dangerous in design based on certain design defects, that Cameron was negligent with respect to certain maintenance and repair that it conducted on the Deepwater Horizon BOP …”

A blowout preventer is a giant valve designed to prevent sudden eruptions of pressure.

BP Claims against Haliburton

Moreover, the report said, “BP asserted claims against Halliburton for fraud and fraudulent concealment based on Halliburton’s misrepresentations to BP concerning, among other things, the stability testing on the foamed cement used at the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well; for negligence (or, if established by the evidence at trial, gross negligence) based on Halliburton’s performance of its professional services, including cementing and mud logging services; and for contribution and subrogation for amounts that BP has paid in responding to the incident and oil spill, as well. …”

Also on April 20, the report said, BP filed a complaint in federal court in Houston against Halliburton alleging “the same counts as BP’s claim against Halliburton in Transocean’s limitation of liability action.”

Halliburton, Cameron and Transocean all filed countersuits.

How Does this effect the BP Claims Process

If you look at how this is playing out between BP and it`s partners, you can see a pattern forming. Everybody is pointing the finger at someone else. It only makes sense that when it comes to BP paying on the claims it is going to point the finger at every other factor it possibly can.

BP is going to utilize every piece of leverage it can, to pay the most minimal amount possible to claimants. BP will point out the lingering effects from Katrina, the slumping economy, and now the great flood of 2011. If they hold true to form , BP will try to make the BP claims process muddier then the Mississippi.

The GCCF Independence Charade

The GCCF is controlled by Arthur Feinberg. Mr Feinberg is employed by BP. The BP Claims process was created by BP, then revamped by Mr. Feinberg under the GCCF banner. During this transition, the process has stalled, and left many without the promised cash along the time lines promised. Mr Feinberg would like people to view he and the GCCF as independent of BP, they are anything but. For example, if your claim is over 250k it needs BP approval. So much for being independent. Finally Judge Barbier ruled that he was not, and could not tell people that he and the GCCF were independent.

Should we wait on the GCCF?

There are a lot of people who have taken a wait and see attitude, while many who were in more need, are now homeless, due to foreclosures and cars getting repossessed. For the life of me I can`t understand why there was not a moratorium for foreclosures and repo`s through out the Gulf region, for individuals that showed a direct link of loss due to the oil spill. Why make people wait, wait, and wait, only to lose everything. There were people that have been waiting since the GCCF took over, for their BP Claims money, only to get waited out by the GCCF, and forced to take a quick pay deal. So when everyone was waiting for the check to come, and desperation grew,  BP made quick pay offers of 5k for individuals and 25k for business`s, but they had to sign away any future claims, and agree not sue BP. Now does that sound like they are really here to help people.

The GCCF claims system is broken

How many times I have been told that somebody`s paperwork got lost, or they haven`t heard for months, then only to get a denial. The GCCF claims system is broken. It`s supposed to be saving people, not helping them reach new found levels of desperation. BP claims money simply should have gotten to the people by now. Instead BP is trying to narrow the field of claims they will pay, today they came down on moratorium claims. Claiming that they are not responsible for the government banning deepwater drilling. Memo to BP, Obama wouldn`t have closed down a whole industry, if it was not for your catastrophic failure to notice the obvious. Your checks and balance system was corrupted and broken, your corporate culture was based on selfishness not safety, and was  most exemplified by Mr Hayward. Then you tell us to trust you, and wait for our GCCF Claims offer, still waiting.

 

 

 

BP Claims & GCCF hide behind OPA

The U.S. Oil Pollution Act, which requires companies to compensate people and businesses harmed by an offshore spill, makes clear that liability is “limited to damages directly caused by a covered oil spill and that indirect or derivative losses are not compensable,” BP said in papers filed yesterday in federal court in New Orleans.

BP said it isn’t responsible for damages to boats that participated in its VOO program or for the losses of Gulf Coast businesses idled by the U.S. deep-water drilling moratorium.

VOO gets dealt a blow by BP/GCCF

In March, hundreds of boat owners and contractors who participated in cleaning up the BP spill filed a master complaint seeking compensation for unpaid wages, vessel damage and physical injuries from contact with the spilled oil or chemical dispersants used to break up the oil. BP yesterday asked the federal court in New Orleans overseeing spill suits to dismiss claims by these plaintiffs under the Oil Pollution Act.

We will see how BP handles these claims through the GCCF process, they also went on to tell Louisiana that they needed to go through the GCCF process before they sue BP.

GCCF Uses Delay, Deny, Defend strategy again

If you all remember, and I am trying to emphasize this, the GCCF and BP are using a Delay, Deny, Defend strategy. If the GCCF and BP wanted to pay people they would be. They are following the text book of how to handle situations such as this. The book was written by unscrupulous insurance companies, and is often implemented when companies are trying not to pay, and it works. The GCCF could be more consistent and kind when it comes to paying BP Claims.

The good new is, some of the lawyers we have connected with will take these GCCF claims.

 

Law Firms still Filing Transocean Claims

Transocean Claims

I was informed that Judge Barbier had inferred in court that Law Firms could still file on behalf of claimants against Transocean, and some firms are. There are NO guarantees here. The deadline was April 20th, if you did not file and would still like to, here is your chance, I can`t guarantee it will go through, but there are firms that will give it a shot. So if you fill out the form to the right and put Transocean in the description, we will see to it that your claim gets to them. My thoughts on this are, that Judge Barbier saw that many firms were swamped with requests and is giving them a touch more time to get these in. This is pure conjecture,  but that is the only valid reason I can figure.

Transocean Limitation Complaints

Directly taken from the Plaintiff Steering Committee website:
1) What is a Limitation Complaint?
When a vessel owner, such as Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, forces all people who have claims resulting from an incident to make any claims against it in one proceeding. In that proceeding, the Court is asked to decide whether the vessel owner can limit its liability (or what it is responsible to pay) under the law.The Court may also determine other issues, such as the liability (if any) of the vessel owner, whether the vessel owner is liable for gross negligence or the amount of fault between and among the defendants. Gross negligence involves a reckless disregard for the safety of others.

If you can get into the process you will be covered by the February 2012 trial issues.

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