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When will BP Stop Trying to delay the BP Settlement?
BP is at it again. After twice asking for a halt on all payments until the internal investigation within the BP settlement has concluded, Judge Barbier has ordered the BP Claims Administrator to respond to BP’s most recent request by August 26,2013.
If BP’s request is granted, payments to all claimants will be halted indefinitely. This is just what BP is hoping for.
Dirty Deeds Being done in the BP Settlement
We believe that certain Attorneys are trying to put an end to the settlement so they have the ability to litigate in court and charge 30-40% fees to claimants. In reality all the claimants want is a fair BP settlement and justice for their families and communities. Some attorneys on the other hand want as much of a cut they can get.
We also believe BP is trying to end the settlement, even though they are the ones that set it up with terms and guidelines to which they had previously agreed. BP has now seen that their initial projections of the actual dollar amount to be contributed to the BP settlement on their behalf were probably far too low. They are paying out more than they ever expected to, and they are not happy.
Are BP and certain attorneys working together to dissolve the settlement? We don’t know, but it does seem that they have a common interest; MONEY.
by: W.C. Bohack
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.
By: W.C. Bohack
Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence
This is the third company that has pled guilty to the conditions surrounding the oil spill. Halliburton is the world’s second-largest oil field services company, and will be required to pay a maximum $200,000 fine in relation to this misdemeanor. (Roughly four minutes worth of revenue for the company)
Halliburton voluntarily paid out $55 million dollars to the National Fish and Wildlife Fund to try and gain some clout with the public and clear their name. However, seeing that this is a non-profit organization, it will likely result in a tax write off for the company.
Following the rupture of the Macondo oil well, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history and left 11 dead. The ripple effects of the spill destroyed and devastated the environment and the economy of the Gulf Coast.
The allegations in the case were that during the creation of the Macondo well, Halliburton recommended to BP that it contain 21 centralizers. Centralizers are metal collars that can improve cementing, thus making the well more secure. However, BP chose to use just 6 centralizers. After the blowout, the government probed into the cementing of the well and this is when Halliburton ordered computer simulations showing little difference in using 6 centralizers and 21 centralizers to be destroyed. Government efforts to later locate these simulations were unsuccessful.
The Department of Justice still may pursue criminal charges against individuals involved in destroying evidence, but a spokeswoman for the company does not believe that will be the case.
It is surprising the government would accept a plea for such a minor charge, given the oil spill was one of the worst in history. This ruling is in stark contrast to the Enron market manipulation a decade ago, where destruction of evidence led to multiple felonies including obstruction of justice.
Yet again, more evidence of the US government taking it easy on big corporations. Maybe not so surprising as former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was responsible for obtaining multiple contracts for the company while holding federal government positions. How can this ruling be impartial? It seems those who are a part of the law sure know how to get around it.
By Author: Brittany Rader
How can you receive the BP Settlement you deserve?
Not only did the April 2010 BP oil spill cause extreme damage and devastation to the environment, it also had a ripple effect throughout the entire economy of the Gulf Coast of the United States. Businesses and Individuals in the affected areas saw a decline in revenue and earnings following the incident as a direct result of the lack of tourism, rising prices of seafood, and many other factors. The first response for economic reimbursement was the GCCF, later replaced by the BP Settlement which now oversees all claims.
How do I know if I qualify to file a BP claim?
To be eligible to file a valid BP Settlement claim, a business or an individual’s business address must fall within one of the specified BP Economic Loss Zones. The claimant must also make sure that the nature of their business is not included on the list of ineligible entities. At this point, financial documentation will need to be provided to prove the loss.
BP Settlement Individual Claims
Individual claimants will need to provide tax documents and pay period earning statements from at least 2009-2011 to show that their hours or wages were reduced as a direct result of the spill. Most individuals also will need to establish an eligible employer by having an authorized business representative submit a sworn statement that the employee’s financial losses were directly related to the spill.
The amount of compensation an individual can expect to receive is directly correlated to the amount of money they lost in the compensation period as compared to the benchmark period. Therefore, every payout will vary on a claim to claim basis.
BP Settlement Business Claims
Businesses outside of Zone A must prove their damages by passing a causation test. The causation test is an algorithmic calculation which uses financial figures from a business’s monthly profit and loss statements to determine the eligibility of the claim. This test uses the provided figures to try to find a certain percentage of decline in revenue in the months following the spill in 2010, as compared to those same months in 2009. The financials should also show a certain percentage of uptake in those same months in 2011. The percentage of decline in 2010 and incline in 2011 that are needed to pass the “V-trend test” will vary based upon which geographical zone the businesses address falls within.
The amount of compensation a business can expect to receive is based upon which zone the business is located in, the nature of the business as evidenced by the NACIS code, and the amount of loss in the compensation period. Once again, the amount of compensation will vary on a claim by claim basis, as many factors come into play for business claims.
Is there a quick way to find out my eligibility?
For a BP Settlement business claim, we can run the basic financials through our preliminary calculator and quickly determine if the claim passes causation or if it does not. For a preliminary calculation we would need:
The business address
Monthly Gross Revenue for Jan 2007-Dec 2011
If the business passes causation we would then need further documentation to calculate the businesses estimated compensation amount and to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
Do I Need to Hire a Professional?
It is not completely necessary to hire a professional. Many people file claims on their own without representation. However, there are many reasons why you might choose to seek guidance on this matter. We hear from business and individual claimants every day who have filed claims on their own and are being delayed with multiple incompleteness notices and are frustrated and fed-up.
The Court-Supervised 1,300 page BP Settlement is an extremely detailed and convoluted document which can be overwhelming and disheartening to those who have no prior experience with the legal components that professionals are equipped to handle.
What Services do we offer?
Our team of experts helps you gather and prepare the needed documents for review. The claim is then assessed for eligibility, completeness and validity. Business claims are calculated either by a CPA or under the direct supervision of a CPA to ensure accuracy of the expected compensation figure. At this time the complete claim will be filed.
Once the claim is filed to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, should there be any discrepancies regarding paperwork or financials, we work with the client to handle all incompleteness notices, requests for reconsideration, re-reviews, appeals, and denial notices. Clients may always feel free to contact us regarding the status of their claim, and know that we notify them immediately when we have any deadlines pending.
How do I begin the process of filing my claim?
There is only a short time remaining to file all claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, the deadline being April 22, 2014. Call us today for a free claim assessment. If you have your preliminary documents in order, we may be able to quickly run a calculation to determine your eligibility. Call 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete the BP Settlement form on the right and someone contact you shortly thereafter.
Author: W.C. Bohack
The Court-Supervised Deepwater Horizon Settlement was set forth to compensate businesses and individuals that were financially harmed by the oil spill explosion caused by BP in April of 2010. BP has estimated the costs related to compensating claims to be 7.8 billion dollars; however, there is no cap on the total amount that will be paid out. The total amount of compensation will depend upon the number of qualifying claims that receive an offer. Therefore, the estimated 100,000 claims being filed may end up receiving less than the 7.8 billion dollars that has been set aside, or more.
Is anyone excluded from filing to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement?
There are certain industries that BP has excluded from the Settlement. Those who owned a business in or worked within any of the industries listed below are ineligible to file claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
- Governmental Organizations
- Real Estate Developers
- Insurance Entities
- Financial Institutions, Funds, Financial Trusts, and other Financial Vehicles
- Oil and Gas Industry Entities
- Entities selling or marketing BP-branded fuel
- Gaming and Casino Entities
- Those who chose to exclude themselves from the Economic Class
- Those that were required to file under the Oil Pollution Act
How can I determine my eligibility to file a claim?
Businesses and Individuals in almost any other industry may be eligible to file a claim providing the physical address of their business or employer from the time of the spill falls within one of the designated “Economic Loss Zones”. These are geographic regions that have been recognized by BP as areas that were either directly or indirectly affected by the spill.
How can I determine my business loss?
After you have determined that your business was located within an Economic Loss Zone, it will be time to take a look at your financials.
All businesses, (except those located in Zone A) will need to prove their damages (causation) by showing a specific percentage of lost revenue, lost variable profit, and loss of potential revenue growth in the selected months of 2010, as compared to the same months in the benchmark period. They will also need to show a specific amount of uptake in those same months in 2011. This revenue pattern is referred to as the V-trend and if the financial documents follow this pattern, the business automatically proves causation.
What documents do I need to provide for a Deepwater Horizon Settlement claim evaluation?
The initial causation test is a complex, formulaic calculation which can quickly determine whether your business qualifies under the settlement, and roughly how much compensation you are eligible to receive. The preliminary test requires the following:
- Business Address
- NAICS code
- Gross Revenue Statements from Jan 2007- Dec 2011 (or a minimum of Jan 2009-Dec 2011)
After this calculation, if it is determined that the claim is valid, additional paperwork will be needed to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.
Why Should I Seek the Help of a Deepwater Horizon Settlement Claims Preparer?
The Court-Supervised Settlement Agreement is a 1,300 page document filled with complexities and intricacies that can be confusing and frustrating to those with no experience in this field.
Our team of experts prepares and files claims that have been checked for accuracy and validity. We help the client prepare all necessary documents and ensure the claim is complete before it is filed.
Our financial calculations are preformed either by a CPA, or under the direct supervision of a CPA, to ensure we come as close to the actual compensation amount as possible.
Should there be any discrepancies from the settlement once the claim has been filed, we handle all incompleteness notices, appeals, re-reviews, reconsiderations, or denials in a timely manner.
We fight for our clients and push the claim as far as it can possibly go within the Deepwater Horizon settlement. If the claim cannot proceed any further, and the claimant does not receive a settlement, they owe us nothing.
Time is Limited – Act Now!
If you have your paperwork ready, we can quickly calculate whether or not your business qualifies under the guidelines of the settlement. Time is running low; with the deadline to file all claims being April 22, 2014. The more quickly we can gather the documents, evaluate and file the claim, the more quickly it can be reviewed and paid out through the settlement.
If you’ve ever wondered if you qualify to file a BP Claim and you have the preliminary documents at hand, call us today or fill out the form on this page to speak to claims representative immediately. Help is just a phone call away.
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It seems rather ironic that on July 8th, shortly after our Country`s Celebration of Independence, BP will continue it’s pursuit to exclude certain groups from the BP Settlement, it`s not enough they poisoned our waters, left many with out work, and left many seriously ill. They continue to turn a blind eye to the trickle down affect of our local economies.
BP is asking for a one sided ruling from the Fifth Circuit. It should not be granted.
It is Amazing how BP is arguing against compensating claims based on the Settlement Agreement they set up, because they feel it unfairly treats some claimants due to mathematical anomalies in the claims formula.
What you don’t hear them stating is, if their position is granted, they should reopen the causation testing process and claims process to all of the Gulf Coast businesses in Zone C and D that were turned away from compensation due to unfortunate timing of revenues that resulted in BP’s favor and denied those claimants compensation. The Customer Mix Test was a vicious trap that has left many claimants without a dime.
What you don’t hear them stating is if their position is granted, we may have to recalculate all claims processed to date and claimants may actually have to pay back monies under the new method of calculation.
If the Court decides to grant BP`s request, there needs to be balance, and that means all of the people that took Quick Pays should be able to come back to the table, and the Customer Mix Test needs to modified, or done a way with.
While Feinberg was declaring himself independent, and after starving out so many, he unleashed perhaps the most heinous aspect of this whole quagmire. People were forced to take Quick Pays, the keyword here is forced, and that is something that Louis Freeh should be looking into.
The BP Settlement Has One Bad Apple
Louis Freeh the former Director of the FBI has been asked to look into some misconduct by an Attorney working for the Fund for doing some favors for a Law Firm in New Orleans. The fund was alerted of this some time ago, and David Welker, the Head of Security for the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fund took immediate action. Much of the Attorneys actions occurred before he went to work for the fund in November 2012.
It just seems that for this news to break, at this particular time, with the July 8th date looming, it all seems very orchestrated. Couple that with BP`s new ad Blitz, come on now, eyes wide open guys.
BP Settlement Investigation
Since Judge Barbier has granted Mr. Freeh to go “fact-finding as to any other possible ethical violations or other misconduct” within the settlement program, I beg of him to look at the Quick Pay Scam, without doubt it was the Most Egregious Betrayal of the Public Trust. There would not have been a Deepwater Horizon Settlement had the GCCF been managed correctly, and Feinberg actually kept his promises, and that Mr. Freeh, is something We the People of the Gulf, really need you to sort out
Mr. Freeh, you are a welcome addition to this ever evolving situation, but I truly think you will find more dirt turning over the stones of the GCCF, then you ever will for The DeepWater Horizon Settlement.You will find layers upon layers of deceit, cloaked as incompetence, all meant to thwart people getting paid what they truly deserved.
It`s really this simple, the GCCF was run by Feinberg (paid by BP) and he hired Brown Greer. The Leadership of the Settlement Fund eventually had to create workarounds as BG were up to the same old tricks , stalling claims, hence Postlethwaite & Netterville comes into play ( hired by the Leadership of the Fund), and are doing a fantastic job.
The GCCF used a tried and true tactic of Delay, Deny, and Defend, that Mr. Freeh should definitely be on your agenda.
The BP Settlement is run by Judge Barbier and Pat Juneau, not BP, Americans who just want implement a Settlement that BP agreed to, and now wants to renege on.
For far too long British Petroleum was in charge, as they victimized the people of the Gulf.
Now as The BP Settlement finally gains traction, they are struggling to be in charge once again, didn`t we have to deal with this over 200 years ago.
If you need Help with your BP Settlement, we will Help You.
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
- 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.
There is a new disclaimer that has appeared on the DeepWater Horizon Website
In layman’s terms this disclaimer states that the deadline to file all Seafood Compensation claims was January 22, 2013 BUT that if you have a Seafood Compensation claim that has not yet been submitted that you may still file it at this time and it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. There are no guarantees any of these claims will be accepted but claimants will be notified on the outcome of the timeliness review.
We have spoken to Attorneys and other Processors about this and most will NOT be taking these claims on, because of the fact that there are no guarantees they will be accepted by the BP Settlement Fund.
We have spoken to our Network partners and WE WILL BE accepting these claims. Why? Because we feel they deserve every opportunity to get paid. As someone affected by this tragic event very directly, we want to stress that you are the top priority and we will try to help you regardless of the outcome.
If you did not meet the initial deadline, or you know someone who has a claim, but missed the deadline, please forward this to them.
We can Also Assist you with the Following BP Claims:
- Business Economic Loss Claims
- Medical Claims
- Claims that need to be Updated from the GCCF
- Claims that have been Appealed
- Claims that need to be Appealed
- Property Damage Claims
- Individual Claims
- Failed Business Claims
- Claims that are Stalled or have Incomplete Notices from the DeeepWater Horizon Settlement
- Claims that have been Denied from the BP Settlement or the GCCF
Menhaden Fishing Significantly Down
Key figures in the Menhaden Fishing Industry have stated that the fishery is suffering. According to very credible reports given to us at BPClaims.org, the fishery is running around 20%-40% of what it was before the Gulf Oil Spill. This is eerily reminiscent of what happened to the Herring after the Valdez Spill. The fishery seemed stable for 3 years after that spill, and then collapsed. The sad fact is this environmental aftermath is still unfolding. The oil sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico may continue to cause unforeseen problems for years to come.
DeepWater Horizon Settlement Issues
A vast amount of claimants who contact us do so because they continue to receive incompleteness notices on their case. There are many reasons for these. Deepwater Horizon many times may ask for documentation that you have already submitted. We are not hearing this just from unrepresented individuals and businesses, but also from Attorneys, Processors, and CPA Firms. Professionals in this Industry are unhappy, and making it known to the leadership of the BP Settlement and their liaisons. We sa this in the beginning of the BP Settlement, but have not seen this for some time.
Quite often instead of receiving an incompleteness notice, we receive a phone call from Postlethwaite & Netterville, this is the accounting group that the Deepwater Horizon Leadership has brought in, and they have done an excellent job. We have not had any issues with Postlethwaite & Netterville, when it comes to being asked for documentation that was already submitted. As I understand it from the people I have talked to, Brown Greer was in charge of those particular claims.
Let’s all remember that Ken Feinberg is the one who hired Brown Greer. Who hired Ken Feinberg? By now we know he was not Independent as he originally advertised; he was bought and paid for by BP. Before anyone could tell what the full extent of damage from the spill would be, Feinberg initially promised to begin compensating the affected with Interim Payments. Instead, he offered Quick Pays and many people had no choice but to take a small amount of money and waive their right to sue BP in the future. Many had lost everything they had and were desperate to put food on the table for their families. Over 200,000 Individuals and Businesses took Quick Pays and many of those were given much less than what they should have rightfully received.
For the record, The Claims Administrator inherited Brown Greer. As I understand it, and I could be wrong, their continued involvement was part of the Settlement Agreement, and BP wanted them in play.
To the leadership’s credit, they foresaw issues from the beginning of the Settlement process and got the accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville involved. We deal with P&N quite often when processing your claims and have found them to be most helpful.
GCCF Claims Need to be Updated
Think about this, just under a Million Claims were at the GCCF when they transitioned over to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. We were told that the information from the GCCF would go right over to the NEW and Improved BP Settlement. It did, but what many people don’t understand is that they still need to update that information to meet the terms of the Settlement. This has been seriously frustrating to many of you who think your claim is still Live at the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. In fact, it is not. Your claim will need to be updated to meet the guidelines of Deepwater Horizon Settlement. The only advantage is that much of your documentation is digitally available, which may make it easier to prepare the claim.
BP`s 5th Circuit Appeal
BP is rumored to have asked Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene on their behalf, and I am sure they have, even though they deny it. Most Attorneys that I speak to don’t think there will be ANY changes when this case gets to the 5th Circuit, but my gut tells me otherwise. In looking at past decisions of the 5th Circuit, they have no problem reversing decisions from the lower courts. If you read the writing on the wall, BP is posturing that this settlement could mean the end of them, and they are appealing to the U.K. leadership to ensure that does not happen. If only they spent this much time and energy harboring a corporate culture that did not put money before safety. It has been proven multiple times they do not. BP has a history of putting money before safety.
If BP gets their way in the 5th Circuit, and eliminates multiple categories within the construction, agriculture, marketing/advertising, and professional fields, these industries will become excluded. They will have in essence, rewritten the BP Settlement. If that is to be the case, may I suggest that since the settlement is being rewritten; let’s allow ALL of the people that took Quick Pays to come back into play. If BP truly wants to make things right, as they are stating in their commercials, let’s bring back the Quick Pays and allow them to be reconsidered since they were preyed upon by Feinberg anyway.
Besides the explosion and the environmental catastrophe that followed, Quick Pays are perhaps the most devastating aspect of this event. Good people, mostly those that made their living for generations from the Gulf were the hardest hit. Many had little education and had no idea what they were signing. Feinberg came out with the program around Christmas 2010, but it would not hit high gear until April 2011, one year after the spill.
By that time homes were in foreclosure, boats were being repossessed, and people were desperate for money. The 5k or 25k payments were nothing short of extortion. If BP is going to have the ability to rewrite the settlement, let’s bring Quick Pays back to the table as well. If they’re going to take away, they should give something back in return. Since BP is now stating that the groups that they are trying to exclude were not injured by the Gulf Oil Spill, let’s make sure they help the people that were, and truly make things right, just like their commercials say.
We have the BEST PROCESSORS in the country working on your claims. We handle many of them in house, but also work with several other groups that have an extensive track record of getting claims paid. We handle claims for 15%-25%, there are no hidden fees and we don`t get paid until you do.
Appeals are becoming more and more a part of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. This is what we have seen, if your Appeal is prepared correctly, and you have the information to support the appeal, the DeepWater Horizon Settlement appeals system spearheaded by David Duval will compensate you what you are owed. NAICS codes have a lot of weight in this equation, but often they are incorrect. Often we are finding that the CPA`s a business used to file their taxes used the incorrect code. There are many variables when it comes to the appeals process, if you need assistance we have a team that specializes in appeals.
BP Settlement News
It didn’t happen over night, and there is still work to do, but the BP Settlement is paying. As we stated a year ago, after some meetings with the top brass of the settlement in New Orleans, these people wanted to pay you, and they have started to. What Pat Juneau and David Duval inherited from the Feinberg administration was laden with layers of special interests so it took time to get the needed infrastructure in place.
Changes were needed and some positive ones have been made. The addition of the accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville was one change for the better. There are many more that have been made, some we are aware of and some we may never know.
BP is so upset in fact, that they are trying to rewrite the settlement. They are now appealing to the 5th circuit, using their political weight, to get their way.
Even though BP denies going to leaders in the U.K. to lobby for them with the Obama administration, don’t believe a word they say. BP has finally realized how much they may have to pay, and the numbers are staggering.
BP, from the very beginning has used a delay, deny and defend strategy common with unscrupulous insurance companies. Many got frustrated with the GCCF system and just gave up, and this was BP’s desired result. Many now realize they do qualify under the present system, and are coming back in droves.
The commercials are everywhere, many firms are accelerating marketing efforts to get a piece of the BP Claims pie. Many of these firms will charge you 25% along with multiple other hidden fees. The Judge capped it, but some lawyers have attempted to go around the order, with extra fees. Most firms are just getting into the business, but they have very little experience processing BP Settlement Claims. We hear horror stories from people every day at 1-800-BP-CLAIM. If you are a Law Firm and would like our assistance please email Brittany@BPCLAIMS.org
CPA`s and BP Claims
Many people have decided to let their CPA`s handle their BP Claims. What we are seeing here is that many of them don`t understand the terms of the settlement. The settlement is not just a plug in the numbers apparatus. There are excluded groups, causation tests, and many other factors that come into play. We are currently assisting several major CPA Firms and Law Firms, and are processing their clients BP Claims. We have found partnering with CPA firms has been very beneficial for the client. If you are a CPA Firm, and would like some information please email Sarah@BPClaims.org.
Our BP Claims Network
We have assisted people and businesses since the very beginning of this event. Our first website helped people receive aid from Catholic Charities. We have battled Feinberg and BP, and told people not to take Quickpays. We have helped people that are suffering from serious illness due to the spill, and will continue to.
Combined we have over 2 Billion Dollars worth of Claims in the BP Settlement, and we have over 300 Million dollars worth of paid claims.
If you need assistance, we are happy to assist you, or your business.
The groups within our network have a vast amount of experience and some very deep connections, and we are here to help you.
Our Fees start at 15%, there are no other hidden fees, and we don`t get paid until you do.
We will Help You with your BP Settlement.
BP Settlement and a few new wrinkles: maybe
Just when you think the BP Settlement is what it is, and yes there are a few things wrong with it, a contingent of Plaintiff Attorneys (who have some valid points) and BP want to change things.
It is apparent that Pat Juneau and Judge Barbier are sticking to the letter of the Settlement, but outside forces would like to change all of that, and just might, and that could affect a lot of people – if BP Gets their Way.
At this point BP is actually suing Pat Juneau the Claims Administrator of the BP Settlement – Shame on them, tactics such as these could be construed by some as extortion.
Claim Groups BP is trying to Exclude
Please go to the bottom of the post for the complete list, and it is a long list.
Most notable are Contractors, Farmers, Aquaculture, Media Companies, and Doctors. Lawyers are also on the list.
Why is BP trying to change the BP Settlement – basically because they have started to see the numbers roll in from these groups, and they are staggering. Some have told me that BP is not happy with their Attorneys who created the initial Settlement.
The Reality is, it`s all about money, when it should be, recognizing the trickle down effect this horrific event had on our economy and our ecology.
The Gulf Coast Region was in a recovery from the Housing Disaster when this happened, and the Oil Spill knocked that recovery back 3 years.
Many industries were affected, as the recovery was knocked for a loop by BP. To this day I can not think of one Industry that did not feel the affect.
BP Approves over 8 Billion Dollar Payout – Was it to the Victims of the Oil Spill? No, it was to it`s Shareholders. It is suppose to be paid out in the next 12-18 months, that`s a whole lot faster then it got the money to the Victims of the Oil Spill. This is typical of how BP thinks, putting their own in front of what should be a priority of the majority.
IF a deal is cut between BP and the PSC and approved by the Judge, or if it is approved by the Courts, any of the below Industries could be out of the Settlement, if they have not yet filed with the Deep Water Horizon Settlement. If you have filed with the Settlement, you are grandfathered in so to speak.
My thoughts, and I am not a lawyer, is I would make sure that my BP Settlement Claims got filed ASAP.
The Hearing on “BP’S EMERGENCY MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST THE CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR AND SETTLEMENT PROGRAM TO ENJOIN PAYMENTS AND AWARDS FOR BUSINESS ECONOMIC LOSS CLAIMS BASED ON FICTITIOUS “LOSSES”” is scheduled for April 5th.
We feel time is of the Essence to get Claims in that could be Excluded, into the BP Settlement, so they are grandfathered in.
BPClaims.org Brings Out The Big Guns
If you fill out the form to the Right, we will make sure large business claims go to Groups that have numerous CPA`s, and are the leading Firms handling BP Claims in the country. They are not law firms, though they do work with them, and other CPA firms. They typically charge 15% for assisting you with your claim.
We will be handling the smaller business claims in house.
These Firms have compiled the best talent in the industry.
In my estimation, they believe in Performance not Promises, I am proud to say they are some of the most integritous groups I have met in my experience trying to assist people throughout this event.
We think this will be the most efficient way to bring in as many claims as possible before certain claims are possibly excluded. A hearing date is scheduled for April 5th.
As I understand the Groups BP are trying to Exclude can be found below.
Recently I also heard Realtors were on the list, please don`t take this list as the Gospel, but I believe it is accurate.
Oilseed (except Soybean) Farming
Dry Pea and Bean Farming
Oilseed and Grain Combination Farming
All Other Grain Farming
Vegetable and Melon Farming
Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming
Fruit and Tree Nut Farming
Citrus (except Orange) Groves
Berry (except Strawberry) Farming
Tree Nut Farming
Fruit and Tree Nut Combination Farming
Other Noncitrus Fruit Farming
Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
Other Food Crops Grown Under Cover
Nursery and Tree Production
Other Crop Farming
Sugar Beet Farming
All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming
Cattle Ranching and Farming
Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming
Dairy Cattle and Milk Production
Dual-Purpose Cattle Ranching and Farming
Hog and Pig Farming
Hog and Pig Farming
Poultry and Egg Production
Chicken Egg Production
Broilers and Other Meat Type Chicken Production
Other Poultry Production
Sheep and Goat Farming
Finfish Farming and Fish Hatcheries
Other Animal Production
Horses and Other Equine Production
Fur-Bearing Animal and Rabbit Production
All Other Animal Production
Forestry and Logging
Timber Tract Operations
Timber Tract Operations
Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products
Forest Nurseries and Gathering of Forest Products
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
Support Activities for Crop Production
Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating
Crop Harvesting, Primarily by Machine
Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning)
Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders
Farm Management Services
Support Activities for Animal Production
Support Activities for Animal Production
Support Activities for Forestry
Support Activities for Forestry
Construction of Buildings
Residential Building Construction
New Single-Family Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)
New Multifamily Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)
New Housing Operative Builders
Nonresidential Building Construction
Industrial Building Construction
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Utility System Construction
Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Specialty Trade Contractors
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
Glass and Glazing Contractors
Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Building Equipment Contractors
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Other Building Equipment Contractors
Building Finishing Contractors
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Other Building Finishing Contractors
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Site Preparation Contractors
All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Notaries
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
All Other Legal Services
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Serv’s
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Tax Preparation Services
Other Accounting Services
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Landscape Architectural Services
Building Inspection Services
Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
Human Resources Consulting Services
Marketing Consulting Services
Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
Other Management Consulting Services
Environmental Consulting Services
Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Scientific Research and Development Services
Research and Development in Biotechnology
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Public Relations Agencies
Media Buying Agencies
Direct Mail Advertising
Advertising Material Distribution Services
Other Services Related to Advertising
Health Care and Social Assistance
Ambulatory Health Care Services
Offices of Physicians
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)
Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Optometrists
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
Offices of Podiatrists
Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Outpatient Care Centers
Family Planning Centers
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
HMO Medical Centers
Kidney Dialysis Centers
Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers
All Other Outpatient Care Centers