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BP Claims News by Bill Bohack

BP Claims begin to get Paid

The good news is we are seeing a steady stream of claims begin to get paid this week.

The bad news is, claims calculations and the adoption of rule 495 seem to leave many processors and cpa`s scratching their heads.

We have been told by people inside of the BP Settlement that it took longer then expected because all of the claims had to be recalculated for 495.

 BP Claims Appeals are looming.

Lot`s of appeals. If you need to speak to a bp claims appeal attorney please fill out the form to the right.

 BP and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court meets on BP Today?

Supposedly there is a very quiet meeting between the Supreme Court Justices today.

The issue at hand is whether or not they will hear BP`s case. Some suggest the only reason they would hear it is to put a halt to BP`s frivolous appeals agenda. Delay, Deny and Defend, BP we ALL fully understand your agenda.

 

bp claimsAt this point in time, it still is what it is, an ever changing playing field that is lately tilting in BP`s favor.  I know some people on Gravier Street in New Orleans are doing their best, and hopefully this a trickle of  the claims we are seeing get paid becomes a deluge but only time will tell.

 

We have spoken to several processors in the last 24 hours and they have all experienced a spike in claims getting paid.

Let`s hope that continues.

we would like to thank the fine people at Crestview Motors for their continued support.

 

Additional Relief for BP Claimants

bp settlementThis week a 1.1 billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (HESI) was announced by the BP Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation. The HESI settlement is in part to Halliburton’s role in the incident being found criminally negligent; and in a further attempt to make things right for the Gulf Coast, the settlement was approved. Judge Carl A Barbier will oversee the settlement and continues to have an active role in the ongoing Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement.

While we are not attorneys, we feel it is important to keep all affected claimants informed, and to ensure that they receive all of the information they are entitled to in a timely manner. As always, we continue to be advocates for victims of the BP oil disaster, we have been there since the beginning when the disaster happened in April of 2010.

If you were denied previously, you may still be eligible.

The HESI Settlement includes two classes:
1) Individuals and businesses that are class members in the existing Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement. We were disappointed to see that businesses and individuals who received “quick pays” in the beginning were excluded. We continue to seek justice for those individuals. Many were unfairly coerced into accepting a settlement that may have solved some economic issues short term; but I have heard from many of those same individuals that the compensation they received was far less than what they should have received. Unfortunately, many of those people who received “quick pays” had to take the payments. The only other option was to lose their businesses or homes. Sadly for many, that happened anyway. We continue to seek justice for those victims.

2) Any “individual” business (including fishermen and charter boat operators), property owner, or governmental entity (excluding both state and federal government) that is proven to have Robins Dry Dock standing under General Maritime Law.

This particular settlement applies to commercial fishermen and charter boat operators that were in business at any time between April 20, 2009 and April 18, 2012; property owners, businesses and local governments that had oil touch their real estate or personal property any time between April 20, 2010 and April 18, 2012; and individuals that fished or hunted in specified areas and depended on their catch for subsistence, barter or trade” (CNBC, September 2, 2014).

Exclusions to the HESI Settlement:

(1) Any New Class Member who timely and properly elects to opt out of the New Class under the procedures established by the Court?.
(2) Defendants in MDL 2179, and individuals who are current employees of HESI, or who were employees of HESI during the Class Period.
(3) The Court, including any sitting judges on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, their law clerks serving during the pendency of MDL 2179, and any immediate family members of any such judge or law clerk.
(4) Governmental Organizations as defined in Section 5.
(5) Any Natural Person or Entity who or that made a claim to the GCCF, was paid, and executed a valid GCCF Release and Covenant Not to Sue, provided, however, that a GCCF Release and Covenant Not to Sue covering only Bodily Injury Claims shall not be the basis for exclusion of a Natural Person.
(6) BP Released Parties and individuals who were employees of BP Released Parties during the Class Period.
(7) Transocean and individuals who were employees of Transocean during the Class Period.

As part of the settlement process, an “Allocation Special Master” will be appointed. They will determine what portion will go to each class. The court will also develop a Distribution Model to determine the best way to distribute funds. We will provide further information as we receive it. For more information regarding the status of your existing claim or to file a new claim, please complete the form on the left hand side so that we can begin setting your claim up soon. We have been processing claims since the beginning of the disaster, and we are committed to seeing our claimants through to the end; ensuring those affected receive the compensation they deserve.

Feel free to contact us if you are unsure of your status or have any questions at 1-800-272-5246.
All claimants can check their status at any time on-line. It is not necessary to go through endless hold times or automated systems; you simply need your claimant ID and Social Security Number (or EIN number). Your attorney or Deepwater Horizon can provide you with that.
-Our clients can call us directly (941-343-8700) or (1-800-BPClaim)
-All other claimants can call DWH at 866-922-6174 to get your claimant ID or to check status
-Once you have your claimant ID #, go to deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com and follow instructions for “check my status”. You will need the last four digits of your EIN number or SS number (depending on what number you are filing with).

We feel it is important that claimants stay informed. Many claimants are frustrated with the amount of paperwork required and for the length of time the claims process takes.

BP has been rallying to gain support to gain a hearing with the Supreme Court in an effort to reduce their obligation to the Gulf Coast. They have supporters you would not expect: A Chamber of Commerce, a Watch Group out of Washington, even Ken Feinberg supported briefs that were written to dissuade the courts from hearing this case.

feinberg2Mr. Feinberg was the former head of the GCCF. As most of us remember, the GCCF was such an abomination and hurt so many, which is why the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement was written in the first place.

The GCCF failed; Feinberg hired cronies who didn’t even know how to process claims! There were briefs written (and supported by these same individuals against the settlement) adding insult to injury for all victims of the spill; those who lost their jobs, homes, and businesses.

We at BPClaims.org continue to go to bat for all claimants. We will not stop until justice is served.

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 How to check the Status of your BP Claims

If you need help, and your BP Claim has already been filed

there are members of our Network that will take on your claim

for as little as 10% .

If you need help, members of our network are here to help you with your specific needs. If you are dealing with various notices, or just want the backing of a proven firm with a strong track record processing claims, they are here too.

Different members of our Network have certain specialties, as one may deal with a larger multi facility claim, and another may be experts in construction claims, and so on.

Please fill out the form to the right or call 1-800-272-5246.

Get the money you deserve, file your BP claim today

bp claimsSince the recent court rulings, we are now seeing BP claims paying again. About a month after the decision made by the Fifth Circuit Court ordering BP to resume payments, we began to see a regular flow in the way of notices and some payments.

Keep in mind, all claims that were not paid prior to the halt in payments that was ordered in late 2013 have to be recalculated to determine if they are going to be subject to Policy 495 (which involves matching and smoothing financial statements to avoid showing an overstated loss).

If the company has financial statements showing a revenue trend making it subject to 495, the claim will be recalculated according to the new Policy.

This means that an earlier estimate you received may change, and you may have to wait a little longer to receive your claim.

 We are now seeing Zone A businesses and individual claims paying at this time.

It appears the focus is on claims from the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2013.

We have also been told that medical claims are now paying out, but only the smaller ones, claims of around $1,300.00.

 One of the huge problems we are starting to see is that people may have a claim filed, but they have not heard anything from the claims office or attorney they filed with.

While it is not unusual for a claim to take a couple of years to pay out, not hearing ANYTHING may indicate a problem.

We have discovered that some of the firms have abandoned their clients, and many of those claims have been denied. Some of these clients were never notified.

Don’t worry, it is fixable.

1-800-BPCLAIM is still filing claims, since there is not an official effective date, there is not an official deadline. After the effective date is set, claims can still be filed for six months past the effective date.

Here are some of the problems we have been seeing with clients from other firms:
–        Claimants have incomplete notices that have not been cured
–        Claims have been denied without the claimant’s knowledge
–        Many claimants discover they have to start over in the claims process

WE CAN HELP. If there is a problem with your claim, it is possible for you to take control of your claim and take a course of action that will enable you to collect the money you are entitled to.

How To Check The Status of Your Claim

You can quickly discover the status of your claim by going to www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com, then go to check my status. You will need you claimant ID and the last four digits of your business or social security number.

You should be able to check your status on-line, or you can call 866-992-6174 to reach Deepwater Horizon directly.

If you find your claim has been dropped due to processor error, call us. We can help. We have never stopped filing and we will continue to file claims until the last BP Claim is filed.

Call Us at 1-800-BP-CLAIMS (1-800-272-5246)

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Polar Opposites: David Duval compared with Judge Edith Clement

Polar Opposites: David Duval compared with Judge Edith Clement

BP SettlementThis morning I saw the second Freeh Report, which basically highlighted David Duval`s departure from the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.

It seems to me that the only chink in Mr. Duval’s armor was an email that he sent to his cousin regarding a panelists comments. Neither Mr. Duval or his cousin had any sort of monetary gain at stake from sending it, or reading it.

As the report noted, Mr. Duval was forthright immediately. As I understand it, he actually told the DWHS Leadership, and I will repeat this again, he had no financial gain whatsoever in sending this email to his cousin who is also an attorney.

He immediately resigned, as sending the email was contrary to an agreement that he had with the leadership of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement regarding confidentiality, and he wanted to avoid any hint of impropriety.

Now lets Compare Judge Clement’s Actions to David Duval’s

Let’s compare what happened to David Duval and how he dealt with it, versus what is going on with Judge Clement and her relationships with Big Oil.

Clement will not Leave the FREE organization (Foundation for the Environment and Economics)

Another opinion on F.R.E.E.

This is sourcewatch.org’s view of the FREE Organization –

Based out of Bozeman, Montana, FREE is a prime engine for free market environmentalism in the area of education.

The chairman, John Baden (a past member of the National Petroleum Council), preaches reliance on market mechanisms and private property rights, rather than on environmental law, for protection of the environment. Baden stresses decentralization – a shift of control from what he calls “Green platonic despots in D.C.” to “local interests.”

In reference to the agenda of FREE, Baden has written that it’s, “the norm among progressive, intellectually honest and successful environmentalists.”

One of the newest FREE plans is the “Charter Forest” project, in which national forests would no longer operate under the “multiple use” standard. Instead, each forest would be managed by whomever could make the greatest profit from it.

FREE has been offering all expense-paid trips to seminars for federal judges.

These seminars which feature such topics as “The Environment: A CEO’s Perspective” are usually held at private ranches or resorts in Montana with a plethora of amenities for the judges to enjoy. In the late 90’s, FREE bragged that nearly 1/3 of the federal judiciary had either attended or was seeking to attend one of their seminars.

The Koch Brother Support FREE:

This is from GREENPEACE

Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group is the

Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE)

GreenPeace reported that  FREE received $430,000 from Koch foundations 2005-2011 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2011: $1,525,000].
Peter Geddes, Executive Vice President of FREE, has advocated against taking action on climate change because warming is “inevitable” and expensive to address. In addition, FREE sponsors seminars for federal judges that have been criticized for creating judicial conflicts of interest.

It gets BETTER – guess who The Koch brothers do Business with, BP of course.

The Koch Brothers even pollute the environment with BP, just ask the residents on the East Side of Chicago. This was recently documented by the Huffington Post. Here is the article.

So Judge Clement who is a board member of FREE, who takes large donations from the Koch Brothers, who work with BP, and both pollute the environment.

It is Very Very Clear that Judge Clement has a conflict of interest here, she should not be in any way associated with BP. Yet the Companies who fund her organization work closely with BP.

For further clarification of the Junkets for Judges program and Judge Clements TAINTED relationship with FREE click here.

This is from their website

FREE’s mission is to imagine and implement an economic way of thinking that is consistent with a society of free and responsible individuals

In essence they are for deregulation of the Energy and Oil Industrial sector, but they do have a few noble endeavors towards helping wildlife, but don`t let that fool you. This is an organization with a lot of influence that works for Big Oil and their interests.

It is funded by Exxon/Mobil, the Koch Brothers,Texaco, Exxon, General Electric,  Monsanto, and Shell. They are the major players in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Judge Clement has a relationship with an organization which she has been asked to step down from by Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United Stated District Court  other judges have stepped down from FREE, so that there would not be a conflict of interest. Judge Clement still participates in FREE  as a board member

Judge Clement appears to have a long-standing relationship with Big Oil she was appointed to  the bench by George W. Bush and we all know he loved big oil. Bush signed the most sweeping bill to deregulate oil in 2005. Judge Clement was assigned to the 5th Circuit in 2001. Do you think that George Bush had an agenda to advance Big Oils interests, YOU BET HE DID.

If you look at Judge Clement’s stock portfolio you will notice that many of her mutual funds have energy stocks within them, she had interest in BP stock until 2009 or so.

If you compare David Duval`s actions and voluntarily resigning, versus Judge Clement’s refusal to recuse herself after a relationship with FREE. They are polar opposite in terms of integrity.

It is clear that Mr Duval has taken the high road while Judge Clement stands firm with Big Oil, and this has negatively impacted the BP Claims Settlement, either by her own ideology which is why Bush appointed her, or because of her relationship with Big Oil or a combination there of.

It is very clear what her next move should be, and it is not hearing the next appeal, but to step down from FREE, and correct any public perception of impropriety .

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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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The BP Settlement is Back ON

BP Settlement BP Settlement Resumes

I am pleased to tell everyone that the  BP SETTLEMENT  will resume. When? We really don`t know, but we are a whole lot closer. The 5th circuit judges as a majority, ruled in favor of Judge Barbier`s previous decisions. I speak for many when I tell you how pleased we all are.

We Thank The 5TH Circuit for actually “Making it Right” and for Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for having it RIGHT the whole time. We further appreciate Judge Barbier and Patrick Juneau for sticking to their guns, and holding BP accountable.

The Fifth Circuit Judges “Made it Right” by lifting the stay for Business Economic Losses or BEL`s imposed by a previous 5TH Circuit Panel.

BP was in a no lose position

Either BP could  stall the settlement,  or get it thrown out, they stalled. As BP stalled the settlement for the last several months, you need to wonder how much money BP accrued through its holdings during that time. How much money did BP save during this period, and how much did BP make with the money they should have been paying oil spill claims with.

Barbier and Juneau had it Right from the Start

Juneau and Judge Barbier  had it right from the beginning. BP had made an agreement that showed causation through the V test and other models and they were bound by the terms of that agreement.

In reality all this is was, was another stall tactic by BP.

There is no doubt that we’ve seen this before during the GCCF days and the BP settlement era. What it comes down to is, it just takes more time for people to get paid, and some people with VALID BP Claims will just let their claims go, and let BP off the hook, , they wore them down, don`t let them.

Some BP Claims /CPA`s /Processors/Attorneys/have Quit handling BP Claims

As part of the collateral damage many groups just could not afford to process BP claims anymore, or just elected not to. It is difficult to justify a continual expenditure on BP claims that just don`t seem to get paid. By BP continually stalling it, put many groups in a tough financial position.

Other issues are that many CPA groups, specifically the smaller ones are not staffed to handle BP claims and the regular accounting load. and these guys are now heading into tax season.

If you are a a group or firm that needs help with it`s BP Claims Case load call 1-800-BP-CLAIM. We have other processors and attorney`s that would be happy to work something out with you.
The  BP claims processes was meant to to get people paid. Plain and simple, not get blocked by BP every step of the way.
BP`s strategy revealed  they would use of the Delay, Deny and Defend strategy.  This is the standard strategy by unscrupulous insurance companies and BP.

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BP Claims: Get Compensated!

If you have been affected by the 2010 oil spill, then you may qualify for compensation from BP claims.

BP Claims Oil SpillMillions of people have been hurt by the oil spill, and the effects are being felt to this day. The effects of the oil spill are still evident in the surrounding environment and the impact it has on the lifestyles of the people living around the gulf.

People have been affected directly or indirectly. While some have lost their wages, other people continue to watch their habitat waste away. Birds and sea life were not spared either when the explosion of an oil rig in the deep sea occurred.

BP Claims: History of the Oil Spill and Resulting BP Claims

The explosion took place about fifty miles of the shore of Louisiana. The deep water horizon oil spill is the worst spill to ever occur after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill that took place in 1989. 2010 saw the worst oil spill to ever occur in the history of the U.S.

Eleven of the oil rig workers were killed in the explosion. Later, BP was found guilty of manslaughter in court and fined heavily amongst other counts mentioned in the case.

After the oil leaked into the ocean, it did not take long for it to reach the shores. The fragile marshland near the mouth of the Mississippi river was heavily covered by oil a few weeks after the spill. Soon after, the entire Gulf felt the effects of the oil spill. Dead animals of the sea and the birds were washed ashore. Some animals and birds were alive but covered in oil. The damage to the environment and marine life was extensive.

All fishing activity within a certain radius came to a halt. There was no way anyone could fish in such murky and grossly polluted waters. It did not take long for the environmental management body to put a restriction on fishing and soon after, extend it due to the magnitude of the oil spill before it was contained temporarily.

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BP Claims Timeline

bp settlementIn such cases where people’s lives are affected, there never lacks a legal battle. It did not take long for people to take action against BP for the damage caused to their property and livelihood. This is the foundation for BP claims.

The BP claims still trickle in and are compensated if they are found to be legitimate. We encourage you to find out if you are eligible to receive a settlement if you have been affected by the 2010 oil spill. Launching a BP claim will get you adequate financial compensation that can help you cope with the after effects of the 2010 oil spill.

BP Claims: Reported Side effects of the BP Oil Spill

Among the effects on the residents and cleanup workers of the gulf, is an outbreak of skin rashes caused by the excessive use of oil dispersant. While the bacteria might have been useful in the oil clean up exercise following the massive spill, the residents of the surrounding region were affected and had to seek medical intervention.

The oil spill also exposed the residents to carcinogenic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which cause cancer. The use of Corexit as an oil dispersant increased this exposure to carcinogens by 40 times.

In 2012, a survey done on the health effects of the oil spill on cleanup workers showed that respiratory problems, ENT problems and other serious effects were identified. More serious effects include:

· Vomiting episodes

· Skin irritation

· Burning and lesions

· Confusion

· Short term memory loss

· Kidney and Liver damage

· Nervous system damage

· Central nervous system damage

· Hypertension

· Miscarriages

These are the known effects of exposure to environments contaminated with oil residue.

If you have experienced any of these effects, do not hesitate to contact us for help. You may be eligible to file BP claims that may earn you compensation.

How Filing BP Claims will help you.

By having your BP claims processed through our network, you are taking charge of your future. Some effects of the exposure to oil may manifest in the future generation and it is important to leave a stable financial ground for expected effects from this exposure.

If you are already experiencing medical issues from being affected by the spill, the compensation will go a long way in helping to offset medical bills and take care of any future medical expenses.

If your property or livelihood was curtailed by the spill, you need help to support your family before you can get back on your feet. If your livelihood has been completely disrupted, you may get enough compensation to get you through the rough patch and sustain your family in the process.

It is BP’s fault for neglecting its rig and failing to provide adequate safety measures in its operations. The company is owning up to their mistake by securing a settlement fund for all affected parties. Do not fail to claim your share.

Attorneys for your BP Claims

Our network specializes in handling cases that involve personal injury. If your property was affected by the oil spill, then you may qualify for compensation in the BP claims. If you are also experiencing a change in health due to the exposure to the chemicals associated with the oil spill, do not fail to file BP claims with us. We will help you get your health back on track through the compensation you receive to cover medical care, now and in the future.

BP claims are meant to earn you compensation for your troubles. Do not suffer in silence. We will process any eligible BP claims for you. Our consultations are free. BP claims have earned many victims of the spill compensation. You may qualify too.

If you feel that you qualify for any BP claims, do not hesitate to contact us. Simply call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete our online form and we will contact you within 24 hours. We work with attorneys who can get you maximum compensation for your BP claims.

BP Claims News: BP and Brown Greer Slow Down the Process

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.

Find out if you Qualify for the BP Settlement

If would you like to find out if you qualify to file a claim, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free claim evaluation. The deadline to file all claims is vastly approaching. Call us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete the form on this page, and we will contact you within 24 hours.

 

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BP Medical Settlement Update

BP Medical Settlement Update

bp medical settlement  Immediately after the oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, efforts were made by BP to begin the cleanup process along beaches and shorelines. A sea-floor oil gusher continued to spew crude oil into the Gulf for 87 days until the leak was capped. In total, 210 million gallons of oil were dumped into the ocean due to BP’s negligence.

90,000 workers and over 7,000 vessels were assembled throughout the Gulf regions to begin containing, dispersing and removing the remaining oil and tar deposits in the summer of 2010.

The clean-up efforts utilized 1.84 million gallons of the dispersant COREXIT, which acted to emulsify oil deposits that would normally rise to the surface, leaving them suspended in the water and on the ocean floor. Many of those working on the spill did so without gloves, masks or any form of protection from the hazardous substances to which they were exposed.

A study performed in 2012 by the Georgia Institute of Technology later revealed that when COREXIT mixes with oil, it becomes 52-times more toxic.

COREXIT is banned in several European countries because it does not pass their laboratory toxicity tests and they feel it is unsafe for human exposure. The composition of COREXIT contains hazardous chemicals which are known carcinogens. If exposed, other chemicals which compose the dispersant can cause damage to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver. Internal bleeding, blindness, and the buildup of chemicals in the flesh have also been witnessed. Some severe cases of exposure have led to death and many other debilitating conditions.

After only 3 years out from the spill, the long-term effects of exposure to crude oil and other dangerous dispersants are yet to be seen. To assist those who were exposed and became ill, BP created the BP Medical Settlement.

Current Status of the BP Medical Settlement

On January 11th 2013, the United States District Court in New Orleans granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement. However, because two appeals were made to the settlement in February, no claims are being reviewed or paid out. In July, one of the appeals was dropped, but one is still being contested. Until this appeal is resolved affected individuals will not receive any financial or medical help from BP.  The only move that has been made thus far is the Gulf Study, a research program sponsored by the US Government and BP to monitor the environment and individual health of those that were exposed to the oil and chemicals.

Why aren`t BP Medical Claims getting Paid

The remaining appeal was filed by Darrell Palmer, an Attorney from California with four clients out of Florida who suffered from exposure to the harsh chemicals. The Plaintiffs Steering Committee asked that a $50,000 bond be placed on Palmer which he would be forced to pay to continue the appeal. The judge placed that bond and Lawyer Theodore Frank paid it for Palmer and will continue the appeal in his place.

If the appeal is lifted, the BP Medical Settlement will have to start reviewing claims and paying the affected individuals. Some claimants can expect to receive up to $60,700 for damages they suffered. The conditions of the settlement would also allow them the right to litigate at a later date should any further spill-related medical conditions arise. Unfortunately at the moment though, all of this is at a standstill until the appeal on the settlement has been lifted.

People have become very sick from exposure to these carcinogenic chemicals, yet medical claims are not being paid. Many are out of work because of conditions imposed upon them by their past as a cleanup worker. Although the economy was highly affected by the spill, it seems as if people’s health is much more important than compensating a business for lost revenue.

From day one, we have been in this to help people.

W.C. Bohack the principal of BPClaims.org was on the water off Grand Isle in mid June 2010, to see firsthand what exactly was going on, he has often mentioned you could taste the Corexit in the air, and wandered what the after effects would be. We are seeing a continued rise in certain cancers and other respiratory and skin issues, many of them, chronic. These are issues that we will be dealing with for many years to come. Including the cleanup workers and those that resided in affected zones, over 200,000 may be eligible to receive medical benefits through the BP Medical Settlement.

We have been assisting people that were injured by the use of Corexit since the very beginning, we have been in touch with some of the best personal injury attorneys in the country who will fight to get you justice. They are actually having people go to doctors, to be tested and they are paying for it. Do not hesitate to call. If have been experiencing any health changes since the spill that you feel may be related, contact us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM or fill out our form.

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BP Settlement News – BP Claim Update

BP ClaimBP Claim Update – BP ordered to fund the settlement for the third quarter

 

While BP is yet again trying to stall payment to claims filed through the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement, a federal magistrate ordered them to pay $130 million dollars in fees to the claims administrator.

 

The judge ruled that BP must cough up the amount that was previously agreed upon as a part of the third-quarter budget. The settlement supervisor, Judge Carl Barbier, upheld this ruling after it was appealed by BP, even though the judge felt that BP had raised valid concerns in reference to fraudulent claims.

 

While the judges were aware of the ongoing concerns, they discerned that it was not plausible to cut off funding to the program with such short notice. Claims Administrator, Patrick Juneau believes the settlement would be in jeopardy of closing if it could not cover its expenses.

 

BP has asked for a stay on BP Claim payouts until the investigation taking place at the settlement program has ended. Louis Freeh, former FBI director, is looking into accusations of foul play by an attorney and other staff members that have been brought into question. Lionel H. Sutton III resigned in June because of allegations that before coming to work for the settlement he had referred several potential BP Claims to attorneys and was getting a cut of the proceeds. There were other allegations that a representative from a claimant assistance center in Alabama was helping claimants submit fraudulent claims for a portion of the proceeds.

 

The federal judge has not yet made a decision about the payment stall on BP Claims.

 

At BPClaims.org we believe in the integrity of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement. We believe that this institution is there to help the people. The claims process may be a slow process, but there are very strict guidelines that must be followed. A few bad apples would be found in virtually any organization that is inspected thoroughly.  That does not make the settlement as a whole corrupt. We know that Carl Barbier and Pat Juneau are fighting for the people of the Gulf, and that they will continue to.

 

In the meantime, let the BP Claim payments continue to roll out.

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