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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.

 

 

 

BP Defends GCCF against Moratorium Claims and VOO Claims

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.

 

Law Firms still Filing Transocean Claims

Transocean 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.

Corexit, the BP Oil Spill and Clean Up Workers

My experience with Corexit

From the very beginning of this project I have felt  most drawn to helping BP Oil Spill Clean Up Workers. I was out on Grand Isle in June 2010 and the smell of Corexit filled the air, within hours I was coughing. In my infinite wisdom I picked up a piece of Corexit in my hand, I had it on the tip of my finger when it broke like an egg, and it suddenly covered my hand, seconds later my hand was burning, and when I tried to wipe it off, I only proceeded to spread it up my arm. A nice lady on the boat had baby wipes that removed it, regular towels were useless. The way the Corexit bonded with Oil and coagulated it created something that resembled the texture of the yolk of an egg. but more firm, until it broke then it was a gooey mess.


Clean up Workers & Corexit

Cleanup workers were ill equipped to handle the oil spill from the very beginning, lacking both basic equipment and the knowledge of just what they were dealing with. Corexit poses health risks at the molecular level. Corexit bio-accumulates in one`s body. The lungs, kidneys and liver are most affected, and it does cause cancer.

This is from Wikipedia: Mind you, this is about Corexit 9527 not 9500, less is known about the after effects of 9500 on Humans.

Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin. The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people “respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders”. Like 9527, 9500 can cause hemolosys (rupture of blood cells) and may also cause internal bleeding.

Clean Up Workers Exposed to Corexit Seek Help

We get phone calls daily from people that are sick from the Corexit and worked on clean up crews. If you are sick, please fill out the form to the right and we will get you in touch with  law firms that specializes in Helping people that are truly ill from the Clean Up of the Gulf Oil Spill. There are programs being put in place, and medical monitoring becoming available. There are certain medical tests you can also have done, that will measure the levels of exposure. If you think you are sick or know someone who is, please let us know.

Only 25% eligible to file BP Claims Have

BP Claims

The numbers are staggering, 75% of the business`s and individuals that were financially impacted by the Oil Spill have not filed  BP Claims or the GCCF Claims. That number is down from 80% just 2 weeks ago. That means that only one quarter of the people eligible to file claims have. If you were impacted by the oil spill and need assistance filing a claim, there are seasoned Oil Spill Attorneys that want to help you with your BP Claims.

 

BP Claims.org Can Help!

If you are a business with a BP Claim and need the assistance of forensic accountants to figure out your true losses over time, many Attorneys have Forensic Accountants on staff or relationships with C.P.A. firms. Many Attorneys also have former BP Claims and GCCF Claims Adjusters on hand, to make sure the final packet of information sent to the GCCF will meet their requirements. The Attorneys that we have connected with all work on a contingency basis that means they don`t get paid until you do. The BP Claims process has proven inconsistent at best, if you decide you want to file a BP Claim and would like a free consultation with an Attorney please fill out the form to the right.

The BP Claims process and What I think

This is what I am seeing, mind you I talk to a lot of people during the course of the day. They are people who want to make claims, and the Attorneys preparing for litigation of claims and cases for the most part. I don`t hear from the happy person who received a fair shake from the GCCF. Lets keep that in mind. I think the GCCF is absolutely no holds barred using a delay deny defend strategy when it come to paying BP Claims. I think the best route for ALL claimants is to at the very least speak to an Attorney. I think using an Attorney will get you a higher payout and you may get paid faster. I am seeing and hearing about large and I mean large firms getting ready to close out ALL the BP Claims they have on the books. What does that mean, that means you have another avenue of settling your BP Claim. The GCCF is use to dealing with Attorneys and settling out blocks of cases, this is the way Mr Feinbergs firm often works with Attorneys in other kinds of cases, they are use to it and it is the way their corporate culture operates. The BP Claims process has other avenues for settlement.

GCCF Claims and the Waiting Game

Whats up with GCCF Claims

Well it looks as though the GCCF is saving the Interim Claims for last, most are accompanied by final claim offers. The Interim Claims should have been addressed immediately when the GCCF took over in late November. This would have helped a lot of people NOT go further into debt, and avoid the foreclosures repossessions and other stresses. This is right where BP wants people to be. A flurry of Interim Claims came in the beginning of April, but it seems as though that has come to a halt. We have been receiving many calls from people that want to check their claims status. Many are waiting to see what the offers are before talking to an Oil Spill Attorney, The keyword is WAIT and while we wait to find out how the GCCF is going to treat people. BP has raked in over 7 Billion dollars in profits this quarter and paid out just 4 Billion for the Spill, much of that not in claims, but for clean up and pr. So while people wait, they rake it in, and desperation and indebtedness grows for many. What people need to realize this waiting game only benefits BP. After writing this I looked at current BP Claims news and what do I find, but they are closing yet another office in Gulf Breeze Florida. So I guess we will be waiting on the GCCF a little longer and drive a little farther.

Had enough of the GCCF yet?

BP Claims Process finds some Hope

We care about you BP Claims!

When I have time during the course of the day, I like to randomly select people who filled out the form for BP Claims, and give them a call. Today I called a fishermen from Orange Beach, Alabama. He told me that he, and many of his neighbors had faith that Mr Feinberg would keep his word, and that his claim was being reviewed. I truly hope that he is right, and as time goes by we will begin to see some congruency in the claims process. I received several calls today from people who also had BP claims under review, most were not so skeptical. Orange Beach Alabama was one of the hardest hit areas, and still is. It was however,nice to find someone who had some faith left. Lets all hope that Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF deliver on their promises to get the BP Claims process in order.

 

The table is tilted for the GCCF

GCCF Strategies

The final review process has been set up to favor the GCCF and BP in every imaginable way.” This is a quote I read about a bartender going through the GCCF process recently, this is why I stress the importance of at the very least, of getting an Attorneys opinion. The GCCF was designed to serve the purposes of BP and Mr.Feinberg. This is their structure, not ours, this was not created by the government to help people, but by BP`s Mr Feinberg to administer claims. Think about it who built the GCCF, think about who runs the GCCF, do you really trust the GCCF to be impartial about your claim.

The GCCF is Delaying

In a nutshell this is what has happened and is happening, the GCCF is using a delay, deny, defend strategy. They promised to start interim and final claims after the emergency claims period was over, November 23. Which basically meant if your claim for interim or final was made Nov 23 you could expect it 90 days later. Didn`t happen, what did happen was the GCCF in their infinite wisdom created the Quick Pay system. They waited for people to get desperate while waiting for their claims and as foreclosure loomed, repossessions mounted, they low balled people with 5k offers for individuals, and 25k for business`s. Almost 100,000 people took them.

GCCF & The Future

This period is just coming to an end, now people are beginning to see the interim offers come in. These Interim offers are often accompanied by Final Offers, they want to close this out as fast as possible in order to limit their liability. Nobody and I mean Nobody knows what the future holds. Hurricanes lobbing balls of Corexit and oil at the shore, devastated oyster beds, shrimp and fish populations decimated, If the lessons from the Valdez hold true the fish populations will not show the effects for a few years to come. Will the tourists come back, all what if`s. My thought is to take the GCCF interim claims until the true extent of the damage is known.

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