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BP Claims Future Loss and the Fisheries

BP Claims and the Future of the Gulf Coast

Dolphins Dying of Gulf Beaches

With BP trying to mitigate damages by saying everything is back to normal economically, and they will not pay BP Claims for future loses, except in a few cases such as Oystermen, one can`t help but wonder what the future holds for the BP Claims process. The BP Claims process was supposed to make everything right as we endured the worst man made oil spill in history. Remember that it was BP`s negligence that caused the oil spill in the first place, and the BP Claims process was supposed to make it right, or at the very least, as right as it could be. What draws many people to the Gulf Coast is the natural beauty of the Gulf, the fresh seafood, and the splendor of spending a day in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By all accounts from fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and crabbers the Gulf`s health has issues. If the Gulf Health deteriorates as has been evidenced, will people want to come here to vacation, and that seems to be the only factor that BP is using when it speaks of taking future loses out of the BP Claims process.

Gulf Health and BP Claims

If the Gulf of Mexico faces a catastrophic decline in marine populations, and there is some evidence of this already, what will happen to the tourists who have historically come to enjoy the seafood and bathe at the beautiful beaches. Three out of five people won`t eat Gulf Seafood. If it is not safe for the animals that call the Gulf home, are you really going to let your kids swim in the Gulf. It may not come to light this year, but there is mounting evidence that in the following years we could see a steep decline of locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and it is quite possible the Gulf will have a stigma to it, that no amount of BP Claims money will ever be able to fix.

Environmental Indicators and BP Claims

Certain Areas are reporting the Crab catch is down about 75% of from previous years, the brown shrimp catch is down about 90%,  approximately 80% of the oysters are dead, fishermen are noting substantially decreased numbers of what was once plentiful catches, and the GCCF is slow to pay people on the front lines their BP Claims money. It took years to figure out what was going on environmentally after the Exxon Valdez tragedy, this is happening at warp speed in comparison. At the same time BP is trying not to pay for future losses for BP Claims, meanwhile we are finding once steady fisheries in collapse, and this is year one. Oyster beds are not going to come back for years, the GCCF admits that, the crabs don`t seem to have any eggs with them, and die shortly after harvesting, these are leading indicators of the Health of the Gulf, and it`s surrounding waters. No amount of BP Claims money can make this right.

How We Work with you and your BP Claims

BP Attempts to Cut Future BP Claims Loses

BP gives marching orders to Feinberg regarding Future BP Claims

Brown Shrimp numbers are down 90% after the Oil Spill

BP  in a letter to Feinberg, is saying that Feinberg should not pay any BP claims for future loses because fisheries have reopened and the tourist season is back in full swing, as they cite hotel industry statistics, and news reports, reporting strong business backed by summertime tourism. The BP Claims process should not take into consideration future loses when factoring BP Claims. The remarks made by BP to Feinberg leave little doubt who is in charge of the BP Claims process. Just when you thought things could not get any worse at the GCCF, and their ability to treat BP Claims fairly

At the beginning of July, the GCCF had paid $4.5 billion in claims to 195,000 claimants. There are also about $430 million worth of offers that are under consideration by Gulf residents. Mind you that almost 600,000 BP Claims have been filed.

BP Claims Ploy or just Absolute Arrogance

Could this be just a ploy by BP to get people to accept the next batch of BP claims settlements. According to my calculations BP is about to pay the next round of BP Claims, remember they get founded with 1.2 Billion dollars every quarter. The last wave of claims we saw receive settlements was mid April, making mid July the next wave that should occur. When it occurs we will see a sudden jump in offers being made, many of these offers will be Interim Claims offers accompanied by Final Claim offers. The news seems to coincide with the next wave of BP Claims settlement offers, coincidence, I doubt it. BP and the GCCF have joint strategies and the biggest one is to settle the most amount of BP Claims, for the least amount of money, by BP telling the public that it wants to take future loses off the table, many people with valid BP Claims will be inclined to settle now.

The Arrogance of BP to even suggest that the Gulf Region is back to normal and exceeding pre spill numbers marks a new low in the BP Claims process. It is understandable that BP and the GCCF want people to believe that everything is alright after the Oil Spill, many business owners share the same sentiment. The fact however is everything is not all right, and according to various sources things could get a lot worse in time, neither BP or Gulf Coast Business owners want to hear this.

BP Claims and the lesson from Alaska: Herring and Brown Shrimp

Johnathan and I

I just spent a week with Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit from the show Deadliest Catch, they are two dear friends that were in town for the Suncoast Offshore. They were instrumental in helping me launch previous charity sites that helped 1000`s of people connect with charities directly after the BP Oil Spill. They are quick to point out that the fishery in Prince William sound seemed normal for the first several years, then dramatically dropped, never to return to normal 20+ years later. Current estimates have the Herring population at about 15% of the pre spill population.  The latest indicators from the Gulf Fishery show a dramatic decline in the catch of brown shrimp, this has happened even faster then anticipated. The catch is down over 90% and fleets of shrimpers have halted fishing for them. This is the real truth, that many families are grappling with, as they try make a living in this once thriving industry, at the same time BP is putting everyone on notice that they don`t want to pay for future loses for BP Claims.

Time is needed for a more complete evaluation of the Health of the Gulf of Mexico, as we have learned from past oil spills, many of the effects from such a catastrophic oil spill won`t be known for years. For BP to make such sweeping statements that it will not be responsible for future losses incurred by Gulf residents at this early juncture, only furthers my belief that the true course is to move forward with BP Interim Claims only.

 

 

 

BP Claims versus EAP Claims: Understanding why some got Paid

BP Claims and EAP`s

BP Claims Czar Dropped the Ball

When the the Deep Water Horizon blew up, causing the most catastrophic oil spill we have ever seen, BP took action paying people, the payouts were called called Emergency Advanced Payments. EAP`s as they became known were collected by many who were injured by the BP Oil Spill. Often when people think of getting paid by BP they are referring to these EAP`s. That`s because when the emergency claim period ended November 23, of 2010, and Ken Feinberg officially took over and created the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, very few larger claims were paid. The primary purpose of the GCCF was to pay people Interim Claims and Final Claims and process those BP Claims. The Interim Claims were meant to keep people and business`s afloat as the extent of the damage was evaluated and the true financial toll on people and business`s could be quantified. There was NEVER any mention of BP Quick Pays previously in the BP Claims process.

Quick Pay versus BP Claims

On December 13th, 2010 Feinberg changed all the rules and came out with the Quick Pay option, touted as a quick solution for those in the BP Claims Process.  The BP Quick Pay`s would initially only be offered to the business`s and individuals ( 25k and 5k respectively) that had successfully received an EAP, that would also change as it became an instrument to prey on the desperate. All of this while Feinberg was telling the public that he and the GCCF were Independent of BP, it would later take a court ruling to get him to stop. When history looks back on this manipulation of the public trust by Ken Feinberg, it will go down as a black mark on the Obama Administration, and Ken Feinberg`s legacy. Over 100,000 people and business`s took the Quick Pay Option, many regret it.  Anyone receiving a BP Quick Pay would give up their right to sue BP, and agree not to pursue their BP Claims. Meanwhile the GCCF and Feinberg would put BP Interim Claims on the back burner.

BP Claims Czar not Independent

Many like to say hindsight is twenty twenty, a quick look back at Feinbergs actions and his manipulation of the BP Claims process can only come up with one conclusion. He does work for BP. Judge Barbier may have put it best in his ruling regarding Feinberg`s claims of being Independent. Judge Barbier said “While BP may have delegated to Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF independence in the evaluation and payment of individual claims, many other facts support a finding that the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg are not completely ‘neutral’ and independent from BP.” Because of this many people who signed off on the BP Quick Pay, may be able to sue BP, the Judge has not made his ruling yet, regarding whether people were misled by Mr. Feinberg, or coerced because of duress. This could open the BP Claims process back up for over 100,000 people. The BP Claims process has some history to it now, and if you stop listening to the words from  Mr. Feinberg, but look at his actions since he took over, the conclusion is simple, he is here to save BP money and delay your BP Claims.

If you want help with your BP claim, if your tired of hearing your claim is under review, or you need more documents, even if you signed off for your BP Quick Pay, fill out the form to the right.

BP Claims Current Trends

BP Claims And BP

If You Google BP Claims you will see a paid ad from BP that reads: Visit BP’s Claims Page & Learn How To Make A Claim Without A Lawyer. If you haven`t figured it out by now, if they suggest you go left, you may want to strongly consider going right.

By this time many of you have tried to work out your BP Claim with the GCCF only to hear that your claim is UNDER REVIEW, or they NEED MORE DOCUMENTS, which then puts your claim at the bottom of the pile again, they often forget to tell you that. Many of you figured that the GCCF would deal with you in good faith, only to find out otherwise.

Simply put, they are stalling.  The GCCF is allotted only 1.25 billion (from the 20 billion set aside) each quarter from BP – they spend it paying off as many “nuisance claims” as they can – and a few “high-maintenance” claims (which are usually represented by aggressive attorneys) – this is done in a few weeks, leaving them to stall again for the next two and a half months.
If you are a Business owner or an Individual, and counted on BP ” Making it Right” you may have a long wait.  BP and the GCCF do not want you to take into consideration that you may have Multiple Claims, that the true extent of your losses may not be known in the time window they have given you to calculate your losses, when in fact the true extent of damage done and the long term effects on the economy, the environment, and your health won`t truly be known for years, how do you calculate that in your BP Claims.

BP Business Claims Example: Multiple BP Claims

The Attorneys that we work with are playing leading roles in the upcoming litigation in New Orleans.  Plus, they have more experience holding BP accountable  then any other law firms in the country, and have the support staff to make sure every Revenue Stream that you or your Business has coming in has been accounted for, and how the Oil Spill and the Stigma may affect your BP Claims.

For Example: a Seafood Restaurant in Grand Isle didn`t just lose customers because nobody was going out there, they also had a rise in seafood prices because product had to be shipped in.

If that same restaurant owned their building, that property greatly depreciated. That too was affected. Now lets go even further, and say that restaurant owned boats that would usually be used for fishing or shrimping, but instead were used in the Vessels of Opportunity program to help clean up the Spill, they couldn`t go fishing and sell the catch to other vendors, and the boats themselves were damaged in the clean up process.

Then you need to factor in how long all of these different events will affect your Business. The fact is nobody really knows, but a good rule of thumb is 3-5 years, barring any other occurrences.
This is an example of Multiple BP Business Claims.

BP Claims and Forensic Accountants

How do Attorneys figure the extent and types of damage that your Business incurred, Forensic Accountants.

Forensic Accountants specialize in looking at a business, taking all things into consideration and arriving at real number that covers your losses.

Do you think that BP or the GCCF are going to help you accurately take all of these different factors into consideration when you are working directly with them?  They have no intention, or the resources to help you calculate  how long  you, or you Business will be affected for, not to mention the Multiple Claims the you may have. They have their BP Claims Methodology in place, who do you think that benefits.

The BP claims process has become adversarial, just think about this.  After months of not paying out any interim or final claims, they came up with the Quick Pay, if your Business lost revenue from the spill and it looked like you had a good claim against them, they made blanket offers of 25k to all the businesses that were affected and individuals got a 5k offer.

When in fact many business owners and individuals  lost so much more, they did this only after many months of not paying them anything, many took these Quick Pays just so they could keep the doors open a little longer or to pay overdue bills, but they also agreed not to sue BP.  There is a strategy going on here, it is called Delay, Deny, Defend, commonly used by unscrupulous insurance companies, the way the GCCF is handling your BP Claims is no different.

BP Claims Experts on Your Side

The first thing to remember is that BP and the GCCF are by no means on your side, just look at their actions. Oil Spill Attorneys that have the proper resources in place, and truly want to protect their clients best interests are the best way to get the compensation you deserve from BP.

Seasoned Oil Spill Attorneys that understand the process, and are respected in their field and are able to get the GCCF and BP`s attention.

Already some of the Attorneys we work with have been asked to consolidate their cases into blocks so that the GCCF can settle their whole case load or blocks of their case load. Why, because they know these Attorneys mean business, and BP does not want to go into litigation against them. While other Attorneys have gotten claims paid within 2 months.

What does this mean for you, it means that you will have BP Claims Experts on your side, we have seen people who initially thought their claim was only worth 10k walk away with more then 60k.
If your claim is settled in a block of claims you don`t have to accept the offer, this is why it is not a BP class action. Your claim is still going through the BP Claims Process after it has been thoroughly investigated and maximized. Finally, if a BP settlement can not be reached it will move to litigation, where an Expert Attorney who knows Oil Spill litigation will fight for your Rights.

All this being said there is an old adage ” Never bring a Knife to a Gun Fight” I am proud to say that we do have the Biggest Guns for this Fight. The Dream Team of Attorneys we have connected with, will do their best to get your BP Claims paid.

Getting your BP Claims Paid

BP Claims and how to get Paid

Getting Your BP Claims Paid

You can make BP claims with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility created by BP and Ken Feinberg, who promised to ” Make it Right.” They also said your BP Claim would be handled within 90 days after the Emergency Claims deadline of November 23, 2010, but many who filed right after the deadline are still waiting. It is mid-June now and individuals and businesses have been waiting 9 months for their BP Claims money, only to hear we need more documents or their case is under review. Even worse, many people waiting for their BP Claims money, were told they were denied or simply offered the 5k quick pay for individuals or the 25k quick pay for businesses as long as they agreed not sue BP.

The best results I have seen for people going through the BP Claims process has been to hire a BP Claims Attorney. Instead of the GCCF being able to use bullying tactics, good oil spill attorneys will handle them for you. Instead of being offered for 1- 2 years of losses from BP, which I still have not heard of happening, oil spill attorneys will ask for 3-5 years of losses and handle negotiations for your BP Claims money for you. They will also push for interim payments so that you have some time to evaluate the true impact of the oil spill on you or your business.  Many interim claims payments have been accompanied by final settlement offers. It is up to you to accept or reject your final BP claims settlement.

If your BP claim was denied, it may be a blessing in disguise, as you probably have all of your paperwork available, and when you give it to an Attorney they may be able to point out that you should have filed multiple BP Claims, or other things you may have overlooked. Having all your documents in order will certainly expedite your BP Claims.

BP Claims: How Long does it Take

If you are still waiting for the GCCF to “Make it Right,” your BP Claims money may have to wait until February of 2012 when the litigation is scheduled to begin.  They may make an offer between now and then, but I would not bet on it unless it is a quick pay, or a low ball final settlement. Now mind you the GCCF could have a change of heart between now and then, and become immensely fair and truly try to make it right, but again I wouldn`t bet on it; it just doesn`t fit the present corporate culture when it comes to handling BP Claims.

BP Claims Attorneys that we have connected with have gotten their BP claims paid within 2 months recently. These attorneys know how to deal with the GCCF and they know how to organize your BP Claims and maximize your BP Claims. They are also quick to point out that you and your family or business may have multiple BP Claims. There is also an accelerated BP Claims process that I have been recently told about that helps large employers avoid laying off employees. Though there is no set time table to get your BP Claims paid, it does seem attorneys get them done much faster.

 

BP Claims: The Trickle Down Effect

If large segments of a community lose the ability to work, it’s natural that they stop spending money for other things.  If they had received BP Claims money from the beginning it would have encouraged spending in those areas. Instead, businesses and the employees that work in those businesses bore a large brunt of the economic hardship and often the BP Claims process tries to overlook them. Beauty parlors, lawn services, general contractors, restaurants, many in the service areas of the Gulf economy were severely impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill. Any non-essential business was hit hard when people stopped spending in the Gulf Region, though BP has made it difficult for many in these businesses to file BP Claims, often citing that there is no correlation between the spill and the economic downturn, though we all know differently. The Oil Spill did have a direct economic impact for many and they should be compensated through the BP Claims process.

BP wants to Dismiss BP Claims

BP Attempts to Derail the BP Claims Process

“BP’s position is not that every single claim needs to be dismissed,” Andrew Langan, BP’s lawyer, told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier at today’s hearing. Claims that have been improperly filed or not yet presented to BP’s trust fund should be dismissed, he said.

So in essence BP does not want to pay your BP Claim if you made a mistake on your BP Claim or  if you haven`t filed one yet. Unless I am reading this way out of context, and I don`t think I am, BP is trying to mitigate it`s damages and block people from becoming part of the BP Claims process, if they have not already received your BP Claim, or they made a mistake filling it out. The truth is more then 70% of those eligible still have not filed their BP Claims.

Report Blames Obama, BP Claims not getting paid

The committee, chaired by Darrell Issa, said: “Many believe BP is not meeting its obligations and the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to intervene. The report also strongly criticized Barack Obama’s administration for failing to take charge of the clean-up and compensation, slamming the President for placing “the perpetrator of a reckless and unnecessary tragedy at the helm of the recovery operations”. The BP Claims Process has created the following according to the report “excessive compensation delays, inconsistent judgments, requirements that victims relinquish further claims against BP as a condition of compensation, and efforts to dissuade victims from obtaining legal representation.”

The report cited several glaring examples of the lack of consistency in the BP Claims Process. perhaps the most glaring was two fishermen in the Lafourche Parish who filled out very similar claims and had similar incomes, but one received $100,000 more. We have heard even worse BP Claims inconsistencies, for example we have often heard of two waiters or waitresses at the same restaurant, making the same money, putting in identical claims, only to have one claim accepted and another rejected. The BP claims process has been anything but fair.

BP Claims and You

I urge you to look at your income from previous years compared to 2010 and 2011, I urge you to look at the value of your Business, if you notice a drop, and it is in anyway connected to the Oil Spill, I strongly urge you to file a BP Claim. If you lost revenue, and it is Oil Spill related you are entitled to file a BP Claim. Personally I believe the whole Gulf Region was shutdown during the whole spill, and people immediately stopped spending. Some areas are rebounding faster then others, but what does the future hold?

BP set aside 20 Billion dollars to settle the BP Claims. According to recent articles, BP thinks it can get them all settled for less then 5 Billion, last month they thought they could have everything settled for less then 10 Billion, in essence BP just saved 5 Billion Dollars in one month, and do you know whose pocket that 5 Billion Dollars came from, it came from YOURS. BP is trying to shirk their responsibility to pay BP Claims, just listen to their own lawyers.

So if you want Help, we have connected with what I feel are some of the Best Attorneys in the country to handle your BP Claims, they can tell you if you have a BP Claim, and that is Free.

 

GCCF Should be Knocking on Doors not Closing Offices and hiding behind Statistics

GCCF to Close Offices

After a comprehensive review of the 35 GCCF site offices throughout the Gulf, the GCCF has decided to close eight of the claims offices throughout the Gulf region,” says Camille Biros of Feinberg-Rozen, the law firm headed by Gulf Coast claims czar Kenneth Feinberg. One office in Alabama, and four offices in Florida also will close.

Louisiana legislative leaders are asking Ken Feinberg, who is overseeing the payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to keep open three claims offices he plans to close next week.

Senators Speakout on GCCF Office Closures

Senate President Joel Chaisson and House Speaker Jim Tucker sent letters to Feinberg on Tuesday pushing for the claims offices to remain open in Lafitte, Grand Isle and Morgan City. The offices are slated to close June 1.Chaisson says the closure of three claims offices could increase frustrations against Feinberg and would be a disservice to those still struggling to recover from the disaster.

Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, said in an online interview that the decision will be a “travesty,” especially since many claims originating in these areas will still be pending action at the end of the month.

“The BP people should be knocking on doors to help people, not closing down the office that’s set up to help them,” Chabert said.

GCCF by the Numbers

As of May 19, there had been a total of 512,000 claims made through the GCCF, which have resulted in $4 billion being paid out.

In Louisiana, 200,000 claims have been filed and $1.3 billion awarded.

The GCCF has reviewed almost 88 percent of all interim and final claims. Their Numbers

GCCF and Statistics what they don`t want you to Know

The Reality is The GCCF has deployed a strategy of working their way up the claims ladder, paying the least amount possible to the most amount of people so that their statistics look impressive, and they will continue that strategy for the foreseeable future. I know as a fact that they are taking the lesser claims first as they are getting ready to settle the next group of claims.

Remember the GCCF is on a budget. There is not 20 Billion dollars sitting in a bank account, the 20 Billion is funded in increments on a quarterly basis, approximately 1.25 Billion per quarter. That is why there is waves of claims being settled every 3 months, the next wave coming in mid July. If you look at the quick pay settlements which were a travesty in my opinion, they setlled about 100,000 claims by waiting people and business`s out, then offering them 5k and 25k respecitvely, the next wave of claims to get settled is going to be many of the lowerend waiter and waitress type claims, again so there numbers look impressive statistically, remember statistics lie and so does BP.

They promised to make us whole, they promised payments would be quick, they promised this would be a fair process. Instead they are paying the least possible to the most possible so statistically they look impressive, we all learned along time ago that statistics lie.

The good news is we have connected with Attorneys that are getting people paid, if you need help, and had enough, fill out the form to the right.

 

 

What the GCCF and Feinberg don’t want you to Know

The GCCF is run by  Ken Feinberg who has found a niche for his law firm Feinberg/Rozen settling  large numbers of cases against a particular defendant. In this case the defendant is BP Oil.

The GCCF and Feinberg: How they Work

Feinberg/Rozen is used to handling a large amount of claimants that are represented by Attorneys that have been injured by unscrupulous or careless Business`s. Their other current large case is  Avandia, a drug whose true side effects were hidden by GlaxoSmithKline, resulting in death by heart attack for many. In this case people who have been harmed by taking Avandia retain Attorneys to settle their claims against the makers of Avandia through Feinberg/Rozen. The Attorneys usually put together blocks of claims from 100-1000 then each case/claim is given a dollar amount based on injury. The claimant either agrees or disagrees with the number and has the right to accept or reject the offer. This is the way Feinberg/Rozen is use to working. They have systems in place to handle large amounts of claims brought to them by Attorneys, this historically is the way they work, and the GCCF and BP claims process is no different. They tell you you don`t need an attorney, but in actuality their systems and processes insist on having an  Attorney involved, it`s just the way they work.

Attorneys are settling GCCF and BP Claims in Bulk

As I write this I know of  Attorneys that have settled their entire case load with Feinberg Rozen and the GCCF, and I know that more Law Firms are currently negotiating with them to settle 10`s of Thousands of cases. The GCCF does not want you to know this, they want you to believe that your case will be handled by the GCCF in an independent and timely manner. People have been waiting a very long time now to get their Interim or Final claim money only to be given a quick pay offer where they have to sign away all future right of suing BP and settle for 5k for an individual or 25k for a business regardless of the business losses.

GCCF Percentages

Lets look at the Percentages of types of claims the GCCF has paid Quick Pay 97% paid Interim Claims 14% Paid Final Claims 19% Paid Attorneys understand how to work with Feinberg/Rozen and many have worked with them before on other types of cases. They have Forensic accountants on staff to insure that all losses are accounted for. The GCCF and Feinberg do not want you to use an attorney, they promised us timely payments, they told us they were independent, they lied. We have put together a Dream Team of Attorneys that know how to handle the GCCF and to help you, let them.

BP Makes Claims: Follow the Pattern

BP Claims against Partners

BP asserted claims against Cameron, Halliburton and Transocean in the limitation of liability action,” the report said. “BP’s claims against Transocean include breach of contract, unseaworthiness of the Deepwater Horizon vessel, negligence (or gross negligence and/or gross fault as may be established at trial based upon the evidence) … as well as a declaratory claim that Transocean is wholly or partly at fault for the Incident and responsible for its proportionate share of the costs and damages.”

The report said, “BP’s claims against Cameron assert that Cameron is liable under maritime law for providing a blowout preventer that was unreasonably dangerous in design based on certain design defects, that Cameron was negligent with respect to certain maintenance and repair that it conducted on the Deepwater Horizon BOP …”

A blowout preventer is a giant valve designed to prevent sudden eruptions of pressure.

BP Claims against Haliburton

Moreover, the report said, “BP asserted claims against Halliburton for fraud and fraudulent concealment based on Halliburton’s misrepresentations to BP concerning, among other things, the stability testing on the foamed cement used at the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well; for negligence (or, if established by the evidence at trial, gross negligence) based on Halliburton’s performance of its professional services, including cementing and mud logging services; and for contribution and subrogation for amounts that BP has paid in responding to the incident and oil spill, as well. …”

Also on April 20, the report said, BP filed a complaint in federal court in Houston against Halliburton alleging “the same counts as BP’s claim against Halliburton in Transocean’s limitation of liability action.”

Halliburton, Cameron and Transocean all filed countersuits.

How Does this effect the BP Claims Process

If you look at how this is playing out between BP and it`s partners, you can see a pattern forming. Everybody is pointing the finger at someone else. It only makes sense that when it comes to BP paying on the claims it is going to point the finger at every other factor it possibly can.

BP is going to utilize every piece of leverage it can, to pay the most minimal amount possible to claimants. BP will point out the lingering effects from Katrina, the slumping economy, and now the great flood of 2011. If they hold true to form , BP will try to make the BP claims process muddier then the Mississippi.

The BP Claims and GCCF Claims Process is Broken

The GCCF Independence Charade

The GCCF is controlled by Arthur Feinberg. Mr Feinberg is employed by BP. The BP Claims process was created by BP, then revamped by Mr. Feinberg under the GCCF banner. During this transition, the process has stalled, and left many without the promised cash along the time lines promised. Mr Feinberg would like people to view he and the GCCF as independent of BP, they are anything but. For example, if your claim is over 250k it needs BP approval. So much for being independent. Finally Judge Barbier ruled that he was not, and could not tell people that he and the GCCF were independent.

Should we wait on the GCCF?

There are a lot of people who have taken a wait and see attitude, while many who were in more need, are now homeless, due to foreclosures and cars getting repossessed. For the life of me I can`t understand why there was not a moratorium for foreclosures and repo`s through out the Gulf region, for individuals that showed a direct link of loss due to the oil spill. Why make people wait, wait, and wait, only to lose everything. There were people that have been waiting since the GCCF took over, for their BP Claims money, only to get waited out by the GCCF, and forced to take a quick pay deal. So when everyone was waiting for the check to come, and desperation grew,  BP made quick pay offers of 5k for individuals and 25k for business`s, but they had to sign away any future claims, and agree not sue BP. Now does that sound like they are really here to help people.

The GCCF claims system is broken

How many times I have been told that somebody`s paperwork got lost, or they haven`t heard for months, then only to get a denial. The GCCF claims system is broken. It`s supposed to be saving people, not helping them reach new found levels of desperation. BP claims money simply should have gotten to the people by now. Instead BP is trying to narrow the field of claims they will pay, today they came down on moratorium claims. Claiming that they are not responsible for the government banning deepwater drilling. Memo to BP, Obama wouldn`t have closed down a whole industry, if it was not for your catastrophic failure to notice the obvious. Your checks and balance system was corrupted and broken, your corporate culture was based on selfishness not safety, and was  most exemplified by Mr Hayward. Then you tell us to trust you, and wait for our GCCF Claims offer, still waiting.

 

 

 

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