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BP Needs to abide by the BP Settlement

BP Settlement News

bp settlement BP needs to stop with the commercials, and the B.S. we are on your side, when in fact they are doing everything they can to undermine the BP Settlement. After getting shot down attempting to rewrite the BP Settlement by Judge Barbier several times, they are now trying to get their way in the 5th circuit.

BP is attempting to eliminate numerous categories of claimants, we have been telling you this for the last month.

So when you see their commercials on T.V., telling you how well they are treating the people along the Gulf.

Know the TRUTH, THEY ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE. Actions speak louder then words.

This is all about money, and BP is doing it`s best to save theirs.

Recent BP Settlement History:

  • BP sues Pat Juneau for misinterpreting how he is suppose to administer funds under the terms of the BP Settlement. Let me tell you something, we process many BP Claims in house and these people stick to the letter of the Settlement. All BP wants to do here is exclude certain categories, professionals, construction, media, and agriculture are the prominent.
  • BP has tried several times to rewrite the BP Settlement, and tried to enroll the Judge and the P.S.C. The P.S.C. and the Judge have stood firmly, holding BP to the terms of the Settlement.
  • BP uses appeals as a method to stall payments, overwhelming the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Appeals Process.
  • BP sets up traps within the BP Settlement, such as the Customer Mix Test, if a Claimant is not covered under a straightforward V Trend model, most will never see a dime. We are woking to fix that.
  • BP agrees to pay stockholders 8.5 Billion for losses and expedites payments, but not the people of the Gulf.
  • BP hires Feinberg who declares himself Independent until the Judge ORDERS him to Stop, meanwhile over 200,000 people take his devilish Quickpays.
  • BP now appeals Judge Barbiers Decision to the 5th Circuit, and wants to eliminate dozens of categories they initially agreed to pay under the terms of the BP Settlement.

Still think BP is on Your Side.

What are we seeing NOW

The DeepWater Horizon Settlement has accelerated it`s processing capabilities. Postlethwaite & Netterville, the accounting firm that is now handling the majority of the BP Claims seems to be doing a good job, at the very least, much better then their predecessor. If there are issues with a claim, we are often given a phone call, or an email, and time to cure the issue before incompleteness notices, or other notifications are given. This has been a relief, and a much needed departure from past processing procedures. We can tell you from first hand experience that they strictly adhere to the terms of the BP Settlement.

Appeals, appeals, and more appeals, BP is still up to it`s old tricks trying to appeal BP Settlement Claims. They are taxing the Appeals system, and the peoples patience. The Judge and the Plaintiff Steering Committee are doing their best to thwart them, but still they persist.

Our History

We have heard from more then 50,000 people over the last 3 years. Our first site was SurvivetheSpill.com that was meant to get people help that needed help, from people that could give help. The issue was, too many people needed help, we eventually would align with Catholic Charities, and the Guys from Deadliest Catch, and we would help 1,000`s, with SurvivetheSpill.com.

We have been at this from the beginning, and we know from  first hand knowledge what is really going on.

We were then told to foll0w the BP Claims process by some attorneys because it was going to be a mess, and we did, that`s when BPClaims.org was born.

This would lead us into processing claims during the GCCF days, and eventually building The Network of Claims Professionals we have today.

Combined we have over 300 Million dollars in claims paid, and over 2 Billion dollars in the current settlement.

If you need assistance with your BP Settlement call us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM

BP Claims Professionals are only a phone call or a click away.

BP`s Logic or Lack there OF on the News

bp settlement  Last night a news segment aired in New Orleans which I highly recommend that you view. I found this report to be extremely informative and enlightening. It also gave a great overview of what exactly is going on and what is at stake for the claimants in reference to the BP Settlement situation. As I stated in the last several blogs, BP is trying to rewrite the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, the leadership of the Settlement and Judge Barbier are holding their feet to the fire. This news report explains why.

Here is the link to the report: News Link

 

 

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 News

The BP Settlement and Individual Claims

bp settlement  We have been in touch with Attorneys that have asked us to take over their individual claims, if the claims have merit, we will take them over. We think that individual claims have languished until lately in the BP Settlement. We have seen an influx of them get paid however, and that is something I think we are all happy to see. The claims are averaging between 1k-6k, not a lot but it is a start. We will be taking on these claims between 15-25% depending upon the level of work involved.

BP Business Claims and appeals

We have seen a variety of Business Claims get paid, some of them will be heading towards appeal as their  locations should have made them tourism based, but they were labeled non-tourism due to NAICS codes greatly impacting their awards. If you are finding that you need to appeal your claim, please don`t hesitate to call us and we will see what we can do. For many the ” Customer Mix Test ” is also coming into play more often and for many Business Claims it makes it about impossible to get through that final hurdle.

It is strongly recommended that when one starts their Business Claims for the BP Settlement they need to know exactly what they are up against and what type of scrutiny they will encounter under the terms of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Agreement. We also think that instead of the Settlement Fund handing out incompleteness notices they furnish the claimants and claims preparers with one check list so that the claimant can figure out if they can even provide the documentation that is needed.

BP Medical Claims

The Judge has signed off on the Medical Settlement, we are now taking on those claims and preparing them for presentation. If you have a medical claim, please don`t hesitate to call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or fill out the form to the right.

BP VOO Settlements

We are still seeing these claims get processed faster then any of the others, yes we did get an offer in less then 5 days recently, and it was subsequently paid in a matter of about 2 weeks.

BPClaims.org gets Automated

Over the last several months we have been working on a system that would allow users to upload their own documents, about 2 weeks ago we initiated the system, and it has seen great success, it allows us to process your claims with more expedience, and it allows the individual or businesses to upload BP claims at their own pace. It has greatly increased the number of claims we are uploading to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. Since revamping this has also allowed us to pay more attention to customer service, when you call you will get to one of several people who will be able to tell you exactly where your claim is in the system, and what exactly you need to finish processing your claim.

OPA Presentment Date is Sunday, Gear up or Go Home

deepwater horizon settlement

If you have not filed for OPA Presentment, and your Industry is Excluded, or you have already Opted out, you need to have your paperwork for OPA Presentment into BP by Sunday. For many of you that were in excluded industries such as Developers, Financial Institutions, Insurance, and most Moratorium Claims, you did not need to Opt Out, but you do need to file for OPA Presentment.

If your Business was not located in a DeepWater Horizon Settlement Zone you may also want to file for OPA Presentment, for example seafood restaurants located in the state of Florida but were not located in a county along the Gulf Coast, may want to apply, there are a host of other claims.

Most Law Firms have stopped taking on any OPA Presentment Claims. We have not, in fact we have Attorneys with us in house over the next several days that will help you through the process.

If you are currently using an Attorney to Assist you, or have already file your OPA Presentment Form, we wish you the best and this is by no means a solicitation.

The Staff at BPClaims.org created a questionnaire that will help you.

Whether we help you through the process, or you file directly through BP, if they owe you money, and your group or Industry was excluded, now is the time, and today is the day.

The OPA form is slightly confusing, let us make it a touch easier for you, the OPA Presentment form is 20 pages long, but it covers all of the different types of claims one might file. To make it easier BPCLaims.org staff highlighted the pages that most of you will be using, and created a questionnaire, hope it all helps.
Whether we help you through the process, or you file directly through BP, if they owe you money, and your group or Industry was excluded, now is the time, and today is the day.

If you want us to handle it you can go directly to the questionnaire and fill it out online and email it to us, or you can file the OPA Presentment Form and mail it directly to BP.

Here are the links to the Questionaires – Business or Individual

Here is the Link to the OPA Presentment Form

The Below Information is meant to only to help you through this process, it is not in anyway to be confused with the actual OPA Presentment Form.

 These Questionnaires may Help You Fill out the Form

 Business OPA Presentment Questionnaire

Please answer all of the following items. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff @ 1.800.BP.CLAIM or 941.822.0402. Be sure to mention you are calling regarding an OPA Claim, so that we can assist you promptly.

1.  Name of Business (on federal tax return):

  • Type of Business:
  • Business Phone Number:

2. Nature of Business as of 04/20/2010:

3. State sources of income or types of customers for business as of 04/20/2010:

4. Describe in detail any efforts you have made to increase revenue or reduce cost following the spill:

5. State the total amount of operation cost you have saved (or were able to avoid) as a result of reduced operations since the spill:

6. How much are you claiming for lost profits or impaired earnings capacity?

  • How did you arrive at this amount?

7. Provide a description of the alleged loss the business has sustained:

8. Describe how you believe the losses were caused by the spill:

9. Did the business cease operations, declare bankruptcy, or liquidate substantially all of its assets since the spill?

10. Did the business receive any payments from the VoO program or from participation in any other response or removal activities?

  • If so, please contact Jeff @ 1.800.BP.CLAIM before proceeding

11. Provide the business address where the loss occurred:

Street:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

12. Please provide the NAICS code of the claiming business:

13. Please provide the Employer Identification Number of the business (EIN):

14. Date and location of the businesses incorporation:

15. Person (full name) authorized to act on behalf of the business:

  • Title of authorized representative:
  • Home Address of the authorized representative

Street:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

Phone:

Cell:

Email:

16. Other associated business names (e.g. holding companies):

 

OPA Individual Claims Questionnaire

Please answer all of the following items (typed responses preferred). If you have any questions, please contact Jeff @ 1.800.BP.CLAIM or 941.822.0402.Be sure to mention you are calling regarding an OPA Claim, so that we can assist you promptly.

 

2. First Name:

Last Name:

Middle Initial:

3. Street Address:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

4. Home Phone:

5. Cell Phone:

6. Email address:

7. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy):

8. Social Security #:

9. Other names used (if applicable):

10. Current Employer Name:

11. Current Employer Street Address:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

 

12. Current Employer Identification Number (EIN):

13. Previous Employer:

14. Previous Employer Street Address:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

15. Previous Employer Identification Number (EIN):

16. Did you file a claim with BP, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, or the Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center?

If yes, please provide your claim number(s):

17. Did you receive payment from BP, GCCF, or NPFC?:

If so, please provide the amount and source of each payment you received:

18. Where you employed at the time of the spill (April 20, 2010)?:

If so, please provide the following information for the business (if same as above, please indicate as such)

Dates of Employment (Start and End):

Employer Name:

Employer Street Address:

City:

County:

State:

ZIP:

Employer Identification Number (EIN):

19. Describe your occupation, including job title, at the time of the spill:

20. Provide a description of how the spill affect our profits or impaired your earning capacity:

21.  How much are you claiming for lost profits or impairment of earning capacity?: $

How did you arrive at this figure?

22. Provide a description of the actions you took and expenses you incurred in trying to offset the loss of profits or impairment of earning capacity caused by the spill.

23. Did you receive any payments from the VoO program or from participation in any other response or removal activity? If yes, please call Jeff @ 1.800.BP.CLAIM before proceeding)

 

Pages from the OPA Form Specific for Businesses and Individuals
Businesses Pages

Page 3 Question 1
Page 3 Section B
Page 5 second half
All of page 6
Page 11
Page 12
Page13
Sign page 17

Individual pages
Page 3 Question 1
Page 3 Section B
Page 4
First half of Page 5
Page 9
Page 10
Sign page 17

You can reach us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or fax it to us at 941-822-0407 or email it to Help@BPClaims.org.

or send your completed OPA Presentment Form, not our short questionnaire directly to BP.

If you are  putting your OPA Presentment Form in Sunday, you need to send your material directly to BP.

Here is where you need to send it to, we have heard it is difficult to get a fax through.

If you need , we are now out of the office, but you can call me on my cell, 941-225-5973, and I will do what I can to assist you.

Email it to:

bpclaimsprogram@bp.com

Fax it to:

1-866-542-4785

A list of Excluded Claims that may want to File for OPA Presenment

  • Developers
  • 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.

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

BP Settlement Breaking News

BPClaims.org gets BP Settlement Offer in Less then 5 Days

bp settlement  That`s right, and we are shouting it from the roof tops, we submitted a VOO Claim to the BP Settlement less then 5 Business Days ago, and we have already received an offer.

This is the fastest we have ever had a claim go through the BP Settlement, or heard of one going through.

We are very happy for our Claimant, and pleased that our process is running on all cylinders.

We hope that this is an indicator of things to come from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, as they begin to ramp up their BP Claims processing capabilities.

Since the Judge has approved the economic settlement, it has come to our attention that the Leadership of the BP Settlement will now be able to staff up, and that should result in your BP Claims going through the process faster, stay tuned.

If you have a VOO Claim and want to get paid quickly, please feel free to call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM, or fill out the form to the right.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Thoughts

The BP Settlement Matures

bp settlementWith Judge Barbier`s final approval of the BP Settlement, combined with finally seeing a sample set of all types of claims get paid or receive offers, we more fully understand how different types of claims, in different zones will be treated.

Should we have had this understanding before the opt out date, sure, but we have to play the cards we have been dealt.

On the bright side our processing side can tell you if you have a claim, as long as you have the financials to support it, in hours, and not days.

The maturation of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement has accelerated our ability to process claims, and help people better understand if indeed they fit into the BP Settlement.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Incomplete Claims

What many people and businesses are experiencing are Incomplete Notices, for many, these come one, after another, after another, after another, you get the idea.

It would be beneficial if the leadership at the DeepWater Horizon Settlement could facilitate it so that  ONE CHECKLIST of everything that the Claimant or Claims Preparer needed to complete the Claim was furnished to them.

This would end a lot of frustration on everybody`s part. If you are experiencing Incomplete Claims Notices and are at then end of your rope, we will be happy to assist you, we can handle most of them for as little as 10% of the eventual recovery.

Settlement Zones and NAICS Codes

There are still some issues with Settlement Zones and NAICS codes, what is considered tourism, what is not tourism.

We are also seeing a large number of claims that are clearly in HIGH Volume Tourism Destination areas that don`t fit under the Tourism NAICS codes get labeled non-tourism.

There are cures for that, but as usual you have to jump through a few more hoops, and dot your i`s and cross your t`s.

The multiplier for a non tourism related business vs. tourism related business makes it worthwhile.

BP Business Claims

Many businesses that are applying for the BP Settlement are eager to know if they have the correct financials in order to have success under the terms of the Settlement. If you own a business, and are looking for answers surrounding your claim, or possible claim, don`t hesitate to call us, and our in house experts will be happy to assist you. We have forensic accountants, and other BP Claims Professionals that will be happy to help you, we are not attorneys.

Individual Claims in the BP Settlement

Individual claims in the BP Settlement are still running into all kinds of road blocks with in it`s framework, these people need to be handled in a more expedient manner. We deal with lots of individuals and understand there frustrations, some are better handled by attorneys for various reasons, and some we can assist, either way this has been a bone of contention for many of you. Many of the people that are on our facebook site have run into these same obsatcles, if you need help, please feel free to contact us, if you would like to talk to a group of people that have faced similar challenges check out our Facebook Page at BPClaims.org Facebook

Old GCCF Claims

When the GCCF Closed it`s doors they had almost 1 Million Claims that they were processing, what happened to all of these claims, well for the most part, people and businesses did not update them for the BP Settlement.

The last update that I read from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, they had approximately 91,000 people and business that had filed with the Settlement.

Within the Judges order he said they anticipated over 1 Million claims to apply for restitution.

If you have a claim, that was with the GCCF it is time to get back on it, and update for the BP Settlement. If you are wondering if you have a claim that qualifies fill out the form or call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM.

BP VOO CLAIMS

We have had BP appeal various VOO Claims for a variety of reasons, usually people had lost there Master Vessel Charter Agreement, or other needed documents. We have developed several workarounds for these issues. We have gotten VOO Claims through the process in as little a 2 weeks.

The BPClaims.org Network

We have the largest network of BP Settlement Professionals from Key West to Houston. Traditionally we charge just 15% for assisting you with your claim, we don`t get paid until you do.  We pride ourselves on the individual attention we provide our clients.  You will always receive a call back from our Claims Advisors…we look forward to speaking with you!

If there is one thing that separates us from other Claims Groups and firms, it is our Accessibility. Many of our clients don`t just reach our staff at the office, but often have their personal cell phone numbers, we pride ourselves on being here for the client, and getting the job done.

We will Help You with Your BP Settlement.

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