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Judge Edith Clement and Big Oil

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

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

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

Judge Clement and FREE

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

 Why does this matter?

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

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

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

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BP tries to cut budget to slow payment of BP Claims

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

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

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

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

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

Why is it taking so long to process BP Claims?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should Brown Greer be investigated?

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

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

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

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

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The GCCF v.s. The BP Settlement

bp settlementDid all of your friends receive BP Settlement Payouts with little or no supporting documentation for their claim?

Did you work for a company where all of the other employees received compensation except for you?

Was your BP claim denied for no reason?

It is important to understand that before the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement came into play, there was a different group responsible for compensating businesses and individuals for losses incurred from the April 2010 oil spill. This was the GCCF, not the BP Settlement.

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility offered quick payments to individuals and businesses along the gulf coast and forced them to sign releases not to sue BP again in the future. Some people received settlements by submitting minimal to no documentation, while others that did the same job for the same company received nothing. 

Unfortunately, no one actually knows what guidelines the GCCF was using in regards to their payouts, which is probably one of the reasons they no longer exist today. At this time, anyone who signed a full and final release with GCCF may not file another claim for the same business or individual.

If you were denied by the GCCF, we may still be able to help you under the terms of the BP Settlement.

If you never updated your GCCF Claim, you need to do so to be a part of the Deeepwater Horizon Settlement.

The Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement, which took over after the GCCF was shut down, was set up with very specific guidelines which the claims administrators follow down to the tee.

Most of the time, detailed, full documentation is now required for both business and individual claims. This is not to say that it is impossible to supply the needed documents; our office receives multiple settlement offers per week for both businesses and individuals. This just means that to present a valid claim to the settlement reviewers, you must provide the documents they are looking for. There are instances when workarounds are possible.

BP Settlement Help

BPClaims.org and our network partners work closely to prepare and file thousands of claims. We help our clients understand the process and paperwork they will need to provide to ultimately receive a payout. We know this can be a frustrating and confusing process and we work hard to help alleviate the stress that comes along with it.

We work with:

  • Business Owners
  • CPA`s
  • Individuals
  • Non-profits
  • Law Firms
  • VOO Claimants
  • and anyone else affected by the BP Oil Spill

When it comes to the help we provide for a BP Settlement, we do all that we can, including but not limited to:

  • Helping clients prepare and file valid claims
  • Responding to Incompleteness and Follow-up Incompleteness notices
  • Filing appeals to BP
  • Responding to appeals made by BP
  • Filing Medical Claims
  • Looking deeply into Denied Claims

If you or your business was truly affected by the oil spill, we can help you gather the needed documentation, process and file your claim. Please contact us today to get started.

Also for the latest news on the BP Settlement, visit our news page here.

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.

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The BP Settlement and More

The V Trend Explained

bp settlement  Many people are being told to opt out, or stay in The BP Settlement much of this discussion hinges upon understanding the V Trend.

If you are a Zone A Business or Individual you do not need to worry about the V Trend, just show a loss in 2010. Documenting those losses, under the terms of the Settlement are key.

To qualify under the settlement,  many businesses  need only show that their gross revenues for three consecutive months or more between May and December 2010 diminished 8.5 % (15% in zone D) as compared to the same months in either 2009, the average of 2008-2009, or the average of 2007-2009, this forms the first leg of the “V”- Shaped test.  For the second leg of the “V”-Shaped Test, the business needs to have an increase in 2011 of 5% (10%  in zone D) for the same consecutive months in 2010. There is a similar test for Individuals.

There are exceptions to this rule that we can assist you with.  Importantly, outside of what the settlement methodology requires, a business is not required to draw a connection between the oil spill and their drop in revenues. Please understand the last part, you do not need to show the Oil Spill caused the loss. In many areas though the Oil Spill did deflate an economic recovery that was occurring in many areas along the Gulf Coast, and they should pay for it.

BP Settlement Zones

The Coastal areas from close to Houston to Key West are a conglomeration of A, B, and C zones, aside from the coastal areas, the whole states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the counties of Florida touching the Gulf are all zone D. To view the maps go here. Each zone has different RTP`s or Multipliers associated with it that will enhance the final calculation of your loss.

To Opt out or Opt In (That is the Question)

In the end the the decision is yours, at this point however there are a lot of people trying to answer it for you. Most of them are Attorneys with very large case loads. They have been holding their case loads over the heads of the settlement like a sledge hammer, telling the leadership if they don`t get their way they are going to tell their whole client base to Opt Out, and if the Settlement Fund did not get the show on the road they had good reason, the fund needs give them at the very least a sample set of claims. However it is my opinion the show is finally on the Road if ever so slowly leaving the Gate, and it is not time to Opt Out just yet. In about 2 weeks that answer may change.

Granted the BP Settlement, took a little longer to get going then anticipated, the date had to be extended, certain processors for the BP Settlement (Deepwater Horizon Settlement) had  issues, but it has begun. If you Opt Out you can choose to litigate or have your claims filed with BP, under the BP Claims Program, for some this is a necessity. You need to do this by November 1, 2012, you do not need to be aligned with an Attorney to Opt Out.

Now mind you, if you Opt Out of the BP Settlement, the Judge capped what an Attorney can charge you at 25% of whatever your claim receives under the BP Settlement, if you Opt Out it is going to be whatever you agree to.

BP Business Claims

Business Claims that could demonstrate losses under the the V trend model and other settlement remedies such as the failed business model have done  well lately, and recently we have gotten quite a few offers in. The numbers that our Claims Professionals have come up with, and what has been offered by the settlement have been as little as 1% off. The offers we have seen from the Settlement have all been fair, and they have all been accepted by our clients.

Why some Claims have Languished

What we have seen so far is that Individual Claims and Seafood Compensation Claims have not done well under the Settlement, due mostly to staunch documentation issues and because many processors and Attorneys decided to place an emphasis on business claims. Some documentation issues have recently been relaxed, and more people were hired to process claims by The Settlement.

After 2 1/2 years of trying to get people paid through the GCCF, and then the Settlement, many coffers were low, and the groups in this litigation for the most part, but not all rushed to get Business Claims that worked under the terms of the BP Settlement in first. This left many Individuals who have waited patiently, still waiting to be processed and many are being urged to Opt Out, and pursue litigation.

Many of these people have elected to release their Attorneys and  Consultants recently and decided to go it alone or seek help elsewhere, and who can blame them. I strongly urge you to at the very least to see if your claim has been processed before doing so, and what is the calculation. If it has not been fully processed at least get an idea of when it will be, and if the Settlement is good for you.

Often the people helping with your claim are not at fault, the entire process has let you down. People are tired, and they have every right to be. There really needs to be a better solution for them. We really are all in this together and I urge everyone involved in this to stop putting profit before people and do the next right thing.

Now with all of that being said, for many Individual Claims and others it may be better to Opt Out and get with the right Attorneys and become a member of some class that may form down the road, or another remedy such as OPA presentment. We have reviewed and submitted a large number of Individual Claims in house recently, and I have to tell you their numbers and the lack of documentation that they can come up with does not bode well for them under the Settlement.

If you have all of your documentation and you can Clearly demonstrate your loss the above statement may not apply to you. However some of the Attorneys that have been at this for awhile are truly pros when it comes to this sort of litigation and I urge you to listen to them, they have a strategy, people need to judge their own claims based upon realistic expectations and proper documentation, in the end the choice is yours.

Now mind you I am not an Attorney and in no way is any of this legal advice, I am simply laying out the landscape as I see it, I am a large proponent of PPP, ( pause, pray and proceed), the answers will come.

BP Settlement Solutions

If you would like to understand more from an Attorneys point of view go to OilSpill-Attorneys.com, the Attorneys you will find here are a consortium of highly skilled Attorneys, who helped create this site and clearly expressed their views.

If you would like to use a Processor, and have a clear cut business loss you may want to use our highly skilled and trained Group of Claims Adjusters and CPA`s.

Mind you Processors can not give legal advice, and Attorneys can, that is something to consider at this point with the opt out dates coming up.

Neither gets paid until you do.

Again the decisions are yours.

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DeepWater Horizon Settlement “The Wave”

BP Settlement and what should be next

bp settlementThere is a lot of pure conjecture going on about the BP Settlement, some based in Fact, and others are pure fiction. The BP Settlement is about to pay, and pay BIG, people that are in our circle, are getting calls on a daily basis from Brown Greer and Price WaterHouse asking for updated information. This is a good sign that the BP Settlement Claims process is going to start paying out soon.

Expect BP Settlements Soon

From what we have been hearing, expect a major wave of BP Claims to receive offers around September 10th. That seems to be the date everyone that is in the know keeps referring to. I would not be giving you all dates if I didn`t think it was about to happen myself.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims

So lets say you receive an offer from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund, what happens next? Well first you either accept it, or decline it, or you may wish to appeal it. Lets say you accept it, first remember whatever other claims you may have, must be settled within the terms of the Deep Water Horizon Settlement. Now from what I keep on hearing BP still has the right to appeal your settlement offer but has a limited amount of time to do so.

  • If your Claim is under $250,000.00 BP has 10 days to appeal your Claim
  • If your Claim is between $250,000.00-500,000.00 they have 15 days to appeal your Claim
  • If your Claim is over $500,000.00 they have 20 days to appeal your Claim

Now mind you this is my summation of it, I am not a lawyer, I just think people need to be aware of a few things, more on the appeals process in my next blog, and how it can work for the claimant.

Updating Your GCCF Claims

If you had a claim at the GCCF it has to be updated for the BP Settlement. If you need Help and would like people that we think can help you do so they charge 15%. You need to update you BP Claims that were at the GCCF so you can get paid by the Settlement.

There are only 54,000 BP Claims at the BP Settlement as of now, expect that number to soar as soon as the money begins to hit the streets, my advice is to get on this now, not when everyone in town is sending in their paperwork at the same time.

We have seen this before, for example when the GCCF finally started paying out, waiters and waitresses were some of the first to get checks, then came all of their friends, and I mean lots of friends. The same thing is going to happen when the Settlement fund begins to pay.

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If you need the Assistance of an Attorney their fees are usually around 25%.

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BP Settlement a Few Thoughts

The October 1 Opt Out date needs to be Extended

bp settlement  There has been a lot of conversations lately about the BP Settlement. A number of High Powered Attorneys would like to see the opt out date of October 1 to be extended. Personally I think it makes sense. The BP Settlement is just becoming better understood by so many. It wasn`t very long ago that we all got the terms of the settlement and got a handle on how to process BP Claims for the Settlement.

Everybody has had a pretty fast learning curve to grasp, new processing methods, new formulas, and more documentation. Do you all know what it is like to collect documentation, let me tell you all from first hand experience, it is not easy.

That being said, The GCCF has such an inconsistent methodology, rule changes when ever it suited them, a number of Attorneys and others decided to take a wait and see approach, and after a lot of disappointments with the GCCF, many were thinking more about going to trial then submitting anymore claims that were just not going to see the light of day under the GCCF. Initially I had some real issues with this, I went head to head with a number of Attorneys over this issue,  but can now see the logic and their point of view, and to a few of them I apologize, you know who you are.

Then came the Settlement, new leadership, new guidelines, new timelines. The Settlement was granted preliminary approval on May 2, basically 3 months ago. Some of the Attorneys in this litigation have over 10, 000 claims some even more then 20,000 claims, that`s a lot of claims. There is no way on God`s green earth that with all of the claims the Attorneys have in house, and many are now processing in house, they can handle these kinds of caseloads in that amount of time, and if they are not granted more time the New BP Settlement Fund can be assured that these Attorneys will be opting out the MAJORITY of their case loads, and I don`t think any of us want that.

BP Settlement and Transparency

On a different note but in the same vein, we get a lot of calls from people that want to know where their claim is at with their Attorney, we tell them to call their Attorney, some Attorneys choose not to return phone calls, it would be a wonderful mechanism if people who had Attorneys could check on their claims without having to call their attorneys. This would eliminate a lot of problems, people would know where their claims were at, they may even be able to find out what documentation they need to provide, and it would help make the process more transparent all the way around. Some Attorneys have tackled this problem head on and created client portal so the clients can see exactly where their claims are at, we think that`s a heck of an idea, but also think it would be great if this was spearheaded by the leadership of the Settlement and it was done for all claimants, sorry guys, I know you have a lot on your plate but it would HELP a lot of people.

Corexit and The Oil Spill

Since I am on my soap box for this particular blog, lets talk about Corexit, sick people getting sicker and what we are hearing from you. There are two very alarming trends out there one is the amount of people that work in the water like oystermen dieing from strokes. Blood pressure spikes seem to be a common theme from everyone we talk to who has been in contact with Corexit. These men and women and particularly clean up workers, voo workers and oystermen are experiencing an exceptionally high amount of strokes and heart attacks. The National Institute of health is running around the Gulf taking hair and nail samples, this should speak volumes.

The other trend we are hearing about is the amount of women and families that are experiencing miscarriages and babies that have been born sick and not making it. Many of these people had direct contact with Corexit, and worked on the Oil Spill. this is a tragedy at the highest level, and why more has not been done to help All of these people I have no idea.

Quick Pays

You didn`t think I wasn`t going to mention quick pays, anyone who reads this blog knows that of all the screwing of the people worst hit by the oil Spill, Quick Pays were the worst thing to happen to most of the fishermen and businessmen affected by the spill. Nobody ever even knew Quick Pays were going to be a part of the process, we all were told people would be able to take Final pays and Interim claims, which actually made sense. When Feinberg unleashed the Quick Pay Scam and suckered people into taking this blood money so they could save their houses, boats, cars and families he did the biggest disservice to The People of the Gulf, people did not even know how long their livelihoods would be affected, and for a messily 5k or 25k many gave up their right to Sue BP, this needs to be fixed and fixed soon.

Just a few thoughts and by the way I am for the BP Settlement we just have a few things that need to be addressed.

Best of Luck to All, and Gods Speed,

Bill

The BP Settlement is for Real

bp settlement We are happy to report that claims of ALL sizes and Industries that are covered under the BP Settlement are either getting offers, or going Under Review.

One of our Consultants/Adjusters that has around 300 claims submitted under the Settlement, has had over 15 come under review in the last week, others are getting offers on a consistent basis.

This time Under Review is certainly a step in the Right direction, under the GCCF it was a joke. Claims sizes ranged from 10k-700k, and covered individual claims,fishermen claims, Voo Claims, and business claims.

This is great news, we thought the new BP Settlement fund would just start at the smaller claims and work their way up, there were early indications that`s what they were doing, a few weeks into it there are new signs, all sorts of claims are receiving offers, and they are coming in on a regular basis.

Have you updated your GCCF claim so it meets the requirements of the BP Settlement

Under the terms of the BP Settlement, if you had a BP Claim under the GCCF, you will need to update some information and pass some financial tests. It is important to update this information so your claim can meet the new requirements. If you would like help we have Access to a fantastic group of Claims Adjusters and CPA`s who specialize in the BP Settlement.

They have over 300 trained CPA`s and a whole division specializing in the BP settlement led by the Best BP Claims Adjuster in the Country, at least in my estimation.

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  • Claims that were still at the GCCF and not updated for the Settlement
  • Business Claims
  • Individual Claims
  • Seafood Compensation Claims
  • Voo Claims
  • Property Claims
  • New Claims

The BP Settlement still has along way to go

Its still going to take awhile for people to become believers. There are still some major obstacles, and many of them have merit.

Pam Bondi has a valid point that more of Florida should be covered.

Quick Pays need to be readdressed because what happened there was heinous.

Attorneys looking to opt out their entire case loads, especially if the opt out deadline is not extended. Lets face it it takes time to put these claims together.

We all want this to work,  Mr. Juneau and his staff have a lot of work ahead of them.

This all pales in comparison to what happened to the people, well it`s time for folks to get paid, and the time seems to be now.

Our Ajuster/CPA Group charges a 15% contingency fee to help you with your BP Settlement.

Deepwater Horizon Settlements News

Deepwater Horizon Settlements and You

deepwater horizon settlementsDeepwater Horizon Settlements will be the mechanism for you to settle your BP Claims. The Deepwater Court Supervised Settlement Program will cover economic and medical claims associated with the BP Oil Spill.

The only reason there is a Deepwater Horizons Settlements Program, is because of the dismal failure of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

The track record of the GCCF was shameful for many as they preyed upon the fishermen, crabbers, and shrimpers of the Gulf Coast.

Many others were starved into taking Quick Pays, and the buzz around creating a Class Action for those preyed upon has been intensifying in recent weeks.

Who runs the Deepwater Horizon Settlements Program

The Deepwater Horizons Settlements will be run as a court supervised program under Judge Barbier and the administrator Patrick Juneau.

The entities processing the claims will remain the same from the GCCF, this is a concern. New guidelines will of course be in place, but after the debacle of the GCCF and knowing what we do about their internal processing methods, we will be watching them like a Hawk, and letting you know how it goes.

Do You Qualify for Deepwater Horizon Settlements

If you did not take a quick pay or a final claim and can prove you were impacted by the BP Oil Spill you most likely qualify.Individuals and Businesses that took final claims that were only paid 60% still qualify for the BP Settlement. The Deep Water Horizon Settlements program was meant to do the greatest amount of good for the most amount of people.

If you did take a final or a quick pay, but worked on the V.O.O or are sick you still qualify for the BP Settlement.

Were there people left out of the BP Settlement that should have been addressed, you bet there were, and we are are hard at work still trying to help you. If you were damaged economically, physically or if your property was damaged the Deepwater Horizon Settlements Program is meant to help you.

Deepwater Horizon Settlements Help

It is our belief that the best thing you can do to insure that you are prepared for the Deepwater Horizon Settlements Program is to have a well documented BP Settlement Claim, and from what we have been seeing is that many of you will have multiple claims under the BP Settlement Program.

We work with licensed Claims Adjusters that have specialized in Hurricane and Tornado Claims for over 30 years, they know how to document these types of claims, and they are often called in as experts when multiple claims and issues arise in Judicial proceedings.

This is exactly what they do. They will document your claim for you. They charge 7.5%-15%.

We also work with Attorneys if they are needed, the Attorney`s we work with have a proven track record.

We will Help you with your Deepwater Horizon Settlements.

 

The BP Settlement and the end of the GCCF

bp settlement  The BP Settlement should have preliminary approval on Wednesday of this week, on the whole it does do the most amount of good for the most people, however the BP Settlement could do more. It could address the people that were victimized by Quick pays, it could pay people that are upstream from the fishermen such as the processors and give them better BP Settlement multipliers. The BP Settlement under Judge Barbier could truly make it right for so many people.

This will be Patrick Juneau`s swan song, in many peoples opinion. The BP Settlement will be ran by Judge Barbier and administered by Patrick Juneau, it is called the BP Court Supervised Settlement. The BP Settlement promises transparency and quick payouts. You do not need an Attorney to be a part of the BP Settlement, though some websites out there tell you, you do, they lie.

The BP Settlement and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility will be replaced by the new BP Settlement Fund. We have heard from Managers of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that they will be leaving their jobs on June 1st to be replaced by the new staff that will be running the BP Settlement on June 4th. The infamous days of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility are almost over, leaving Ken Feinbergs reputation ever tarnished. The Delay, Deny, and Defend tactics they used were unconscionable, forcing people to take quick pays or lowered final pay outs, just to save BP money, need to be addressed in the BP Settlement, or BP Class Actions will most definitely come into play. There are people now organizing Class Actions for people who took Quick Pays, how do I know because we are one of them.

The GCCF was an Abomination

Never in the history of a disaster such as this was an organization allowed to run rampant and to take advantage of so many. Over 200,000 people took the Quick Pays, people were promised Interim Payments, but instead got bombarded by Quick Pays. The GCCF knew that many people were starving and facing foreclosures.

I never did understand why President Obama and the leaders in the Banking Industry did not put a freeze on foreclosures in the most affected areas. Instead debts piled up and the GCCF took advantage of their own Delay tactics, and as bills piled up for many, and they moved closer to the brink, they began to break out the Quick Pay schemes. People were economically forced to take them and we ALL know this as a fact.

People were told numerous times that the GCCF had lost their paperwork, only to find that often the paperwork was simply mislabeled and put somewhere else in their file, another Delay tactic.

The GCCF went on to lie to major Attorneys in the Oil Spill litigation and told them to take in all the BP Claims they could and put them into the Bulk Upload, this allowed the Attorneys to register the clients and the heads of the GCCF said they would pay these clients even though limited paperwork was on file at the GCCF.

Many people thought there claims had been filed, indeed they were, but they were not payable, we know this because we have talked with the people processing them at Brown Greer and they were laughed at and denied. It seems the GCCF would use these people as targets for Quick Pays as well. We have often heard of people that filed with Attorneys would be approached by members of the GCCF  waving 5k or 25k in front of them. These people never even filed claims individually with the GCCF. It is our belief that the GCCF used the many clients that were entered into the Bulk Upload as a contact list, to hit people that were disadvantaged by the whole Bulk Upload scheme so they could be hit by Quick Pays.

It seems as though the GCCF would tell one group one thing, and another group something else, which lead to confusion and aggravation and fewer BP Claims getting paid. People signed off their rights to further sue BP, just for a quick infusion of cash. The BP Settlement has the opportunity to right the many wrongs of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

How can we Help you with your BP Settlement.

We have connected with Licensed Claims Adjusters that have worked in this sort of Claims arena for years, they charge 15% for your standard claims and 7.5% for large loss claims. They can help with any BP Claims you may have.

Attorneys are used when needed for the BP Settlement, but there are strategic times and types of claims that they should be called upon. There are most certainly some BP Claims that demand using an Attorney, and when needed they will be. Attorneys traditionally start at 25%.

WE WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR BP SETTLEMENT.

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