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DeepWater Horizon Settlement Thoughts

The BP Settlement Matures

bp settlementWith Judge Barbier`s final approval of the BP Settlement, combined with finally seeing a sample set of all types of claims get paid or receive offers, we more fully understand how different types of claims, in different zones will be treated.

Should we have had this understanding before the opt out date, sure, but we have to play the cards we have been dealt.

On the bright side our processing side can tell you if you have a claim, as long as you have the financials to support it, in hours, and not days.

The maturation of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement has accelerated our ability to process claims, and help people better understand if indeed they fit into the BP Settlement.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Incomplete Claims

What many people and businesses are experiencing are Incomplete Notices, for many, these come one, after another, after another, after another, you get the idea.

It would be beneficial if the leadership at the DeepWater Horizon Settlement could facilitate it so that  ONE CHECKLIST of everything that the Claimant or Claims Preparer needed to complete the Claim was furnished to them.

This would end a lot of frustration on everybody`s part. If you are experiencing Incomplete Claims Notices and are at then end of your rope, we will be happy to assist you, we can handle most of them for as little as 10% of the eventual recovery.

Settlement Zones and NAICS Codes

There are still some issues with Settlement Zones and NAICS codes, what is considered tourism, what is not tourism.

We are also seeing a large number of claims that are clearly in HIGH Volume Tourism Destination areas that don`t fit under the Tourism NAICS codes get labeled non-tourism.

There are cures for that, but as usual you have to jump through a few more hoops, and dot your i`s and cross your t`s.

The multiplier for a non tourism related business vs. tourism related business makes it worthwhile.

BP Business Claims

Many businesses that are applying for the BP Settlement are eager to know if they have the correct financials in order to have success under the terms of the Settlement. If you own a business, and are looking for answers surrounding your claim, or possible claim, don`t hesitate to call us, and our in house experts will be happy to assist you. We have forensic accountants, and other BP Claims Professionals that will be happy to help you, we are not attorneys.

Individual Claims in the BP Settlement

Individual claims in the BP Settlement are still running into all kinds of road blocks with in it`s framework, these people need to be handled in a more expedient manner. We deal with lots of individuals and understand there frustrations, some are better handled by attorneys for various reasons, and some we can assist, either way this has been a bone of contention for many of you. Many of the people that are on our facebook site have run into these same obsatcles, if you need help, please feel free to contact us, if you would like to talk to a group of people that have faced similar challenges check out our Facebook Page at BPClaims.org Facebook

Old GCCF Claims

When the GCCF Closed it`s doors they had almost 1 Million Claims that they were processing, what happened to all of these claims, well for the most part, people and businesses did not update them for the BP Settlement.

The last update that I read from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement, they had approximately 91,000 people and business that had filed with the Settlement.

Within the Judges order he said they anticipated over 1 Million claims to apply for restitution.

If you have a claim, that was with the GCCF it is time to get back on it, and update for the BP Settlement. If you are wondering if you have a claim that qualifies fill out the form or call us at 1-800-BP-CLAIM.

BP VOO CLAIMS

We have had BP appeal various VOO Claims for a variety of reasons, usually people had lost there Master Vessel Charter Agreement, or other needed documents. We have developed several workarounds for these issues. We have gotten VOO Claims through the process in as little a 2 weeks.

The BPClaims.org Network

We have the largest network of BP Settlement Professionals from Key West to Houston. Traditionally we charge just 15% for assisting you with your claim, we don`t get paid until you do.  We pride ourselves on the individual attention we provide our clients.  You will always receive a call back from our Claims Advisors…we look forward to speaking with you!

If there is one thing that separates us from other Claims Groups and firms, it is our Accessibility. Many of our clients don`t just reach our staff at the office, but often have their personal cell phone numbers, we pride ourselves on being here for the client, and getting the job done.

We will Help You with Your BP Settlement.

BP Settlement Gets Judges Approval

Judge Barbier Approves the BP Settlement

deepwater horizon settlement  If you follow the doomsday theorists, 12/21/12 was suppose to be the end of the world, well, not really, it was the first day of the official BP Settlement. Any connection, probably not, but Judge Barbier did lay a compelling and substantive case as to why The DeepWater Horizon Settlement should move forward. You can read it for yourself here.

There are issues with the settlement, but the fact of the matter is we all just want to see people and businesses get paid, and this is what we have to work with. There was a lot of interesting information in the 125 page document. Most compelling was the Judges rebuttals of the numerous objections raised. The Judge provided his thoughts in great detail as to why he thought certain objections did not have merit, or were basically outweighed for numerous reasons, citing a variety of case law.

I still believe there are issues with the Customer Mix Test and NAICS codes, but much of that can be handled with an Appeal, and we will all see how those Appeals are handled. If David Duval who heads up the BP Settlements Appeals division can get adequate compensation for the BP Settlement Claims that deserve it, and if he is given some latitude in correcting NAICS codes and other assorted anomalies, then I think the BP Settlement is a strong substitute for litigation. We will see how this aspect of the process unfolds, and how much leeway he and his Team are given. There is a lot riding on this aspect of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Structure.

Seafood Compensation Program (You have 30 Days)

Under the terms of the BP Settlement, people that are taking part of the Seafood Compensation Program only have 30 Days after the Judges approval to present their claim to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund for Approval. That means the clock is ticking and if you haven`t filed yet, you need to.

BP Settlement Numbers

91,000 people had so far filed with DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund. They expect that number to hit over 1,000,000, hopefully many more will come to the table now that the Judge has formally approved the BP Settlement.

Excluded Claims Have Until January 19th to be Presented to OPA

If you were excluded from the BP Settlement you must have your claim filed by January 19th. That means you need to act now, to protect your Rights. We have people that can Help You.

These types of businesses and their employees that are for the most part Excluded from the Settlement.

  • Most Casino Type Institutions;
  • Most Fund, Trust, and Banking Entities;
  • Most Defense Contractors;
  • Most Oil & Gas Industry Entities;
  • Most Insurance Companies;
  • Bodily Injury Claims;
  • BP Shareholder Suits;
  • Moratorium Loss Claims;
  • Claims relating to Menhaden (or “pogy”) fishing, selling, processing, and harvesting;

Claims for Damages by Companies or Individuals for employment in the Financial, Insurance, Banking, Gaming, Oil & Gas, Defense Contractor industries, and Real Estate Development, as well as Entities selling or BP-branded fuel.

GCCF Denials and Stalled Claims

If you had filed with the GCCF and been denied or been stalled, there is still hope for your claim under the BP Settlement. For all of its flaws, and it still has a few, in this writers opinion it is a whole lot better then what the GCCF was under Mr. Feinberg. It is transparent, it has a clear methodology, and it is not arbitrary. The folks that run the DeepWater Horizon Settlement want to pay you, and many claims that were shunned by the GCCF are welcomed under the terms of the BP Settlement.

Multiple Store Locations

We have seen a tremendous growth in Companies with multiple stores, in multiple locations, making BP Settlement Claims with us as of late. These claims have a different parameters to meet, as they are often located in a number of different Settlement Zones, often with a Headquarters that is not located in any of the Settlement Zones. We have seen an influx of Real Estate Companies, Restaurants, and assorted other Franchises ask us for assistance, we have a separate Division specializing in assisting these entities.

VOO Claims

We have had great success in getting VOO Claims through the system. We have even gotten them through after BP has appealed them. We have heard that BP is appealing them at a more frequent rate, and we can help you, we have gotten some through in as little as 2 weeks.

What will we See Next

Now this part is pure conjecture mixed with some facts, I am not an Attorney, but we are pretty involved in all of this, and I think we have a good read, and some inside track to what will happen next.

  • The DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund will pick up speed processing claims.
  • More Staff will be hired to necessitate the above.
  • More Individuals will begin to see their claims get Paid.
  • More Claimants will come to the Table.
  • Some Latitude will be given to the Appeals Division for NAICS code issues

The BPClaims.org Network

I am so proud of all of the people that make up our Internal Staff, I have never met a group of people that really put the Claimants welfare at such a high paramount. It is all working as intended, and this could not be done without your continued vigilance on the claimants behalf, and the compassion that you all have displayed over the last couple of years. As we have begun to add more staff, and create different Divisions, I am sure this trend will continue.

Partners within the Network have all displayed similar characteristics, and have been working 7 days a week to meet the Claimants needs.

We process your BP Settlement Claims for as little as 15% without using Attorneys, and slightly more if they are needed.

 

 

The BP Settlement Awaits Approval and it has Issues

Awaiting on Judge Barbier`s Approval

bp settlement  The BP Settlement has been waiting for the final approval from Judge Barbier, many interested parties in the BP Settlement are simply baffled as to why the Judge has not yet approved the BP Settlement.

It was expected that the Settlement would meet with quick approval and BP had been pushing for it. Most industry experts had thought that it would be left pretty much untouched by the Judge, and that he would sign of on it quickly.

I think that this is actually good news for people, the Judge is taking his time, this is a major step forward, and there are still pieces that are broken, and need to be fixed.

A major issues with the BP Settlement

On the front burner these days is the NAICS system that they use to figure out what kind of businesses meet the types of criteria within the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.

For example: We have recently represented a well known Spa on Siesta Key. This spa caters to many of the tourists that visit Siesta Key from across the nation. Siesta Key is a well known tourist destination and was designated with the Best Beach in America by Doctor Beach.

The NAICS code for this spa designated as non tourist. That meant instead of having a multiplier of 2.5 for their 2010 losses due to the spill, they were given a a multiplier of .25%.

This left the owner of the store frustrated and us gearing up for an appeal. We are very thankful that we believe the owner, who kept records of the majority of her guests will prevail.

We have a 100% success rate in appealing DeepWater Horizon Settlement that we felt had the grounds to appeal.

The issue here is many business do not keep these records, and credit card companies have been less then friendly in helping businesses prove their client base due to privacy issues.

The Customer Mix Test

The Customer Mix Test was meant to cure these issues but it has turned out to be about impossible without the assistance of the major credit card companies. I am sure that BP knew all of this when they structured the settlement. Instead of being a good work around for companies trying to prove their losses, it is more of a MAJOR BLOCKADE.

For many zone D claimants and possibly some in zone C  they may need causation documents that:

Identify the customers residences and the amount of revenue generated from their purchases.  This is impossible without the credit card companies assistance.

A decline of 10% in the share of total revenue generated by non local customers over a period of three consecutive months or more from May-December 2010 as compared to the same three or more consecutive months in 2009.  You need to know how many of the business customers resided more than 60 miles from the business and the amount of revenue generated from their purchases.

A decline of 10% in the share of total revenue generated by customers located in gulf coast areas over a period of three consecutive months or more from May to December 2010 as compared to 2009.  They need to know how many of the customers resided on the Gulf Coast and the amount of revenue generated from their purchases.

So in simple terms a credit card receipt showing purchases amount and city and state or zip code would be sufficient. The difficulty has been getting the credit card processing companies to cooperate due to the privacy issues mentioned above.

BP Claims Help

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BP Claims Settlement a Reality Check

BP Settlement and How We got Here

BP Settlement  The days are coming to a close when you will have to decide whether you are in or out of the BP Settlement. It’s actually very sad that some of you will have to wait years to ever see a penny from BP.

They deployed their strategy long ago through Feinberg, when he made certain that many of your claims would never see the light of day; through the delay, deny, and defend tactics employed by unscrupulous insurance companies.  When he replaced World-renowned Claims Adjusting Companies with Law Firms with no experience in this sort of matter, to Process your claims, we all got screwed.

I am not saying that this was intentional on his part or their part, but when you look at a typical textbook play of how to thwart payments to claimants after natural disasters, major manufacturing mishaps, and pharmaceutical negligence you can now add the BP Oil Spill to the list.

The Settlement

If the BP Settlement survives, and I am betting it will, certain businesses that only show losses in 2010, but not 2011 will be the major winners. Individuals and businesses without a clear-cut or well-documented cases will simply have to wait. People who made a living from the Gulf will be compensated in some cases but most will be lost for years in the system. There needs to be some wiggle room, so that more people/businesses can fit into the Settlement framework.

And, we needed a better sample set of claims that would get PAID under the Settlement, but I am afraid a certain Processor made sure that would not happen, and used incompetence as the mechanism; very legal, very smart, and very shameful.

This trap was set a long time ago when Obama met with BP and struck the 20 Billion Dollar Deal. When Obama hired Mr. Feinberg he allowed BP to pay him and let him play by their rules.

Obama should have seen this coming and protected us, but he let BP dictate everything, from clean up to Corexit, from payouts to processing, it was never in our hands, it was always in BP’s.

We have seen a wave of offers come through lately, and have been promised payments for them soon, but we have seen nothing in the mail and, the clock is ticking. It is difficult for many to stay in the settlement if your claim is in limbo, and before November 1, 2012, you have to make a decision to either stay,  and find out you may not qualify, and get nothing, or go, and enter a third claims program actually run by BP, before you can even litigate.

The Settlement needs more time, the people need more time, the process needs more time. It is in my humble opinion, that the deficiencies of the BP Settlement have just begun to be addressed, and there is a great framework to work within here, but we need to see some fruit, we need to see how claims will be treated. There is just to much uncertainty, and that is leading to Fear, and to many people are capitalizing on that,

What Happens Next OPA, Opt Out`s, and Beyond

With the Opt-Out date looming, many of you will be told by Attorneys that you will need to Opt-Out now and sign with them immediately for the ‘Oil Pollution Act’ (OPA) presentment and maybe we can get you paid under OPA. You do NOT need an Attorney for OPA Presentment.

At this time, the Attorneys/Individuals/Consultants will need to have your basic information, and approximate loss figures into OPA, in by January 20th, 2012, so they can be formally presented by April 20th, 2013.

This will be the THIRD Claims process that many of you will be going through. Yes, the third claims process; this is how they wear people down.

Let me be clear hear, if you choose to Opt-Out you do not need to immediately sign up with an Attorney, if want help finding the best Attorneys that handle your type or types of cases, we can help you there, and we will.

In all Actuality you don`t even need an Attorney, not just yet, but be ready.

Do Not Opt Out Just Yet.

The leadership of the Settlement has done their best to get the system set up, and your claims processed as quickly as they could.

The reality is the odds were stacked against them from the beginning, and it took them too long to figure it out. Using the same processors that the GCCF used was ludicrous, and they were ordered to do so. People in high positions, based on past relationships trusted them, they were deceived.

Remember who hired them and fired the people that actually knew how to process these claims, yep, good old Mr. Feinberg. BP paid Mr Feinberg, and paid him well.

It gets better, or actually worse, under OPA presentment your claims will go to The BP Claims Program based out of Houston Texas.

The BP Claims Program is run by guess who, and administered by guess who, BP, it`s like taking the lambs to slaughter and guess who are the lambs?

That`s Right BP will be in-charge of paying your OPA Claim, so who in their right mind would be in rush to put their claim in their hands?  Not Me.

Choices

It is my humble opinion and I am not an Attorney, that you can either be lead to slaughter or choose to fight; call your congressmen, your senators, and vote in the upcoming election.

Many of you on our Facebook page have talked about Marching, I suggest New Orleans, It`s all up to you.

Isn’t that how we do things here in America, so if your as fired up as I am, jump onto our Facebook page and lets start talking about the details.

I have been told that Judge Barbier and Mr. Juneau are very solid Southern Men.  Gentlemen we have people dying out there, not just economically, but from the use of Corexit 9500.  I was told last week that 3 out of 4 boys died from one family in Plaquemines Parrish from Liver Cancer.  These boys were children.

Guys that worked the VOO are dropping like flies.  We hear these stories on a daily basis and nobody is doing a darn thing about it.

BP is Negotiating with the Department of Justice

As I am write this, BP and the Federal Government are negotiating another BP Settlement with the DOJ that is suppose to bring as much as 80% of that revenue back to the Gulf States under the Restore Act. The number is in the Billions; speculation is between $15B-$21B  May I suggest the feds step in and help renegotiate the Settlement that BP and the PSC came up with, and specifically give Mr Juneau and Judge Barbier some latitude and more power to handle this their way, and not have to ask BP or the PSC for permission. Things need to get done here!!!

It`s just a thought. If there was ever time to hold BP`s feet to the fire and get something done for the people I think now might be a real good time.

And One more Thing

The Macondo Well is still leaking, there is speculation from the Coast Guard and other sources it is an old riser pipe, well it`s been leaking for a really long time now.

The Oil was tested, and it is Macondo Oil and it is fresh oil, not mixed with the sludge you would find in a riser pipe, and does it not make this whole darn process null and void, under OPA, because you can`t settle a catastrophe while it is still happening. At least find out for sure where the oil is coming from first. Can anyone say R.O.V, c`mon now.

There is a six mile, and some days much bigger, Oil Stream coming  from the Macondo Well.  It sounds like the BP Oil Spill is STILL HAPPENING.

We would never be having this conversation had Feinberg done his Job, and actually paid Interim Payments.

 

We at BPClaims.org will do whatever we can do to Help You.

We have Never and will Never put Profit in front of People.

We have the most extensive network of Claims Processors and Attorneys throughout the Gulf Coast. They charge 15-25%.

We care and it shows, and we are going to call it like we see it, ’til everybody is made as whole as they can be.  I mean everybody.

God Bless…B

 

 

 

Top Tier CPA Firm takes on Incomplete Business Claims for 10%

BP Settlement Solutions for Business Claims

bp settlement  If you are sure your BP Business Claim fits into the BP Settlement, we have asked a CPA firm to help you with INCOMPLETE CLAIMS for 10%, as long as they don`t have to recreate your claim.

The fact is this, if a good piece of the work is done, why should you have to pay for it. This firm specializes in Business Claims, it is one of the largest in the country, and they have helped file 1000`s of claims for Attorneys and local businesses.

They have one goal in mind, and that is to help you get your BP Claims PAID.

Please fill out the form to the right, this is just for Incomplete Business Claims

Opting in or Opting Out

After reading the last progress report from the Fund, I am still seriously disappointed at the Individual Claims numbers.

I don`t understand how they can not extend the opt out date, it just has to be done. Otherwise there will be a mass exodus.

People are tired, and if you think you are owed money, and you probably are, you may want to put it in the hands of an Attorney. If you are thinking about opting out we have law firms that want to help you and will. Just fill out the form to the right and write in Opt Out in the description.

If the opt out date is not extended people will be forced to protect their rights, and BP needs to be held accountable.

Claims are getting Offers

We have seen over 8 million dollars in claims get offers in the last couple of weeks, (between our network . It was a hopeful sign, and one that we all welcomed, what we need to see is for those people to actually receive the checks now.

I believe they will, but it needs to happen sooner then latter. I think we have all waited long enough.

So what does the Future Hold

I`m trying to figure that out as I write this, the individual numbers are a sticking point for me. I am beginning to believe that they want to see these claimants represented by Attorneys so there is some sort of Class procedure that can come into play.

Business claims seem to be getting handled as do other sorts of claims. If you think about it, and you want to stimulate the economy, you put the money in the hands of business people and hopefully it all trickles down.

For many, if you do not fit into the Settlement you will need to Speak to an Attorney, they charge 25%

If your claim fits in to the Settlement and you would like to use one of our CPA`s or Adjusters the fee is 15%

 

Check Your BP Claims Status, even if you are with an Attorney

BP Settlement Claimants can Now find Out Their Status

bp settlement  We have been hearing from many of you, that you don`t know where your BP Claims stand. Most of the Claims are with Attorneys, though some are with Consultants, and the answers that claimants are receiving are vague at best. Some Groups have created client portals so the clients know exactly where they stand, we applaud them.

People need to know where their claim is at, in the process, whether you are with a CPA, an Adjuster, or an Attorney, now there is a solution.

We have been lobbying the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Leadership for over a month for this, clients can NOW check their status even if they are with an Attorney. We would still like to see the claimants get more details as to what has been filed for them.

Here are the instructions from the Settlement Fund.

Claimants and other users are now able to check the status of their claims without having to create a login and password for the DWH Portal by using the new Check Status Portal.  The Check Status Portal only shows current statuses. The Portal does not allow users to view or respond to Notices, upload documents, or submit Registration Forms and Claim Forms.

Users can login to the Check Status Portal through the DWH website (www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com). To access the Check Status Portal, users must click the “Check My Status” link in the middle of the Home page.

To log on, the user must enter a DWH Claimant ID and the last four digits of the claimant’s Taxpayer ID.  The user must also type the security code shown on the screen. After a user successfully logs on to the Check Status Portal, he or she will see three sections: Claimant Information, Claimant Status, and Claim Status.

For security purposes, the Claimant Information section will only show the DWH Claimant ID and the last four digits of the claimant’s Taxpayer ID. The Claimant Status section shows the claimant’s overall status and the Claim Status section shows the status for each claim.  The Status column shows the current Status or Notice.  The Status Date column shows the date the Claims Administrator issued the Status or Notice. The Response Deadline shows the date by which the claimant must respond to a Notice.  Not all Notices have Response Deadlines.  If the Response Deadline column is blank, the claimant does not need to respond. You can also call them directly at 1-866-992-6174

U.S. is Pursuing Gross Negligence charges against BP

U.S. Department of Justice will be pursuing gross negligence charges against BP. This could mean that BP will have to pay out another 21 Billion Dollars. The D.O.J said that BP displayed a “culture of corporate recklessness.” The trial is set to start in January, meanwhile BP`s stock is falling.

Parishes Under Water

We have been hearing from many of our Claimants that they have lost their houses and boats in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. We have heard from many of you that are still in shelters. We have been calling people to let them know their claims have been given offers, only to hear that they have lost everything. Our hearts and prayers are with you, many of you have become friends through this process, we are with you.

BP Settlement Solutions

We can Help You or your Business navigate the waters of the BP Settlement, fees start at just 15% for most claims. We have an incredible group of Claims Adjusters and Accountants that have been working to get people paid for a long time. We care about our Clients, and it shows. Our network of BP Claims professionals extends across the Gulf Region.

Non Attorneys typically charge 15%.

Attorneys typically charge 25%.

 

We will help you with your BP Settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

DeepWater Horizon Settlement “The Wave”

BP Settlement and what should be next

bp settlementThere is a lot of pure conjecture going on about the BP Settlement, some based in Fact, and others are pure fiction. The BP Settlement is about to pay, and pay BIG, people that are in our circle, are getting calls on a daily basis from Brown Greer and Price WaterHouse asking for updated information. This is a good sign that the BP Settlement Claims process is going to start paying out soon.

Expect BP Settlements Soon

From what we have been hearing, expect a major wave of BP Claims to receive offers around September 10th. That seems to be the date everyone that is in the know keeps referring to. I would not be giving you all dates if I didn`t think it was about to happen myself.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Claims

So lets say you receive an offer from the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund, what happens next? Well first you either accept it, or decline it, or you may wish to appeal it. Lets say you accept it, first remember whatever other claims you may have, must be settled within the terms of the Deep Water Horizon Settlement. Now from what I keep on hearing BP still has the right to appeal your settlement offer but has a limited amount of time to do so.

  • If your Claim is under $250,000.00 BP has 10 days to appeal your Claim
  • If your Claim is between $250,000.00-500,000.00 they have 15 days to appeal your Claim
  • If your Claim is over $500,000.00 they have 20 days to appeal your Claim

Now mind you this is my summation of it, I am not a lawyer, I just think people need to be aware of a few things, more on the appeals process in my next blog, and how it can work for the claimant.

Updating Your GCCF Claims

If you had a claim at the GCCF it has to be updated for the BP Settlement. If you need Help and would like people that we think can help you do so they charge 15%. You need to update you BP Claims that were at the GCCF so you can get paid by the Settlement.

There are only 54,000 BP Claims at the BP Settlement as of now, expect that number to soar as soon as the money begins to hit the streets, my advice is to get on this now, not when everyone in town is sending in their paperwork at the same time.

We have seen this before, for example when the GCCF finally started paying out, waiters and waitresses were some of the first to get checks, then came all of their friends, and I mean lots of friends. The same thing is going to happen when the Settlement fund begins to pay.

If you need Assistance from what I feel are some of the Best Adjusters, and CPA`s in the country handling this process please fill out the form to the right. They have a proven track record of collecting from BP and their fees start at just 15%.

If you need the Assistance of an Attorney their fees are usually around 25%.

Best of Luck to All,

We will Help you with Your BP Settlement,

BP Settlement a Few Thoughts

The October 1 Opt Out date needs to be Extended

bp settlement  There has been a lot of conversations lately about the BP Settlement. A number of High Powered Attorneys would like to see the opt out date of October 1 to be extended. Personally I think it makes sense. The BP Settlement is just becoming better understood by so many. It wasn`t very long ago that we all got the terms of the settlement and got a handle on how to process BP Claims for the Settlement.

Everybody has had a pretty fast learning curve to grasp, new processing methods, new formulas, and more documentation. Do you all know what it is like to collect documentation, let me tell you all from first hand experience, it is not easy.

That being said, The GCCF has such an inconsistent methodology, rule changes when ever it suited them, a number of Attorneys and others decided to take a wait and see approach, and after a lot of disappointments with the GCCF, many were thinking more about going to trial then submitting anymore claims that were just not going to see the light of day under the GCCF. Initially I had some real issues with this, I went head to head with a number of Attorneys over this issue,  but can now see the logic and their point of view, and to a few of them I apologize, you know who you are.

Then came the Settlement, new leadership, new guidelines, new timelines. The Settlement was granted preliminary approval on May 2, basically 3 months ago. Some of the Attorneys in this litigation have over 10, 000 claims some even more then 20,000 claims, that`s a lot of claims. There is no way on God`s green earth that with all of the claims the Attorneys have in house, and many are now processing in house, they can handle these kinds of caseloads in that amount of time, and if they are not granted more time the New BP Settlement Fund can be assured that these Attorneys will be opting out the MAJORITY of their case loads, and I don`t think any of us want that.

BP Settlement and Transparency

On a different note but in the same vein, we get a lot of calls from people that want to know where their claim is at with their Attorney, we tell them to call their Attorney, some Attorneys choose not to return phone calls, it would be a wonderful mechanism if people who had Attorneys could check on their claims without having to call their attorneys. This would eliminate a lot of problems, people would know where their claims were at, they may even be able to find out what documentation they need to provide, and it would help make the process more transparent all the way around. Some Attorneys have tackled this problem head on and created client portal so the clients can see exactly where their claims are at, we think that`s a heck of an idea, but also think it would be great if this was spearheaded by the leadership of the Settlement and it was done for all claimants, sorry guys, I know you have a lot on your plate but it would HELP a lot of people.

Corexit and The Oil Spill

Since I am on my soap box for this particular blog, lets talk about Corexit, sick people getting sicker and what we are hearing from you. There are two very alarming trends out there one is the amount of people that work in the water like oystermen dieing from strokes. Blood pressure spikes seem to be a common theme from everyone we talk to who has been in contact with Corexit. These men and women and particularly clean up workers, voo workers and oystermen are experiencing an exceptionally high amount of strokes and heart attacks. The National Institute of health is running around the Gulf taking hair and nail samples, this should speak volumes.

The other trend we are hearing about is the amount of women and families that are experiencing miscarriages and babies that have been born sick and not making it. Many of these people had direct contact with Corexit, and worked on the Oil Spill. this is a tragedy at the highest level, and why more has not been done to help All of these people I have no idea.

Quick Pays

You didn`t think I wasn`t going to mention quick pays, anyone who reads this blog knows that of all the screwing of the people worst hit by the oil Spill, Quick Pays were the worst thing to happen to most of the fishermen and businessmen affected by the spill. Nobody ever even knew Quick Pays were going to be a part of the process, we all were told people would be able to take Final pays and Interim claims, which actually made sense. When Feinberg unleashed the Quick Pay Scam and suckered people into taking this blood money so they could save their houses, boats, cars and families he did the biggest disservice to The People of the Gulf, people did not even know how long their livelihoods would be affected, and for a messily 5k or 25k many gave up their right to Sue BP, this needs to be fixed and fixed soon.

Just a few thoughts and by the way I am for the BP Settlement we just have a few things that need to be addressed.

Best of Luck to All, and Gods Speed,

Bill

BP Settlement: Its time to get YOUR BP Claims Paid

The BP Settlement is for Real

bp settlement We are happy to report that claims of ALL sizes and Industries that are covered under the BP Settlement are either getting offers, or going Under Review.

One of our Consultants/Adjusters that has around 300 claims submitted under the Settlement, has had over 15 come under review in the last week, others are getting offers on a consistent basis.

This time Under Review is certainly a step in the Right direction, under the GCCF it was a joke. Claims sizes ranged from 10k-700k, and covered individual claims,fishermen claims, Voo Claims, and business claims.

This is great news, we thought the new BP Settlement fund would just start at the smaller claims and work their way up, there were early indications that`s what they were doing, a few weeks into it there are new signs, all sorts of claims are receiving offers, and they are coming in on a regular basis.

Have you updated your GCCF claim so it meets the requirements of the BP Settlement

Under the terms of the BP Settlement, if you had a BP Claim under the GCCF, you will need to update some information and pass some financial tests. It is important to update this information so your claim can meet the new requirements. If you would like help we have Access to a fantastic group of Claims Adjusters and CPA`s who specialize in the BP Settlement.

They have over 300 trained CPA`s and a whole division specializing in the BP settlement led by the Best BP Claims Adjuster in the Country, at least in my estimation.

Their fess are 15%.

They Can Help You With

  • Claims that were still at the GCCF and not updated for the Settlement
  • Business Claims
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  • Seafood Compensation Claims
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  • New Claims

The BP Settlement still has along way to go

Its still going to take awhile for people to become believers. There are still some major obstacles, and many of them have merit.

Pam Bondi has a valid point that more of Florida should be covered.

Quick Pays need to be readdressed because what happened there was heinous.

Attorneys looking to opt out their entire case loads, especially if the opt out deadline is not extended. Lets face it it takes time to put these claims together.

We all want this to work,  Mr. Juneau and his staff have a lot of work ahead of them.

This all pales in comparison to what happened to the people, well it`s time for folks to get paid, and the time seems to be now.

Our Ajuster/CPA Group charges a 15% contingency fee to help you with your BP Settlement.

1,100 Offers sent on Friday by the BP Settlement Fund

The BP Settlement sent out it`s first Offers

bp settlementIt has been reported that over 1,110 BP Settlement offers went out Friday, this is big news. It looks as though The New BP Settlement Fund headed by Patrick Juneau and supervised by Judge Barbier are actually going to make sure the job gets done.

In our estimation they are ahead of schedule, there were a few errors in the beginning, but the numbers look promising.

The average BP Settlement offer was around 44k.

We are not jumping for joy just yet, but it is promising.

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We Can Help You File Your Claims if:

  • You have never Filed a Claim
  • Your Claim is Stalled at the GCCF
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Is the BP Settlement going to be a Gulf Coast Stimulus Package

If you all remember the economic shape our region was in after the real estate bubble burst in 2006, 2007, 2008,and 2009, were tough years, it wasn`t till the  beginning of 2010 that the Gulf Coast began to feel an uptick in the overall economy. The BP oil spill on 4/20/10 put an end to that recovery for many.

It would not be till mid 2012 that many would get the sense the economy was moving in the right direction  again. The BP Settlement by many is looked at as a Gulf Coast Stimulus Package, and indeed it could serve as such for the businesses that survived, and make it right for the ones that did not.

In all reality the BP Oil Spill thwarted the comeback our economy was making in 2010, and should pay for what they did.

Quick Pays, Quick Pays, Quick Pays and the BP Settlement

We all know that Quick Pays have not been addressed in the BP Settlement, they need to be.

We have heard from more then 20,000 people and businesses since this site has been up, over 200,000 people took Quick Pays.

Quick Pays were presented under Feinberg, when we all expected Interim Claims to begin. Interim Claims would have paid people while the true extent of the damage was equated, Quick Pays, a mechanism that was never mentioned until Feinberg took over, became the standard.

They were a travesty, and many are feeling it now, especially the fishermen.

  • Catches of Brown shrimp are down over 90%,
  •  Blue Crabs are dying on their way to the market,
  • Oyster harvesters are harvesting just 15%-25% of what they would usually bring in.
  • These people were the first target of the Quick Pays, and they are experiencing the greatest ramifications.

We have often been told that representatives of the GCCF would meet these people at the docks and tell them they needed to sign these documents to get the 25k or 5k from the GCCF, many did, not realizing that they gave up their rights to sue BP for future damages. Many business owners took the Quick Pay so they could stay in business or pay the mortgage. People were held economic hostages by the GCCF.

The BP Settlement or some other mechanism needs to address this. Quick Pays preyed upon people, Feinberg worked for BP, he proclaimed himself independent, it took a Judges order to stop him saying he was independent.

Doesn`t it make sense that a Claims Administrator declaring himself INPEPENDENT when in fact he was paid by BP, and starving people out, forcing them to take Quick Pays, caused more then just confusion.

Feinberg has caused an ongoing economic disaster for many, and it needs to be fixed.

BP Settlement Solutions

We at BPClaims.org, just want to make sure that your BP Settlement Claims gets into the best possible hands. As this has unfolded different groups have distinguished themselves in handling specific types of claims.

We have been involved in this process for a long time.

There are groups that specialize in:

  • Business Claims
  • Medical Claims
  • Individual Claims
  • Property Claims
  • VOO Claims
  • Seafood Compensation Claims
  • Claims that may need to be litigated.

We even process some BP Claims in house, and process for Attorneys and CPA`s.

Fees range from 15% for CPA`s and Claims adjusters, up to 25% for Attorney Assistance.

We will Help you with your BP Settlement.

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