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The BP Settlement and the end of the GCCF
The BP Settlement should have preliminary approval on Wednesday of this week, on the whole it does do the most amount of good for the most people, however the BP Settlement could do more. It could address the people that were victimized by Quick pays, it could pay people that are upstream from the fishermen such as the processors and give them better BP Settlement multipliers. The BP Settlement under Judge Barbier could truly make it right for so many people.
This will be Patrick Juneau`s swan song, in many peoples opinion. The BP Settlement will be ran by Judge Barbier and administered by Patrick Juneau, it is called the BP Court Supervised Settlement. The BP Settlement promises transparency and quick payouts. You do not need an Attorney to be a part of the BP Settlement, though some websites out there tell you, you do, they lie.
The BP Settlement and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility will be replaced by the new BP Settlement Fund. We have heard from Managers of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that they will be leaving their jobs on June 1st to be replaced by the new staff that will be running the BP Settlement on June 4th. The infamous days of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility are almost over, leaving Ken Feinbergs reputation ever tarnished. The Delay, Deny, and Defend tactics they used were unconscionable, forcing people to take quick pays or lowered final pay outs, just to save BP money, need to be addressed in the BP Settlement, or BP Class Actions will most definitely come into play. There are people now organizing Class Actions for people who took Quick Pays, how do I know because we are one of them.
The GCCF was an Abomination
Never in the history of a disaster such as this was an organization allowed to run rampant and to take advantage of so many. Over 200,000 people took the Quick Pays, people were promised Interim Payments, but instead got bombarded by Quick Pays. The GCCF knew that many people were starving and facing foreclosures.
I never did understand why President Obama and the leaders in the Banking Industry did not put a freeze on foreclosures in the most affected areas. Instead debts piled up and the GCCF took advantage of their own Delay tactics, and as bills piled up for many, and they moved closer to the brink, they began to break out the Quick Pay schemes. People were economically forced to take them and we ALL know this as a fact.
People were told numerous times that the GCCF had lost their paperwork, only to find that often the paperwork was simply mislabeled and put somewhere else in their file, another Delay tactic.
The GCCF went on to lie to major Attorneys in the Oil Spill litigation and told them to take in all the BP Claims they could and put them into the Bulk Upload, this allowed the Attorneys to register the clients and the heads of the GCCF said they would pay these clients even though limited paperwork was on file at the GCCF.
Many people thought there claims had been filed, indeed they were, but they were not payable, we know this because we have talked with the people processing them at Brown Greer and they were laughed at and denied. It seems the GCCF would use these people as targets for Quick Pays as well. We have often heard of people that filed with Attorneys would be approached by members of the GCCF waving 5k or 25k in front of them. These people never even filed claims individually with the GCCF. It is our belief that the GCCF used the many clients that were entered into the Bulk Upload as a contact list, to hit people that were disadvantaged by the whole Bulk Upload scheme so they could be hit by Quick Pays.
It seems as though the GCCF would tell one group one thing, and another group something else, which lead to confusion and aggravation and fewer BP Claims getting paid. People signed off their rights to further sue BP, just for a quick infusion of cash. The BP Settlement has the opportunity to right the many wrongs of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
How can we Help you with your BP Settlement.
We have connected with Licensed Claims Adjusters that have worked in this sort of Claims arena for years, they charge 15% for your standard claims and 7.5% for large loss claims. They can help with any BP Claims you may have.
Attorneys are used when needed for the BP Settlement, but there are strategic times and types of claims that they should be called upon. There are most certainly some BP Claims that demand using an Attorney, and when needed they will be. Attorneys traditionally start at 25%.
WE WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR BP SETTLEMENT.
Why Quick Pays need to be in the BP Settlement
Their Own Words
As Judge Barbier Considers the BP Settlement I thought we would post some of the emails from people who took Quick Pays or were offered BP Quick Pays, we all know these people were starved out and Betrayed by the GCCF under Feinberg, Judge Barbier has an opportunity to make this right under the BP Settlement.
We would appreciate any consideration of adding these people back into the BP Settlement so they could be properly compensated. Many of these people work on or in the water they have been exposed to Corexit and Oil and have suffered the side effects of elevated blood pressure, rashes, bloody stool, and death by heart attack and stroke.
These are the stories we hear day in and day out. They need your Help Judge Barbier, please grasp this opportunity to do what you can to Help them and get them into the BP Settlement..
All this being said, here is why they need to be added into the BP Settlement.
To whom this may concern…
My name is John I am an Oyster Harvester of the Apalachicola Bay,for 30yrs now.I have surely seen better days out on the water since the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant.
My father died in the Apalachicola Bay,so I feel a special connection to him being out there.It hurts me so seeing how much things have changed since the BP oil spill and oil dispersant.
This past year has been by far one of the worst and hardest oyster harvesting years.Being an Oyster Harvester for 30 yrs now,I know every oyster bed from Alligator Point to Indian Pass.I can take you personally to any one of them and show you first hand the effects the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant have caused.
The state oyster beds that did produce have severely been worked down by so many oyster harvesters having to work only in the beds that did produce.Has this hurt our providing for our families, ABSOLUTELY! The oyster catch went from 30 to 40 bags in a day to 12 bags on a good day.Oyster sales are down due to the BP oil spill.
The first year,2010, BP made out like the BP oil spill and clean up would only last a year.That lead to the Quick Pay claim or pay-off.Yeah, BP gave you an option all right,take the Quick Pay claim or risk getting nothing.
Here it is 2yrs later and because of the BP oil spill and dispersant,the life for a Oyster Harvester is getting worse not better.Not only did the BP oil spill hurt the Oyster Harvesters,so has the BP oil dispersant.
It is in our bay,The Apalachicola Bay and BP is so responsible for it and our losses.Loss of income or lack of,reduce in production due to the catch of oysters per bags caught in a day.Also the limits set by Oyster dealers because of low oyster sales.
I took the Quick Pay and put that money into my oyster business counting on BP to do as they promised.My business has suffered greatly.I have had to sell to other oyster dealers not being able to have a sales route myself because of lack of catch and sales of oyster.Sales have been drastically reduced due to the BP oil spill having affected the Apalachicola Bay. Now I don`t qualify for the BP Settlement my last chance at being made right.
A family simply can not survive off this way of living anymore because of the BP oil spill and BP oil dispersant.
Who will help this starving way of life and living now?Who will make this better for the Oyster Harvester and other fishermen of The Apalachicola Bay and The Forgotten Coast Line?
My husband had invested much of his life to commercial fishing, always investing our hard earnings back into our business to have a nice home, to send our children to better schools, and school functions is a must with my husband, and I. We owe our lives to the Gulf of Mexico with its plentiful oysters, shrimp, and crabs to live upon, and to sell to our community consumers. My husband served our country as a Marine for four years, but that was years ago. I just want to let you know what a great husband and father he is, as well as a great person he his to our community, and state.
He was on the water about to go fish for crabs, but with so much stress that came with the BP oil spill he had a stroke on his sons birth date Aaron 3/16/1990. His blood pressure was 265 over 110 My husband stayed in Tulane medical centers ICU for 3 nights, and on the ground floor for 2 nights. The Doctor Mrs. Martin said it was acute stroke, saying it was “acute” meaning very bad. We are now in speech therapy, and taking the steps for him to get better.
BP or the press needs to know how they are making the commercial fishermen starve to take the $25,000.00. BP has our paper work, and the information needed to at least give us an intern payment, but never.
The BP assistant (rep) said in 2010 the oyster grounds were open. I say BULL, I have the paper clipping on that year, and lets not forget our oyster vessel could not work, due to the closure. BP must know with a 50ft oyster vessel, crab vessel with 400 traps are not just for there looks. Why would BP ever have a question about the payment if our family has these vessels in our own back yard?
Our family are now on food stamps, and getting little help from the church. I now have a $85,000.00 dollar hospital bill, and bills from his MRI, and other tests that the hospital ran to make sure he had no bleeding in his brain. He has lost more then the BP Settlement could every pay us now. Shame on you. We own a 50 foot oyster vessel, crab vessel with about 400 trips that we live on to pay our bills, but the spill has made the waters baron with no seafood to support our families living.
Can you see now how my husband had his stroke? I will call it a BP stroke! We never called an attorney yet, because we thought that would hold up any payment we might have received, but this is my husband! How can you do this to a family? Oh, and never mind about the main issue of people working at Popeye’s that receive money. Where are their vessels?
A very upset wife of a fishermen. I would like to ask whom ever is reading this if their loved one had a stroke? Well, let me tell you that the person whom had the stroke is not the same anymore. He can’t talk, he can’t think, he lost his humor. Very sad indeed.
I see the loss amount you would like me to give you, BP has taken my life, my husband, and a father away from me and my family. It would be hard to tell you how much of a loss this was. The hospital in itself is $85,000.00 and counting. To get my husband back to whom he was, priceless. I’m a very nice women, but this is the result of stress from the BP oil spill. Our total loss is $350,000.00 and counting.
We will Never give up Helping these people and others affected by the Oil Spill, for us it is personal and we are here for the Duration.
We are Crusaders in Shorts though sometimes wear Suits, and we get BP Claims paid. Our organization is run by people for the people, and we have been doing it ever since the Oil Spill happened.
We work With
- Seafood Harvesters
- People with BP Medical Claims
- Business Owners
- Anyone affected by the BP Oil Spill
If you need help with the BP Settlement, we will Help You.
Our Licensed Claims Adjusters charge 7.5% for large loss claims and 15% for standard ones.
We use Attorneys only when needed, and they start at 25%.
We will Help you with your BP Settlement.
BP Claims Quick Pays need to Be Addressed
Now we have been an advocate for the BP Claims Settlement because we know many of you need help after the GCCF so miserably failed, but we have some concerns about settling your BP Claims and they need to be voiced. After a few weeks to digest the BP Claims Settlement this much has come to light. We have been talking to literally 1000`s of you.
BP and the GCCF had a plan from the very beginning to weed out and pay out as little as possible by dragging their feet and getting as many of you to sign Quick Pays as they could, and have no compunction of letting those who signed Quick Pays back to the table through the BP Claims Settlement, many of you are in the hardest hit industries, such as shrimping.
This is tragic, as homes went into foreclosure, and boats and cars were being repossessed, people were economically forced to take these Quick Pays, and that was all part of their plan, and finally when the BP Claims Settlement is about to take place, and it looks like you are finally going to be treated fairly, the last thing they want is this group back at the table. Shame on you BP. If you truly want to make things right treat everybody fairly.
The BP Settlement looks like a good thing for most people and Business, but for those that make a living from the Gulf, it stinks.
Nobody knows what the heck is going to happen in the years to come, we all know most catches are down across the boards, people are calling our oysters, “Oilsters”, stone crab catches are down dramatically, some shrimp catches are down by over 90%, and this is just the beginning of the fallout from the worst man made disaster in history.
As all of this is happening BP and the GCCF have been dragging their feet when it come to paying your BP Claims.
Who should Consider the BP Claims Settlement
If your Industry is not contingent upon with the Direct Health of the Gulf of Mexico and you live outside of the Areas that were most impacted by the Oil Spill, the BP Claims Settlement is pretty much a no brainer for you.
For example if you are a Realtor in Sarasota County, the waters of the Gulf seem to not have been affected there, strongly consider the the BP Settlement.
If you are a Shrimper out of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana we simply need more data then we currently have, and if you can economically afford it, wait it out, odds are you can`t, and many of you already took the BP Claims Quick Pays to save your houses and your boats, and you should have never had to do that, and you should at the very least, be able to be a part of the BP Claims Settlement.
As the BP Claims process has been going on, the price of gas has steadily increased, and by the time the settlement is done the gas prices will offset the penalties and the money that BP had to pay for its negligence.
The BP Claims process under Feinberg was a joke and everybody knows it, except it was a joke on Us the American people, and our President allowed it to be perpetuated. Sad but true. By the time anyone got around to doing anything about it, it will be 2 years later.
BP Claims Settlement Why?
Why do we all HAVE to settle anyway, why can`t people just get paid for what they have lost so far and a little extra for pain and suffering, wasn`t the original intent for them to pay Interim Claims, that`s right, about the time they were suppose to pay Interim Claims they hit us with the Quick Pay scam.
The fact is everybody affected right now should be getting Interim BP Claims money, but instead the Interim Claims were thwarted by the GCCF and Feinberg. We shouldn`t even be talking about about a BP Claims Settlement, we should be studying the true extent of the damage and coming up with ways to fix it.
So now they are finally going to come up with a bunch of cash before we know ALL the facts, and that`s suppose to cure everything. Tell that to our children, and our children’s children. As cancer rates begin to shoot up across the Gulf, especially with those exposed to Corexit, just as it happened in Alaska.
All of this is happening while people are dying, yes dying from the oil and the dispersant Corexit that was suppose to clean up this mess. The EPA even told BP not to use the toxic dispersant, but BP went right along and still used it, when there were several other organic alternatives available.
I can not tell you how many people we hear from on a daily basis whose health has been RUINED by the use of Corexit during the Oil Spill Clean Up process, and there was never any remedy for that in the BP Claims process until now in the BP Claims Settlement Program. I am glad to see that those suffering from medical complications will finally see some relief, but can you really put a price on it.
The BP Settlement will help a lot of people, but why do we have to settle now, why not just give us what you owe us, and when we know the true extent, then Settle with Us, in years to come it will come to light that many settled on the cheap just like the people who took the Quick Pays did, remember it took THREE YEARS for the true extent of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to be felt environmentally and economically.
To this day only 15% percent of the Herring ever came back to Prince Edward Sound. So they are aiming at ending the BP Claims and BP Claims Settlement to be done in about 3 Years, don`t you think that is rather ironic. It took 3 years just to figure out what was going on the last time we had a tragedy like this, and that one pales in size and comparison.
The fact is the BP Settlement is the best many of our legal minds, could to come up with. They would not have been put in this position had BP and the GCCF been fair about paying Interim Claims. There are groups of highly skilled Attorneys doing battle for Us in New Orleans as I write this, and it is appreciated, many of them work with us.
It looks like the BP Claims Settlement will be made available for many to see in the very near future. It even looks like it will help a lot of people and businesses, but it`s forgetting to address the people that were on the environmental and economic front lines, those that were making a living from the bounty of the Gulf, and did not have the savings in place to make it 2 years before the BP Claims Settlement took place.
Remember that the Gulf is a Renewable Resource what price tag can be put on it when the word Renewable is taken out of it, I`ll tell you what it is, PRICELESS, and that`s why they want to settle within 3 years.
BP Claims Solutions
We have heard from many of you that you want to settle and yes we can help you, we have heard from many of you that you are madder then Hell, and you want to litigate, and yes we can Help you too.
We have heard from still more of you about your frustration about being starved out, and being forced to take Quick Pays, and we are not done, nor will we ever be done Helping you, and keeping BP and others accountable.
It is our purpose through out this tragedy to assist you in any way we can, and to make sure that no matter what course of action you decide to take, you do so with eyes wide open. If you would like to speak to us about your possible options, please fill out the form to the right, or call 1-800-BP-CLAIM.
So when you think about the BP Claims Settlement, please think about what I mentioned above and see where you fall into, we have been doing this for a long time now, we are not bound to any particular Law Firm or any Particular Consultant Groups.
We just want to get your BP Claims in the Best hands, so that you are truly with BP Claims Experts that can best represent your particular BP Claims, and we know who they are.
We will Help you with Your BP Claims.
BP Claims Quick Pay touted by the GCCF as a Gift
According to our BP Claims Experts more then 50% of the BP Claims Quick Pays calculate out to be substantially higher then the 25k settlement offer. It doesn`t matter if your losses are 50k or 500k and supported by BP Claims documentation. I can`t tell you how many people I have spoken to that regret taking the BP Claims Quick Pays. The GCCF is surging ahead these days making BP Claims Quick Pay offers to business`s owners in mass. Often they will tell you, you don`t have all your paperwork together, or your oil spill claim is deficient in some way. Often the GCCF will deny your BP Claims only to circle back to you, and offer you the Quick Pay, making it seem like a gift. Let me assure you, the GCCF BP Claims Quick Pay is not a gift.
BP Claims Audit is on it`s way
The GCCF is not handling the BP Claims process fairly and people know it. The Attorney General from Mississippi (Jim Hood) and the Attorney General (Eric Holder) for the United States is taking them to court to audit the BP Claims process. Mr. Hood tried to get the information from the GCCF but they kept stalling him, sound familiar. In a last resort two of the top Attorneys charged with protecting the Rights of the People are gearing up to do battle for the People. If BP and the GCCF were handling the BP Claims process correctly, this would not be necessary.
BP Claims Quick Pays may get a second chance
A group of Attorneys have filed papers with Judge Barbier in New Orleans asking that the Judge review the Quick Pay system, because they charge that they are illegal under OPA. They further charged that BP Claims Quick Pays were offered to people that were under duress, and forced to take the BP Claims Quick Pays. If the Judge rules in favor of the Attorneys it could mean that people and business owners that accepted the Quick Pays could get a second chance to get what they deserve from the BP Claims Process.
What to do about your BP Claims and Quick Pays
First don`t let them pressure you into accepting the BP Claims Quick Pay, understand that this is part of their strategy to buy you out of suing BP for future damages. You need to get a second opinion on your BP Claims settlement offer from the GCCF, whether it is a Quick Pay or a Final Settlement. We have teamed up with several groups that will review your Claims Settlements at no charge, and if you have been offered a Quick Pay of 25k, they will only charge you for any any recovery above the 25k. There really are people out there that will help you with your BP Claims. Fees start at 15%, fill out the form to the right and start getting help with your BP Claims. Our Experts can also look at your oil spill claims while they are still a the GCCF, if they are Under Review or have been Denied, there is help for your BP Claims.