BP Claims Settlement a Reality Check
BP Settlement and How We got Here
The days are coming to a close when you will have to decide whether you are in or out of the BP Settlement. It’s actually very sad that some of you will have to wait years to ever see a penny from BP.
They deployed their strategy long ago through Feinberg, when he made certain that many of your claims would never see the light of day; through the delay, deny, and defend tactics employed by unscrupulous insurance companies. When he replaced World-renowned Claims Adjusting Companies with Law Firms with no experience in this sort of matter, to Process your claims, we all got screwed.
I am not saying that this was intentional on his part or their part, but when you look at a typical textbook play of how to thwart payments to claimants after natural disasters, major manufacturing mishaps, and pharmaceutical negligence you can now add the BP Oil Spill to the list.
If the BP Settlement survives, and I am betting it will, certain businesses that only show losses in 2010, but not 2011 will be the major winners. Individuals and businesses without a clear-cut or well-documented cases will simply have to wait. People who made a living from the Gulf will be compensated in some cases but most will be lost for years in the system. There needs to be some wiggle room, so that more people/businesses can fit into the Settlement framework.
And, we needed a better sample set of claims that would get PAID under the Settlement, but I am afraid a certain Processor made sure that would not happen, and used incompetence as the mechanism; very legal, very smart, and very shameful.
This trap was set a long time ago when Obama met with BP and struck the 20 Billion Dollar Deal. When Obama hired Mr. Feinberg he allowed BP to pay him and let him play by their rules.
Obama should have seen this coming and protected us, but he let BP dictate everything, from clean up to Corexit, from payouts to processing, it was never in our hands, it was always in BP’s.
We have seen a wave of offers come through lately, and have been promised payments for them soon, but we have seen nothing in the mail and, the clock is ticking. It is difficult for many to stay in the settlement if your claim is in limbo, and before November 1, 2012, you have to make a decision to either stay, and find out you may not qualify, and get nothing, or go, and enter a third claims program actually run by BP, before you can even litigate.
The Settlement needs more time, the people need more time, the process needs more time. It is in my humble opinion, that the deficiencies of the BP Settlement have just begun to be addressed, and there is a great framework to work within here, but we need to see some fruit, we need to see how claims will be treated. There is just to much uncertainty, and that is leading to Fear, and to many people are capitalizing on that,
What Happens Next OPA, Opt Out`s, and Beyond
With the Opt-Out date looming, many of you will be told by Attorneys that you will need to Opt-Out now and sign with them immediately for the ‘Oil Pollution Act’ (OPA) presentment and maybe we can get you paid under OPA. You do NOT need an Attorney for OPA Presentment.
At this time, the Attorneys/Individuals/Consultants will need to have your basic information, and approximate loss figures into OPA, in by January 20th, 2012, so they can be formally presented by April 20th, 2013.
This will be the THIRD Claims process that many of you will be going through. Yes, the third claims process; this is how they wear people down.
Let me be clear hear, if you choose to Opt-Out you do not need to immediately sign up with an Attorney, if want help finding the best Attorneys that handle your type or types of cases, we can help you there, and we will.
In all Actuality you don`t even need an Attorney, not just yet, but be ready.
Do Not Opt Out Just Yet.
The leadership of the Settlement has done their best to get the system set up, and your claims processed as quickly as they could.
The reality is the odds were stacked against them from the beginning, and it took them too long to figure it out. Using the same processors that the GCCF used was ludicrous, and they were ordered to do so. People in high positions, based on past relationships trusted them, they were deceived.
Remember who hired them and fired the people that actually knew how to process these claims, yep, good old Mr. Feinberg. BP paid Mr Feinberg, and paid him well.
It gets better, or actually worse, under OPA presentment your claims will go to The BP Claims Program based out of Houston Texas.
The BP Claims Program is run by guess who, and administered by guess who, BP, it`s like taking the lambs to slaughter and guess who are the lambs?
That`s Right BP will be in-charge of paying your OPA Claim, so who in their right mind would be in rush to put their claim in their hands? Not Me.
It is my humble opinion and I am not an Attorney, that you can either be lead to slaughter or choose to fight; call your congressmen, your senators, and vote in the upcoming election.
Many of you on our Facebook page have talked about Marching, I suggest New Orleans, It`s all up to you.
Isn’t that how we do things here in America, so if your as fired up as I am, jump onto our Facebook page and lets start talking about the details.
I have been told that Judge Barbier and Mr. Juneau are very solid Southern Men. Gentlemen we have people dying out there, not just economically, but from the use of Corexit 9500. I was told last week that 3 out of 4 boys died from one family in Plaquemines Parrish from Liver Cancer. These boys were children.
Guys that worked the VOO are dropping like flies. We hear these stories on a daily basis and nobody is doing a darn thing about it.
BP is Negotiating with the Department of Justice
As I am write this, BP and the Federal Government are negotiating another BP Settlement with the DOJ that is suppose to bring as much as 80% of that revenue back to the Gulf States under the Restore Act. The number is in the Billions; speculation is between $15B-$21B May I suggest the feds step in and help renegotiate the Settlement that BP and the PSC came up with, and specifically give Mr Juneau and Judge Barbier some latitude and more power to handle this their way, and not have to ask BP or the PSC for permission. Things need to get done here!!!
It`s just a thought. If there was ever time to hold BP`s feet to the fire and get something done for the people I think now might be a real good time.
And One more Thing
The Macondo Well is still leaking, there is speculation from the Coast Guard and other sources it is an old riser pipe, well it`s been leaking for a really long time now.
The Oil was tested, and it is Macondo Oil and it is fresh oil, not mixed with the sludge you would find in a riser pipe, and does it not make this whole darn process null and void, under OPA, because you can`t settle a catastrophe while it is still happening. At least find out for sure where the oil is coming from first. Can anyone say R.O.V, c`mon now.
There is a six mile, and some days much bigger, Oil Stream coming from the Macondo Well. It sounds like the BP Oil Spill is STILL HAPPENING.
We would never be having this conversation had Feinberg done his Job, and actually paid Interim Payments.
We at BPClaims.org will do whatever we can do to Help You.
We have Never and will Never put Profit in front of People.
We have the most extensive network of Claims Processors and Attorneys throughout the Gulf Coast. They charge 15-25%.
We care and it shows, and we are going to call it like we see it, ’til everybody is made as whole as they can be. I mean everybody.