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BP Settlement News: BP Trying to Play the Victim Card

BP Settlement News

BP Settlement NewsBP’s new Advertising Campaign paints them as the victim of the Oil Spill incident, trying to discourage the filing of future BP Claims. 

It seems as if BP will try just about anything to stop paying out BP Claims. Their new full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are stating that many lawyers and claimants whose losses are not spill-related are benefiting from the settlement.

Establishing the new “BP Fraud-Hotline” is another scare tactic the company is using to deter claimants from filing. This hotline is for “people that want to do the right thing by reporting fraud or corruption” in any step of the claims filing process. Even though many believe the monkey business that was going on behind the scenes of the settlement was an isolated incident, BP is trying to scare people away from filing claims with the threat of being found guilty of fraud.

The Truth behind the BP Settlement

The truth of the matter is that BP AGREED to this court supervised settlement. THEY set up the guidelines and parameters. THEY established the affected “Economic Loss Zones” and determined the percent of decline and incline in revenue needed to prove the claimant’s causation.

Their negligence and greed caused the biggest oil spill disaster in history, they should be held accountable, and they should certainly be held accountable to pay the qualifying claims under the settlement they AGREED to.

BP’s tactic is delay, deny, and defend.

They delay BP Claim payment with incompleteness notices, document investigation processes, and appeals.

They deny BP Claims when they are missing one piece of documentation that is not accounted for.

They defend themselves by continually asking the courts to stall payments so they can keep gaining interest on the remaining amount left in the settlement.

They’ve asked to exclude certain industries from the settlement numerous times.

The fact of the matter is BP agreed to the terms of the Court Supervised Settlement. It was written to pay BP Claims which meet certain guidelines, and to exclude certain entities as well. Thus far, their efforts to change the guidelines of the settlement have been unsuccessful. They cannot rewrite the settlement they agreed to. If they are somehow able to change the settlement in their favor, something needs to be done for those that lost everything but were outside of a zone, or those who took quick pays for much less than they deserved when they had no other choice.

BPClaims.org is here to help with your BP Settlement

We are on your side. We fight for the people of the gulf. We know what BP is doing, and that they are trying to paint themselves to be the victims of fraudulent claims. Their greed and negligence took 11 lives in 2010. Who were the victims then? Who are the true victims? So many have lost their livelihood and health because of this disaster. BP is just a big corporation trying to keep their money in their pockets

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BP`s Logic or Lack there OF on the News

bp settlement  Last night a news segment aired in New Orleans which I highly recommend that you view. I found this report to be extremely informative and enlightening. It also gave a great overview of what exactly is going on and what is at stake for the claimants in reference to the BP Settlement situation. As I stated in the last several blogs, BP is trying to rewrite the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, the leadership of the Settlement and Judge Barbier are holding their feet to the fire. This news report explains why.

Here is the link to the report: News Link

 

 

BP Settlement News: Quick Pays and the Deadly Catch

BP Settlement News from the Gulf:     Shrimpers Stories

bp settlement  BP Settlement News from the Bayou. We have been hearing recently from shrimpers that are coming back in from the Gulf of Mexico and the Bays about the Health of the Gulf, the news is not good. Shrimp catches are down, way down. They are picking oil up in their nets more often then not. The shrimp and killfish they are finding in their nets have lesions, they are missing eye sockets, and they have a myriad of other issues.

The FDA says it`s fine to eat, we all know better. We have been told by numerous sources they just raised the testing levels of what is acceptable. The Shrimpers themselves have never seen anything like this in generations.

They are being forced to shrimp because many had taken Quick Pays, and it is the only hope of putting food on the table this year. The collapse of the Northern Gulf `s Seafood Industry can not be denied. If the BP Settlement does not address these issues, they in essence are forcing people to fish and exposing all of us to these deadly catches.

BP Settlement Quick Pays can still file Claims for VOO and Medical

If you took a Quick Pay or a final, you can still be a part of the VOO Settlement Class and the Medical Settlement Class under the BP Settlement. Many of you are sick but are attributing the High Blood Pressure to Stress and other factors. If you worked in the water or around the water during the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2010, odds are you are sick from the dispersant corexit and the oil.

There are tests that can help show this, one is called a Volatile Organic Compound Test, it measures the heavy metals in your body. If you are a fishermen, shrimper, crabber, and especially oystermen and clammer`s you need to go see a doctor.

We are hearing far to often of strokes and heart attacks, and are seeing a trend that is alarming. Many of you have not connected dots here. The BP Settlement can help you monetarily speaking, but you need to take the initiative when it comes to your health. The National Institute of Health is in the region taking hair, nail clippings and blood samples, they wouldn`t be there if it wasn`t serious.

The BP Settlement can only address so much, but the door is open if you took a Quick Pay to be a part of the BP Settlement for Medical and VOO Claims.

The BP Settlement and some random Thoughts

If the Northern Gulf goes into a full collapse, and experts are getting increasingly concerned about this, what do you think will happen to all the tourism. Owners of tourism and other related businesses please take note here. This will affect us all.

If the BP Settlement is to be fully utilized there needs to be some changes. First and foremost Quick Pays need to be addressed as soon as possible. You can not ask a man or a woman not to put food on the table for their families, if given the option of catching some tainted seafood, or their families starving, the choice is quite easy.

The BP Settlement needs to be proactive in its approach to paying people, especially paying those on the front lines. The BP Settlement should recognize the businesses that exist because of the Fishermen, Crabbers, Shrimpers and Oystermen, seafood processors and other assorted upstream businesses should receive higher multipliers if they choose to be a part of the BP Settlement.

BP Settlement and Multiple Claims

Many of you are entitled to multiple claims under the BP Settlement. Lets take for example a Fishermen that worked on the VOO Program who lives on the water.

If you have not taken a Quick Pay or a Final, you may be entitled to the following.

  • Economic Claims
  • VOO Claim
  • Medical Claim
  • Loss of Enjoyment Claim
  • Subsistence Claim

We will Help you with your BP Settlement and we will Help you if you choose not to settle, we have Licensed Claims Adjusters, and Attorneys that can and will help you. Their rates start at 7.5% for large loss claims over 1 million dollars. The standard rate is usually 15%.

We will Assist you with your BP Settlement and Beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

BP Settlement Agreement

BP Settlement Agreement

bp settlement agreementBREAKING NEWS: BPClaims.org is the first internet source to post the BP Settlement Agreement in its complete entirety and it is posted for your viewing. You can view the entire agreement here.

Please stay tuned to this website for the latest news and information on this BP Settlement Agreement.

This just came out within the last hour and it explains the new guidelines and process they will be using to get your BP Claims processed and paid.

This new process is much different than the GCCF process and is aimed to get people the money they lost due to the BP Oil Spill.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-BP-Claim.

To view a synopsis of the BP Settlement agreement click here.

We have claims adjusters that are filing claims on a contingency basis for 15%.  If you don’t get paid they won’t get paid.  These Claims Adjusters are at the top of their game and are getting people paid the compensation they truly deserve.

We also have attorneys working on the same contingency basis for between 20%-25%.   Our Attorneys will fight to get your settlement compensated quickly and for the correct amount of what you deserve.  These groups like us our out to help as many people as possible collect the losses people suffered due to BP’s negligence.

They are determined to get you rewarded and work on a contingency basis.  In order for them to collect fees they know they have to get you paid.  These BP Claims Experts know what documents are needed to prove the losses you suffered and get your BP Settlement approved and compensated.

These BP Claims Experts are standing by and are here to help you today.  We will help you get your BP Settlement.  Again our goal is to get you paid.  Please stay tuned for the newly released BP Settlement Agreement news and explanations.  We will keep you up to date on all new information and BP News.

For immediate assistance please fill out the free claim evaluation form to the right or call us now at 1-800-BP-Claim.  We will contact you today and get you signed up with the a BP Claims Expert who is ready to  get you the compensation you deserve.

BP Settlement Agreement Help

Our Claims Adjusters work on a contingency basis for 15%.  If you don’t get paid they won’t get paid.  These Claims Adjusters are at the top of their game and are getting people paid the compensation they truly deserve.  We also have attorneys working on the same contingency basis for between 20%-25%.

Our Attorneys will fight to get your settlement compensated quickly and for the correct amount of what you deserve.  These groups like us our out to help as many people as possible collect the losses people suffered due to BP’s negligence.

They are determined to get you rewarded and work on a contingency basis.  In order for them to collect fees they know they have to get you paid.  These BP Claims Experts know what documents are needed to prove the losses you suffered and get your BP Settlement approved and compensated.

These BP Claims Experts are standing by and are here to help you today.  We will help you get your BP Settlement.  Again our goal is to get you paid.  Please stay tuned for the newly released BP Settlement Agreement news and explanations.  We will keep you up to date on all new information and BP News.

For immediate assistance please fill out the free claim evaluation form to the right or call us now at 1-800-BP-Claim.  We will contact you today and get you signed up with the a BP Claims Expert who is ready to  get you the compensation you deserve.

 

We will help you Understand the BP Settlement Agreement

BPClaims.org and the BP Claims Settlement

The BP Claims Settlement is On

bp claims    BPClaims.org has had one of it`s main affiliates speaking with the new leadership of the BP Settlement. This is very exciting news as we are being given the opportunity to more fully understand how the BP Settlement process is going to work, and how it will fully benefit the people that come through our site, and desire to become a part of the BP Claims Settlement Process. The nice difference here is we are actually being asked for some input regarding the BP Settlement under the new leadership, unlike the GCCF. The BP Claims Settlement will be an opt in or opt out process.

Becoming a part of the BP Settlement

If you would like your BP Claims to be a part of the BP Settlement now is the time for you to fill out the form to the right, we are now taking in files for the Settlement and beginning to assemble them for the BP Claims Settlement. We are at the forefront of the BP Claims Settlement, as we engage with the new leadership we will keep you updated.

The GCCF and the BP Claims Transition

We are hearing that a lot of BP Claims are being denied for causation issues, and others are not receiving any future trending considerations under the BP Claims Settlement transition. Many of our claimants are electing to be a part of the BP Settlement, and have asked that we wait before sending in their paperwork.

BP Claims Settlement Eligibility

So, who can file BP claims in the Settlement, the information below is subject to change. There are a number of common factors shared by Business and Individual BP claims. They are the following:

– Any Individual/ Business that are eligible class members AND suffered an economic loss
can submit a claim.
– Eligible BP claims class members will be subject to several different types of specific
methodologies.
– These BP claims methodologies will take into account such factors as type of
business/employment,  geographic location and the nature of economic loss sustained.
– Upon determining these factors, a loss will be calculated and a specific RTP will be
applied to each type of claim.

Geographic factors for you BP claims will be divided into four zones. Causation will be applied depending on the locale your BP claims are based, or where your loss occurred, where your business or employer is located. More factors are applied by the new BP claims system,  but the positive side of this is that more people will get paid more money. Your BP claims award amounts will be more significant under the new BP claims system. The zones will most likely be applied in this manner:

– Zone 1: Will be most likely within 0,5 miles from the beaches of the entire Gulf Region,
from Key West to Galveston, TX.
– Zone 2: Not on the beach, but within 0.5 miles from the beach. Your BP claims will depend
upon these scenarios:
– Zone 2-A: You are a business or individual whose business or employer relies
directly upon the two Gulf resources, tourism and/or seafood. If you are a business, or
employed by a business that relies upon both resources, then chances are, your RTP
will tick-up, increasing the value of your BP claim.
– Zone 2-B: You area business not on the beach, not traditionally reliant upon tourism
or seafood. Perhaps you are a car dealership, real estate agent or catering services.
Causation will be your main issue, but at least you will not be denied so readily. If
you can say that you lost business because of the Spill, that you had cancellations
because of the Spill, can you document it? We can help you with the evidentiary
requirements for your BP Settlement claim.
– Zone 3: You are none of the pre-determinately denied business types within a mile from
the beaches, or coastline. Causation will be an issue for your BP claim. If you can claim
that your losses were caused by cancellations, lack of business, can you document it? Just
because you say it does not make it true. You must prove it. Causation did not disappear
with the new BP claims system.
– Zone 4: You are over a mile from the coast line. You must show a dependency upon the
Gulf Resources of seafood and/or tourism and must be able to document it.

BP Settlement Claims for Seafood Harvesters

A BP claim for economic loss available to commercial fishermen, crabbers, oyster harvesters and leaseholders will be a separate BP claim. BP has set aside $2.3 Billion to fund commercial fisherman BP claims. This particular fund excludes the processors of seafood, but it looks like it will include all the fishermen of the Gulf Region from Texas to Key West. BP Settlement Claims will cover the following types of commercial fishing industry business, or employment types:

– Vessel owners.
– Captains.
– Deckhands and crew.

These BP claimants must be able to prove that they fish in the Gulf or within specified Gulf waters.

BP Property Claims

1. Coastal Real Property Damage Claims: This class of BP Claim includes owners and
lessees of real, coastal property, boat slips and privately owned docks owned during the
time of the Spill from 4/20/10 through 12/31/10. The property must be within defined
geographical regions, or inside areas that were touched by oil.
2. Wetlands Real Property Damage: This is a new category of BP claims. The GCCF was
not inclined to pay BP claims for wetland owners because BP was reluctant to pay, in
the first place. The same standard of ownership time will apply to this BP claim. The
property must have been owned on 4/20/10 through 12/31/10, at the very least.
3. Real Property Sales: For the BP Settlement Claim program, for your BP claims, you must
have owned the property on 4/20/10 and the sale MUST HAVE occurred on, or after,
4/21/10 through 12/31/10. You must have suffered a loss on the sale, or below appraisal
value.
4. A New Potential Class: People With Reduced Property Values After the Spill: In the BP
Claim Settlement negotiations process, there has been some mention and support that
property owners, who owned their property on and after 4/20/10, would be able to recoup
property value loss from 4/21/10 through 12/31/10.

BP Claims Settlement (Medical)

BP claims regarding BP medical claims under the BP Settlement system will be divided into three categories of qualification:

1. Clean Up Workers: These BP claimants have been previously and consistently denied by
the GCCF. However, the fact that many of the individuals who participated in the Clean
Up Project have been harmed by exposure to Corexit and oil is now beginning to surface.

2. Some Zone-A Residents: The BP Settlement will regard these BP claims to qualify if
they are approximately on-half mile of the beach, or coastal areas. These are areas with
sandy beaches or firm shoreline. These BP claimants must have resided on the coast for at
least 60 days from 4/20/10 to 12/31/10. Currently, the BP Settlement will include Zone-A
residents from Grand Isle, LA to the Florida Panhandle.
3. Zone-B Residents: The BP Settlement will include Zone-B Residents to be those who
Reside near the beaches, greater than one-half mile, but within one mile. These potential
BP claims can also include residents of the wetland areas and residents from Grand Isle to
the Panhandle.

BP Claims Settlement Solutions

We at BPClaims.org have been at the forefront of this Disaster since the beginning. We can help you get your BP Claims paid. Our consultants charge just 15% of what you you receive, and if you need the help from Attorneys their fees range from 20-25%. We are dedicated to helping those affected by BP Oil Spill, we initially teamed up with Catholic Charities to get people aid, even before there was a BP Claims process. We look forward to helping you through this next phase of the BP Claims Settlement Process.

BP Settlement

BP Settlement

Looks Like we May See a BP Settlement

BP Settlement: Looks like BP may be ready to settle

BP Settlement News: As the February 27th trial against BP looms in the near future, BP Settlement rumors are flowing into the news. BP is looking to settle and the BP settlement amount is looking to be between 20-25 billion. This is on top of the $20 billion dollars that was used to set up the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to pay BP Claims. BP was responsible for the April 20th, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that killed 11 men and dumped enormous amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

If there is no BP Settlement, Judge Barbier will be hearing the case and without a jury to help, BP’s fate lies on his shoulders. This news comes after the new charges that claimants now look at, because Barbier decided that every claimant should pay 6% out of their BP settlement check to be put in escrow for the attorneys spending time on the multi district litigation. This initially meant that even people who are not involved in the multi district litigation will be lining the pockets of attorneys who are not representing their cases. This has since changed. Only cases at the MDL will be charged the 6%. This has taken some pressure off Judge Barbier. With the new talk of a possible 20-25 billion dollar BP settlement, people may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. A BP Settlement could be settled out before the trial, but just because they are trying to settle out does not mean that people have to settle. This will be the first of many lawsuits BP will face in the future.

Will the BP Settlement Come in Before the Trial?

If the US government and BP do not reach a BP Settlement for BP Claims then BP should prepare for court.  The trial will take place in court room C268 in New Orleans, and Judge Barbier will make the decision that will affect BP’s entire future. The court room can hold around 200 people, and on February 27th it will be busting at the seams. The multi-district litigation will include the majority of claims against BP, Haliburton and Transocean. It will also include state governments, individuals and businesses who show a loss as a result of the spill, and claims between the three companies on trial. Transocean was the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and Haliburton was the contractor that provided the cement that was supposed to seal the well. There are 533 separate cases rolled into one big trial, and there will be more cases added before the trial date. Lawyers are still taking cases and boosting their advertisements to get as many cases in this trial as possible. A commercial fisherman from Louisiana has put in a claim of $4 million from losses from the oil spill. The GCCF did what they have done for many claims and offered out only $25,000 to George Barisich. He has refused to settle and is one of the many cases that has joined the multi-district litigation hoping to collect from the BP Settlement. Many BP Claims have gone unpaid.  A BP Settlement is in BP’s best interest.

With over five hundred cases the court documents add up to more than 72 million pages. There are 303 video depositions and over 7700 exhibits in evidence. Ninety firms have worked over 230,000 hours on this case, and these are just the private sector attorneys. The Pre trial hearings are getting very interesting. The U.S .claims that BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum are all accountable under the Clean Water Act. This would penalize them anywhere from 1100 per barrel split to 4300 if the spill was a result of gross negligence or willful misconduct. The US government does not feel they will have any problem proving willful misconduct from Transocean at the least. As of right now BP and Anadarko are pointing fingers at Transocean and in turn, Transocean is pointing the finger right back. If the judge awards the maximum amount, these penalties could reach 20 billion alone.  BP would be better off to go ahead and agree to a BP Settlement.  Regardless of the verdicts, there will be appeals and BP will not be out of the woods for a long time to come.

Morgan Stanley believes there is anywhere from a 70 to 80 percent chance of a BP Settlement, and they will pay between 20-25 billion dollars to compensate all federal claims including possible criminal penalties.  This leaves a good chance that we will see a BP Settlement, and people will start getting their compensation.  BP, Transocean, Haliburton, Ken Feinberg, and the GCCF are under severe scrutiny in regards to negligence that caused the oil spill, and negligence and misconduct in paying claims out to the people who suffered from the BP Oil spill. The GCCF is still being audited, and criminal charges are a great possibility. Criminal charges have not been filed as of yet but the investigations into criminal negligence will likely cause a BP Settlement as quickly as possible. The government and BP both are willing to reach an agreement on the BP Settlement, its just a numbers game at this time. BP is going to have to offer a fair BP Settlement in order for people to be happy. If they offer an unfair amount, people are going to continue to fight.

BP Settlement: GCCF Still Denying Claims

Just this week BP has denied the 11.8 million dollar claim from Gulfport. The city put a claim in for lost sales tax, over $1 million in property taxes and over $6 million in community damages. BP stated that Gulfport has not given adequate documentation of sales or property tax losses from the time of the Oil spill. BP has already tried to settle out for $76,000 with Gulfport, but the offer was rejected. The city is still hoping that the claim can be settled without having to go to court but does not understand how a bp claim was worth $76,000 and now it is not worth anything.

BP Settlement: What we can do for you

Do you qualify for a BP Settlement: Again it is important to remember that just because BP settles out does not mean you have to settle on the amount.  The BP Settlement between BP and the U.S. does not mean you have to settle for a less than you deserve.  BP and the GCCF have a history of giving low ball offers, and not paying people what they truly lost as a result of the oil spill. BP will have no choice but to settle out. Do not be the one who settled for less than what was deserved. We have BP claims consultants and have connected with attorneys who will help you get the compensation that is owed to you and will fight the GCCF, BP, and Ken Feinberg. We are not standing down, and are still fighting to help as many people as possible get their BP Settlement.

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