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Gulf Coast Claims Facility: BP Claims Coalition is Formed
We have been in meetings over the last two weeks with Attorneys at the forefront of the oil spill litigation. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has helped unite a group of Oil Spill Attorneys, Claims Adjusters and Activists. In an effort to hold BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility accountable, a formidable coalition of BP Claims Experts has been created. For the last two weeks we have gotten together to share ideas and intelligence on the trends we are seeing with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. For months we have told you about our BP Claims Team, well the Team just got a lot bigger, with one goal in mind, to get your BP Claims Paid.
Gulf Coast Claims Facility Trends
What we are seeing is the GCCF is still making it difficult for BP business claims to get paid, without the help of knowledgeable Oil Spill Claims Experts. They are still trying to stall claims, and offering Quick Pays even when the amount owed far surpasses the Gulf Coast Claims Facility offer. The GCCF is still utilizing a delay, deny, and defend strategy, and waiting clients out that desperately need the money to keep afloat. This tragic, yet successful strategy has resulted in many business owners settling for the 25k quick pay, or just giving up on the BP Claims process.
Gulf Coast Claims Facility a True Story
Last week I spoke to an individual who just could not wait any longer, he was a Marine Contractor and built docks along the Gulf Coast in Mobile. People were not building any new docks since the spill, he had filed a claim over 7 months ago. He had received an EAP from BP. He had given the Gulf Coast Claims Facility every document they asked for, he was told on several occasions his BP Claim was escalated and was told to be expecting a check soon. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility went on to say that his BP Claim had already gone to the accounting firm that was going to be cutting him his check. He was expecting an Interim payment with a final offer totaling around 120k. Instead they made him wait months only to offer him 25k, and he was forced to take it due to his economic situation. This is what we are trying to help people avoid.
Here is an email he wanted me to share with you all.
What can I say. If you go to a Gulf Coast Claims Facility office and look on the door and all around they have (We are here to help you recover) That is a lie. It is now 8 months into 2011 and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has done nothing to help me recover. On Feb. 15th I filed an interim claim for what I thought was the 1st quarter of this year, 9 weeks later on April 21st I got a determination letter that offered me zero on the interim and they offered me the 25,000 quick final pay. The quarter they determined was the last three month of 2010 which I had been sent an emergency advance payment in Sept. that covered my losses for 2010 I have no problem with that. So I filed another claim for the 2nd quarter on the 22nd of April 2011. Today is July 31st 2011 and I still have no new determination letter even though the first letter expired on July 24th 2011. I went into a claims office here in Mobile, Al on July 1st and filed a claim for the 3rd quarter at which time I was told that my claim had been passed along and was now at the accountants Price-Waterhouse, that was a month ago now and still no word.
Prior to the spill I owned my own company as a marine contractor building Boathouse’s, Bulkheads, Piers, and Marina’s all along the Gulf Coast. I had a consistent income of over 5,000 dollars per month. After the Oil spill I have had zero income from my company. All Building of Piers, Boathouse’s, Bulkheads and Marina’s Just stopped. The pile driving companies that were giving me the work all went to work for BP or they also lost contracts thus affecting my company in a negative way. I have been trying to find work ever since and the little bit that is coming back has not made it down to my company. I find it to be a shame that Ken Feinburg gets paid every month and the people who work at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility all get paid every two weeks but the people like me who are the ones who have suffered this loss. We can’t even get an answer as to when or if we will get recompensed at all. I find that to be discriminatory towards the people and businesses here who have suffered a loss and I wonder why the Media and the government have failed in holding the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and BP to their promises. These people get paid on a regular basis but those who’s livelihood has been taken away we have to wait and try to survive on nothing for many months at a time only to find out that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility can take as much time as they want even going beyond the 90 days they claim that it takes to review a claim and send a determination letter. Can someone please give me an answer before I’m forced into bankruptcy?
He eventually took the 25k quick pay and the future still remains uncertain.
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BP Claims and Our BP Claims Dream Team
The BP Claims process has best been understood by people that have studied the process, and are aware of what the proper calculations are to elicit a positive response from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The methodology behind how the GCCF calculates your BP Claims has been hard to understand for many, and it is tilted in their favor. When oil spill claims calculations have been done by members of our Dream Team, BP Claims are often 50% or more then if you did them the GCCF`s way. Many denied BP Claims have also gotten paid by our Gulf Coast Claims Team. They will help you put together any paperwork that may be needed, reorganize and maximize your BP Claims, all while it is still sitting with the GCCF.
BP Claims that have been Denied, Paid in 9 Days
If you have had your BP Claims Denied it very well could be a blessing in disguise. There are members of our Dream Team that specialize in BP Denied Claims. The good news is that most of your paperwork is already together, and sitting at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. This allows members of our Team to analyze the documents while at the GCCF, and add any necessary documents, and go over your numbers once again. Often they will find that your calculations were off, and that BP owes you more then you originally thought. They have had denied BP Claims paid within 9 days. This is not typical, but it has been done.
Are your BP Claims Still Under Review or Awaiting Documents
Often BP Claims are under review for several reasons, sometimes they just haven`t gotten to them, but often they are lacking the proper paperwork, this is usually followed by a Deficiency Letter. Most often BP Claims that lack the necessary paperwork are denied by the GCCF. Members of our Team can access your paperwork while it is at the GCCF, fix whatever is wrong and speed up the BP Claims process. They will also keep you up to date regarding the status of your BP Claims.
BP Business Claims and Multiple BP Claims
Very often when members of the BP Claims Team begin to analyze your case, and find out more about you, and what revenue streams were affected by you or your business, they often find that you can make multiple BP Claims. These BP Claims need to be substantiated with various paperwork that they will help put together. BP Business Claims are often very complex, we have members on the team that are currently handling BP Claims in excess of 100 million dollars. There are no BP Claims to big or to small.
BP Claims Dream Team: How it Works and How Much
All members of the BP Claims Dream Team work on a contingency basis, they don`t get paid until you do. They are all at the apex in their respective fields. They are highly respected by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Each member of our Team is it`s own separate entity. It is the goal of BPClaims.org to place you with the member of the Team that best suits your needs. We have helped over 10,000 Individuals and Business`s get the help they deserve. Over 125,000 people have gone to our website since it started in May of 2010. Members of our Team charge from 15% on up to 33.3% if you need the help of an Attorney. All fees are done on a contingency basis. When you fill out the form to the right, we will immediately call you, to insure that your information is forwarded to the member that best suits your needs on our BP Claims Team.
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
BP has let us all know where they stand with the BP Claims process, if there was any doubt in your mind, if you thought they would show good faith, if you thought they were truly going to “make it right” through the BP claims process, they are not.
BP announced last week they did not want to pay for future loses, then they hit people with low ball BP Claims offers, hoping people would be happy, just to get something for their BP Claims. After BP made the statement regarding future loses, it was predicted by BPClaims.org that they would follow this up with low ball offers, and that is exactly what happened.
We had all hoped that BP would act in good faith, instead they trying to bury people in BP Claims paperwork, and other delaying tactics.The Attorney Generals from across the Gulf Region have seen this coming, and are launching a full investigation into the BP Claims process.
BP Claims: Our Pledge and Our Team
If you have a Valid BP Claim we will not rest until you get Paid. We have assembled the Best Group of BP Claims Attorneys, and Claims Adjusters that have a history of doing battle with BP and Winning. The team that has come together to make sure you are treated fairly by BP and the GCCF, We have one goal in mind, TO GET YOUR BP CLAIMS PAID. We have several Groups of Attorneys and Adjusters that all have areas of specialization. We have Denied Claims Specialists, BP Business Claims Experts, Medial Claims and VOO Attorneys, and of course Individual Claims are a priority.
BP has shown it`s colors and it`s true intent, there is no longer a shadow of doubt what their true intentions are. We are All very passionate about helping the people, and the business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill, and have a track record to prove it.
BP Denied Claims Paid in 9 Days: BP Claims Under Review Experts
We have added a few new players to the BPClaims.org Team, and I am proud to say they are Experts with BP Denied Claims. They have gotten denied BP Claims paid in 9 Days. They have an in depth knowledge of how the GCCF works, and what is required for a successful BP Claim. If your BP Claims are under review, they can dig in to your claim while it is sitting at the GCCF, find any deficiencies, reorganize it, and maximize it. We will put an end to your BP Claims nightmare.
BP Claims Litigation
If for whatever reason your BP Claim can`t be settled amicably, we have The Attorney that has gotten THE LARGEST AWARDS FROM BP EVER ON OUR TEAM. One way or another BP is going to pay. This is a Tier 1 law firm, which means they are the best of the best, they also specialize in fast tracking BP Business Claims for companies that are in distress as a result of the oil spill. As the true intentions of BP and the GCCF has been disclosed, litigation may be a necessary means to get your BP Claims Paid, it is best to be prepared.
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Aricle: BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
Author: Bill Bohack
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
GCCF`s New BP Claims Delay Tactic
The GCCF`s new tactic to delay your BP Claims is called the Deficiency Notice. After speaking with 4 business owners last night, they ALL had just gotten deficiency notices for their BP Claims. The Business Owners had already provided the documents that the deficiency notice said were missing from their files. The documents were never missing from their files, but the GCCF said they were, and they could not process their BP Claims. Again their BP Claims were delayed.
BP Claims Mislabeled
One of the individuals who owns a good size business decided to go down to his local GCCF office and talked to them directly about his BP Claims. He had spoken to this person before and she went through his file with him standing right there. After going through the file they found the documents the GCCF said were deficient. The documents were there, they were just mislabeled. His BP Claim was then sent to a Claims Review Specialist. The new Claims Review Specialist has given his claim a new number, and can now look up all the pages in his BP Claims to finally make a determination on his claim. He was told that he would have an answer shortly regarding his BP Claims.
BP Claims Pattern
After making four phone calls yesterday to follow up with people, they all had the same exact story about their BP Claims. Coincidence, I don`t think so. The GCCF is pulling out every tactic it can to delay your BP Claims. Mislabeling documents that have already been sent in might happen once in awhile by careless processor, but not four follow up phone calls in a row. Has the GCCF mislabeled BP Claims documents intentionally, only to buy more time and frustrate the people in the BP Claims process, I think so. This is just one more road block that the GCCF is using to frustrate and delay people from receiving their BP Claims money, and hoping they go away.
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.
Business Owners feel the BP Claims Pinch
Smaller BP claims are getting paid first, these are typically claims that are 25,000 dollars or less. This goes along with what I have been saying, that the BP claims process run by the GCCF and Ken Feinberg wants to look impressive statistically. The BP claims breakdown according to the GCCF`s own numbers shows that more then 40% of all claims that have been paid are below $25,000, while only 5% of the BP claims that have been paid are above 500,000 dollars. Many business`s have lost more then a million dollars, and have found little to no relief from the BP claims process.
BP Claims Status and the Waiting Game
If you have been following this blog you will remember that I told you BP is using Delay, Deny, and Defend tactics. These tactics are text book, and have been utilized by unscrupulous insurance companies for years. They promised individuals and business`s that they would have their BP Claims figured out within 90 days, and be forthcoming with Interim payments as to cover losses on a quarterly basis. Instead they waited individuals and business`s out, and then offered them a new alternative called the BP Claims Quick Pay Option. This gave individuals 5k and business`s 25k if they agreed not to further sue BP. Over 100,000 business`s and individuals fell into this trap. They preyed on the desperate, and many people signed off because they were in full blown economic collapse, and something was better then nothing.
Your BP claim is being reviewed
This is perhaps the most common thing I hear when I am answering the help line. I often hear from people who have kept calling the GCCF, only to hear that their BP claim is being reviewed or that they need more documents. Many of the calls come from people that filed their BP Claims in late November, right after the November 23rd deadline. Well, its about to be June now and they still have not gotten paid, that`s over 6 months without a regular income, or no income for many. Houses are being foreclosed on, Business`s are shutting their doors, and BP is slow to pay if they pay at all. In the meantime people are picking up work wherever they can just to keep the electric on. The BP claims process is broken, this is not what they promised. They want to drive us into desperation so we will take whatever comes our way. Last quarter BP made over 7 Billion Dollars profit, but left many in the BP Claims process with the words your BP Claim is being reviewed.
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 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.
BP Claims & GCCF hide behind OPA
The U.S. Oil Pollution Act, which requires companies to compensate people and businesses harmed by an offshore spill, makes clear that liability is “limited to damages directly caused by a covered oil spill and that indirect or derivative losses are not compensable,” BP said in papers filed yesterday in federal court in New Orleans.
BP said it isn’t responsible for damages to boats that participated in its VOO program or for the losses of Gulf Coast businesses idled by the U.S. deep-water drilling moratorium.
VOO gets dealt a blow by BP/GCCF
In March, hundreds of boat owners and contractors who participated in cleaning up the BP spill filed a master complaint seeking compensation for unpaid wages, vessel damage and physical injuries from contact with the spilled oil or chemical dispersants used to break up the oil. BP yesterday asked the federal court in New Orleans overseeing spill suits to dismiss claims by these plaintiffs under the Oil Pollution Act.
We will see how BP handles these claims through the GCCF process, they also went on to tell Louisiana that they needed to go through the GCCF process before they sue BP.
GCCF Uses Delay, Deny, Defend strategy again
If you all remember, and I am trying to emphasize this, the GCCF and BP are using a Delay, Deny, Defend strategy. If the GCCF and BP wanted to pay people they would be. They are following the text book of how to handle situations such as this. The book was written by unscrupulous insurance companies, and is often implemented when companies are trying not to pay, and it works. The GCCF could be more consistent and kind when it comes to paying BP Claims.
The good new is, some of the lawyers we have connected with will take these GCCF claims.
I was informed that Judge Barbier had inferred in court that Law Firms could still file on behalf of claimants against Transocean, and some firms are. There are NO guarantees here. The deadline was April 20th, if you did not file and would still like to, here is your chance, I can`t guarantee it will go through, but there are firms that will give it a shot. So if you fill out the form to the right and put Transocean in the description, we will see to it that your claim gets to them. My thoughts on this are, that Judge Barbier saw that many firms were swamped with requests and is giving them a touch more time to get these in. This is pure conjecture, but that is the only valid reason I can figure.
Transocean Limitation Complaints
Directly taken from the Plaintiff Steering Committee website:
1) What is a Limitation Complaint?
When a vessel owner, such as Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, forces all people who have claims resulting from an incident to make any claims against it in one proceeding. In that proceeding, the Court is asked to decide whether the vessel owner can limit its liability (or what it is responsible to pay) under the law.The Court may also determine other issues, such as the liability (if any) of the vessel owner, whether the vessel owner is liable for gross negligence or the amount of fault between and among the defendants. Gross negligence involves a reckless disregard for the safety of others.
If you can get into the process you will be covered by the February 2012 trial issues.