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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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Halliburton Pleads Guilty

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Pleads GuiltyHalliburton, BP’s cement contractor from the drilling rig that exploded in April 2010, has pled guilty to destroying evidence in connection to the Gulf Oil Spill.

This is the third company that has pled guilty to the conditions surrounding the oil spill. Halliburton is the world’s second-largest oil field services company, and will be required to pay a maximum $200,000 fine in relation to this misdemeanor. (Roughly four minutes worth of revenue for the company)

Halliburton voluntarily paid out $55 million dollars to the National Fish and Wildlife Fund to try and gain some clout with the public and clear their name. However, seeing that this is a non-profit organization, it will likely result in a tax write off for the company.

Following the rupture of the Macondo oil well, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history and left 11 dead. The ripple effects of the spill destroyed and devastated the environment and the economy of the Gulf Coast.

The allegations in the case were that during the creation of the Macondo well, Halliburton recommended to BP that it contain 21 centralizers. Centralizers are metal collars that can improve cementing, thus making the well more secure. However, BP chose to use just 6 centralizers. After the blowout, the government probed into the cementing of the well and this is when Halliburton ordered computer simulations showing little difference in using 6 centralizers and 21 centralizers to be destroyed. Government efforts to later locate these simulations were unsuccessful.

The Department of Justice still may pursue criminal charges against individuals involved in destroying evidence, but a spokeswoman for the company does not believe that will be the case.

It is surprising the government would accept a plea for such a minor charge, given the oil spill was one of the worst in history. This ruling is in stark contrast to the Enron market manipulation a decade ago, where destruction of evidence led to multiple felonies including obstruction of justice.

Yet again, more evidence of the US government taking it easy on big corporations. Maybe not so surprising as former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was responsible for obtaining multiple contracts for the company while holding federal government positions.  How can this ruling be impartial? It seems those who are a part of the law sure know how to get around it.

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Receive the BP Settlement You Deserve

How can you receive the BP Settlement you deserve?

BP Settlement ProtestersNot only did the April 2010 BP oil spill cause extreme damage and devastation to the environment, it also had a ripple effect throughout the entire economy of the Gulf Coast of the United States.  Businesses and Individuals in the affected areas saw a decline in revenue and earnings following the incident as a direct result of the lack of tourism, rising prices of seafood, and many other factors.  The first response for economic reimbursement was the GCCF, later replaced by the BP Settlement which now oversees all claims.

How do I know if I qualify to file a  BP claim?

To be eligible to file a valid BP Settlement claim, a business or an individual’s business address must fall within one of the specified BP Economic Loss Zones. The claimant must also make sure that the nature of their business is not included on the list of ineligible entities. At this point, financial documentation will need to be provided to prove the loss.

BP Settlement Individual Claims

Individual claimants will need to provide tax documents and pay period earning statements from at least 2009-2011 to show that their hours or wages were reduced as a direct result of the spill. Most individuals also will need to establish an eligible employer by having an authorized business representative submit a sworn statement that the employee’s financial losses were directly related to the spill.

The amount of compensation an individual can expect to receive is directly correlated to the amount of money they lost in the compensation period as compared to the benchmark period. Therefore, every payout will vary on a claim to claim basis.

BP Settlement Business Claims

Businesses outside of Zone A must prove their damages by passing a causation test. The causation test is an algorithmic calculation which uses financial figures from a business’s monthly profit and loss statements to determine the eligibility of the claim. This test uses the provided figures to try to find a certain percentage of decline in revenue in the months following the spill in 2010, as compared to those same months in 2009. The financials should also show a certain percentage of uptake in those same months in 2011. The percentage of decline in 2010 and incline in 2011 that are needed to pass the “V-trend test” will vary based upon which geographical zone the businesses address falls within.

The amount of compensation a business can expect to receive is based upon which zone the business is located in, the nature of the business as evidenced by the NACIS code, and the amount of loss in the compensation period. Once again, the amount of compensation will vary on a claim by claim basis, as many factors come into play for business claims.

Is there a quick way to find out my eligibility?

For a BP Settlement business claim, we can run the basic financials through our preliminary calculator and quickly determine if the claim passes causation or if it does not. For a preliminary calculation we would need:

The business address
NAICS Code
Monthly Gross Revenue for Jan 2007-Dec 2011

If the business passes causation we would then need further documentation to calculate the businesses estimated compensation amount and to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.

Do I Need to Hire a Professional?

It is not completely necessary to hire a professional. Many people file claims on their own without representation. However, there are many reasons why you might choose to seek guidance on this matter. We hear from business and individual claimants every day who have filed claims on their own and are being delayed with multiple incompleteness notices and are frustrated and fed-up.

The Court-Supervised 1,300 page BP Settlement is an extremely detailed and convoluted document which can be overwhelming and disheartening to those who have no prior experience with the legal components that professionals are equipped to handle.

What Services do we offer?

Our team of experts helps you gather and prepare the needed documents for review. The claim is then assessed for eligibility, completeness and validity. Business claims are calculated either by a CPA or under the direct supervision of a CPA to ensure accuracy of the expected compensation figure. At this time the complete claim will be filed.

Once the claim is filed to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, should there be any discrepancies regarding paperwork or financials, we work with the client to handle all incompleteness notices, requests for reconsideration, re-reviews, appeals, and denial notices. Clients may always feel free to contact us regarding the status of their claim, and know that we notify them immediately when we have any deadlines pending.

How do I begin the process of filing my claim?

There is only a short time remaining to file all claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, the deadline being April 22, 2014. Call us today for a free claim assessment. If you have your preliminary documents in order, we may be able to quickly run a calculation to determine your eligibility. Call 1-800-BP-CLAIM or complete the BP Settlement form on the right and someone contact you shortly thereafter.

 
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Deepwater Horizon Settlement Outline

deepwater horizon settlement imageOutline of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement

The Court-Supervised Deepwater Horizon Settlement was set forth to compensate businesses and individuals that were financially harmed by the oil spill explosion caused by BP in April of 2010. BP has estimated the costs related to compensating claims to be 7.8 billion dollars; however, there is no cap on the total amount that will be paid out. The total amount of compensation will depend upon the number of qualifying claims that receive an offer. Therefore, the estimated 100,000 claims being filed may end up receiving less than the 7.8 billion dollars that has been set aside, or more.

Is anyone excluded from filing to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement?

There are certain industries that BP has excluded from the Settlement. Those who owned a business in or worked within any of the industries listed below are ineligible to file claims to the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.

  • Governmental Organizations
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Insurance Entities
  • Financial Institutions, Funds, Financial Trusts, and other Financial Vehicles
  • Oil and Gas Industry Entities
  • Entities selling or marketing BP-branded fuel
  • Gaming and Casino Entities
  • Those who chose to exclude themselves from the Economic Class
  • Those that were required to file under the Oil Pollution Act

How can I determine my eligibility to file a claim?

Businesses and Individuals in almost any other industry may be eligible to file a claim providing the physical address of their business or employer from the time of the spill falls within one of the designated “Economic Loss Zones”. These are geographic regions that have been recognized by BP as areas that were either directly or indirectly affected by the spill.

How can I determine my business loss?

After you have determined that your business was located within an Economic Loss Zone, it will be time to take a look at your financials.

All businesses, (except those located in Zone A) will need to prove their damages (causation) by showing a specific percentage of lost revenue, lost variable profit, and loss of potential revenue growth in the selected months of 2010, as compared to the same months in the benchmark period. They will also need to show a specific amount of uptake in those same months in 2011. This revenue pattern is referred to as the V-trend and if the financial documents follow this pattern, the business automatically proves causation.

What documents do I need to provide for a Deepwater Horizon Settlement claim evaluation?

The initial causation test is a complex, formulaic calculation which can quickly determine whether your business qualifies under the settlement, and roughly how much compensation you are eligible to receive. The preliminary test requires the following:

  • Business Address
  • NAICS code
  • Gross Revenue Statements from Jan 2007- Dec 2011 (or a minimum of Jan 2009-Dec 2011)

After this calculation, if it is determined that the claim is valid, additional paperwork will be needed to make the claim complete under the guidelines of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement.

Why Should I Seek the Help of a  Deepwater Horizon Settlement Claims Preparer?

The Court-Supervised Settlement Agreement is a 1,300 page document filled with complexities and intricacies that can be confusing and frustrating to those with no experience in this field.

Our team of experts prepares and files claims that have been checked for accuracy and validity. We help the client prepare all necessary documents and ensure the claim is complete before it is filed.

Our financial calculations are preformed either by a CPA, or under the direct supervision of a CPA, to ensure we come as close to the actual compensation amount as possible.

Should there be any discrepancies from the settlement once the claim has been filed, we handle all incompleteness notices, appeals, re-reviews, reconsiderations, or denials in a timely manner.

We fight for our clients and push the claim as far as it can possibly go within the Deepwater Horizon settlement. If the claim cannot proceed any further, and the claimant does not receive a settlement, they owe us nothing.

Time is Limited – Act Now!

If you have your paperwork ready, we can quickly calculate whether or not your business qualifies under the guidelines of the settlement. Time is running low; with the deadline to file all claims being April 22, 2014. The more quickly we can gather the documents, evaluate and file the claim, the more quickly it can be reviewed and paid out through the settlement.

If you’ve ever wondered if you qualify to file a BP Claim and you have the preliminary documents at hand, call us today or fill out the form on this page to speak to claims representative immediately.  Help is just a phone call away.

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The GCCF v.s. The BP Settlement

bp settlementDid all of your friends receive BP Settlement Payouts with little or no supporting documentation for their claim?

Did you work for a company where all of the other employees received compensation except for you?

Was your BP claim denied for no reason?

It is important to understand that before the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement came into play, there was a different group responsible for compensating businesses and individuals for losses incurred from the April 2010 oil spill. This was the GCCF, not the BP Settlement.

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility offered quick payments to individuals and businesses along the gulf coast and forced them to sign releases not to sue BP again in the future. Some people received settlements by submitting minimal to no documentation, while others that did the same job for the same company received nothing. 

Unfortunately, no one actually knows what guidelines the GCCF was using in regards to their payouts, which is probably one of the reasons they no longer exist today. At this time, anyone who signed a full and final release with GCCF may not file another claim for the same business or individual.

If you were denied by the GCCF, we may still be able to help you under the terms of the BP Settlement.

If you never updated your GCCF Claim, you need to do so to be a part of the Deeepwater Horizon Settlement.

The Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement, which took over after the GCCF was shut down, was set up with very specific guidelines which the claims administrators follow down to the tee.

Most of the time, detailed, full documentation is now required for both business and individual claims. This is not to say that it is impossible to supply the needed documents; our office receives multiple settlement offers per week for both businesses and individuals. This just means that to present a valid claim to the settlement reviewers, you must provide the documents they are looking for. There are instances when workarounds are possible.

BP Settlement Help

BPClaims.org and our network partners work closely to prepare and file thousands of claims. We help our clients understand the process and paperwork they will need to provide to ultimately receive a payout. We know this can be a frustrating and confusing process and we work hard to help alleviate the stress that comes along with it.

We work with:

  • Business Owners
  • CPA`s
  • Individuals
  • Non-profits
  • Law Firms
  • VOO Claimants
  • and anyone else affected by the BP Oil Spill

When it comes to the help we provide for a BP Settlement, we do all that we can, including but not limited to:

  • Helping clients prepare and file valid claims
  • Responding to Incompleteness and Follow-up Incompleteness notices
  • Filing appeals to BP
  • Responding to appeals made by BP
  • Filing Medical Claims
  • Looking deeply into Denied Claims

If you or your business was truly affected by the oil spill, we can help you gather the needed documentation, process and file your claim. Please contact us today to get started.

Also for the latest news on the BP Settlement, visit our news page here.

BP Settlement Claims press Northward

Zone D Claims ROLL in

bp settlement  If you live in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and suffered a loss during the period of the Oil Spill 4/20/10, you could be entitled to file a BP Claim. There have been meetings set up by Attorney General Luther Strange in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Cullman over the last week to educate individuals, and business owners of this fact. Many Business owners and Individuals that live in the Northern areas of these states were unaware that they could file for compensation through the new DeepWater Horizon Settlement Centers.

 The Northern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, are typically zone D.

A zone D business claim that fits the V-Trend model is the best candidate for getting paid. There are other models, but a business who’s revenue pattern meets the V-trend is by far the easiest claim to prove, and will require the least amount of documentation to file.

For a business in zone D to meet the V-trend revenue pattern, they would see a 15% decline in revenue in 2010, versus the same benchmark period of 09, or 08 and 09, or 07, 08, and 09 averaged together.  It will also see a rise in 2011 of at least 10% during the same benchmark period.

There are several other models such as the modified V-trend, decline only, and the failed business calculation. Businesses which meet a different revenue pattern will most likely have to pass the customer mix test, and claimants will have to identify where their clients came from, how much they spent and when they spent the money. For some businesses this is easy, for others such as restaurants and retailers it can be nearly impossible to track. There are some solutions for the customer mix test.

BP is trying to exclude certain groups from the BP Settlement.

When BP signed the DeepWater horizon Settlement Agreement, they left it uncapped except for the Seafood Compensation aspect. That means that BP could be on the hook for Billions more then they anticipated. They are seeing some large claims come through for Businesses in the Agriculture, Construction, Media ,and Professional areas, and hence want to exclude them. After being shot down by Judge Barbier several times, they are now appealing to the 5th circuit.

BP is also rumored to be in talks with David Cameron the Prime Minister of the U.K., asking him to go directly to President Obama to intervene. After some of the decisions that I have seen the 5th circuit make, I would not be at all surprised that BP may very well get their way. With the right amount of political pressure, accompanied by a huge war chest, and the right Attorneys, my personal opinion is that all bets are off.

Most of the Attorneys we process claims for seem to think that nothing will change. We are not Attorneys, we are claims processors and advocates. My gut says they’re wrong. We have been at this a long time now and have seen crazier things, like Feinberg’s Quick Pays.

Our Team

We do work with Attorneys when necessary,  but usually just on Appeals. We process many claims in house and do work with 2 other processors that I consider the strongest in the business.  Together make up the BP Claims Network. We traditionally charge 15-20% for Business Claims and 25% for Individual claims.

  • We can Assist you with claims that need to be updated from the GCCF days,
  • New claims
  • Incompleteness Notices
  • Denied Claims
  • Claims that have been Appealed by BP
  • Claims that need to be Appealed by the Claimant

If you need help with your BP Claims we will do our best to help you.

 

 

Seafood Compensation Claims May still be OPEN

There is a new disclaimer that has appeared on the DeepWater Horizon Website

In layman’s terms this disclaimer states that the deadline to file all Seafood Compensation claims was January 22, 2013 BUT that if you have a Seafood Compensation claim that has not yet been submitted that you may still file it at this time and it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. There are no guarantees any of these claims will be accepted but claimants will be notified on the outcome of the timeliness review.

bp settlementWe have spoken to Attorneys and other Processors about this and most will NOT be taking these claims on, because of the fact that there are no guarantees they will be accepted by the BP Settlement Fund.

We have spoken to our Network partners and WE WILL BE accepting these claims. Why? Because we feel they deserve every opportunity to get paid.  As someone affected by this tragic event very directly, we want to stress that you are the top priority and we will try to help you regardless of the outcome.

If you did not meet the initial deadline, or you know someone who has a claim, but missed the deadline, please forward this to them.

We can Also Assist you with the Following BP Claims:

  1. Business Economic Loss Claims
  2. Medical Claims
  3. Claims that need to be Updated from the GCCF
  4. Claims that have been Appealed
  5. Claims that need to be Appealed
  6. Property Damage Claims
  7. Individual Claims
  8. Failed Business Claims
  9. Claims that are Stalled or have Incomplete Notices from the DeeepWater Horizon Settlement
  10. Claims that have been Denied from the BP Settlement or the GCCF

Menhaden Fishing  Significantly Down

Key figures in the Menhaden Fishing Industry have stated that the fishery is suffering. According to very credible reports given to us at BPClaims.org, the fishery is running around 20%-40% of what it was before the Gulf Oil Spill. This is eerily reminiscent of what happened to the Herring after the Valdez Spill. The fishery seemed stable for 3 years after that spill, and then collapsed. The sad fact is this environmental aftermath is still unfolding. The oil sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico may continue to cause unforeseen problems for years to come.

DeepWater Horizon Settlement Issues

A vast amount of claimants who contact us do so because they continue to receive incompleteness notices on their case. There are many reasons for these. Deepwater Horizon many times may ask for documentation that you have already submitted. We are not hearing this just from unrepresented individuals and businesses, but also from Attorneys, Processors, and CPA Firms.  Professionals in this Industry are unhappy, and making it known to the leadership of the BP Settlement and their liaisons. We sa this in the beginning of the BP Settlement, but have not seen this for some time.

Quite often instead of receiving an incompleteness notice, we receive a phone call from Postlethwaite & Netterville, this is the accounting group that the Deepwater Horizon Leadership has brought in, and they have done an excellent job. We have not had any issues with Postlethwaite & Netterville, when it comes to being asked for documentation that was already submitted. As I understand it from the people I have talked to, Brown Greer was in charge of those particular claims.

Let’s all remember that Ken Feinberg is the one who hired Brown Greer. Who hired Ken Feinberg? By now we know he was not Independent as he originally advertised; he was bought and paid for by BP. Before anyone could tell what the full extent of damage from the spill would be, Feinberg initially promised to begin compensating the affected with Interim Payments. Instead, he offered Quick Pays and many people had no choice but to take a small amount of money and waive their right to sue BP in the future. Many had lost everything they had and were desperate to put food on the table for their families. Over 200,000 Individuals and Businesses took Quick Pays and many of those were given much less than what they should have rightfully received.

For the record, The Claims Administrator inherited Brown Greer. As I understand it, and I could be wrong, their continued involvement was part of the Settlement Agreement, and BP wanted them in play.

To the leadership’s credit, they foresaw issues from the beginning of the Settlement process and got the accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville involved. We deal with P&N quite often when processing your claims and have found them to be most helpful.

GCCF Claims Need to be Updated

Think about this, just under a Million Claims were at the GCCF when they transitioned over to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. We were told that the information from the GCCF would go right over to the NEW and Improved BP Settlement. It did, but what many people don’t understand is that they still need to update that information to meet the terms of the Settlement. This has been seriously frustrating to many of you who think your claim is still Live at the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. In fact, it is not. Your claim will need to be updated to meet the guidelines of Deepwater Horizon Settlement. The only advantage is that much of your documentation is digitally available, which may make it easier to prepare the claim.

BP`s 5th Circuit Appeal

BP is rumored to have asked Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene on their behalf, and I am sure they have, even though they deny it. Most Attorneys that I speak to don’t think there will be ANY changes when this case gets to the 5th Circuit, but my gut tells me otherwise. In looking at past decisions of the 5th Circuit, they have no problem reversing decisions from the lower courts. If you read the writing on the wall, BP is posturing that this settlement could mean the end of them, and they are appealing to the U.K. leadership to ensure that does not happen. If only they spent this much time and energy harboring a corporate culture that did not put money before safety. It has been proven multiple times they do not. BP has a history of putting money before safety.

If BP gets their way in the 5th Circuit, and eliminates multiple categories within the construction, agriculture, marketing/advertising, and professional fields, these industries will become excluded. They will have in essence, rewritten the BP Settlement. If that is to be the case, may I suggest that since the settlement is being rewritten; let’s allow ALL of the people that took Quick Pays to come back into play. If BP truly wants to make things right, as they are stating in their commercials, let’s bring back the Quick Pays and allow them to be reconsidered since they were preyed upon by Feinberg anyway.

Quick Pays

Besides the explosion and the environmental catastrophe that followed, Quick Pays are perhaps the most devastating aspect of this event. Good people, mostly those that made their living for generations from the Gulf were the hardest hit. Many had little education and had no idea what they were signing. Feinberg came out with the program around Christmas 2010, but it would not hit high gear until April 2011, one year after the spill.

By that time homes were in foreclosure, boats were being repossessed, and people were desperate for money. The 5k or 25k payments were nothing short of extortion.  If BP is going to have the ability to rewrite the settlement, let’s bring Quick Pays back to the table as well. If they’re going to take away, they should give something back in return. Since BP is now stating that the groups that they are trying to exclude were not injured by the Gulf Oil Spill, let’s make sure they help the people that were, and truly make things right, just like their commercials say.

Our Team

We have the BEST PROCESSORS in the country working on your claims. We handle many of them in house, but also work with several other groups that have an extensive track record of getting claims paid. We handle claims for 15%-25%, there are no hidden fees and we don`t get paid until you do.

BP Appeals

Appeals are becoming more and more a part of the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. This is what we have seen, if your Appeal is prepared correctly, and you have the information to support the appeal, the DeepWater Horizon Settlement appeals system spearheaded by David Duval will compensate you what you are owed. NAICS codes have a lot of weight in this equation, but often they are incorrect. Often we are finding that the CPA`s a business used to file their taxes used the incorrect code. There are many variables when it comes to the appeals process, if you need assistance we have a team that specializes in appeals.

The BP Settlement has hit High Gear

BP Settlement News

deepwater horizon settlementIt didn’t happen over night, and there is still work to do, but the BP Settlement is paying. As we stated a year ago, after some meetings with the top brass of the settlement in New Orleans, these people wanted to pay you, and they have started to. What Pat Juneau and David Duval inherited from the Feinberg administration was laden with layers of special interests so it  took time to get the needed infrastructure in place.

Changes were needed and some positive ones have been made. The addition of the accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville was one change for the better. There are many more that have been made, some we are aware of and some we may never know.

BP is so upset in fact, that they are trying to rewrite the settlement. They are now appealing to the 5th circuit, using their political weight, to get their way.

Even though BP denies going to leaders in the U.K. to lobby for them with the Obama administration, don’t believe a word they say. BP has finally realized how much they may have to pay, and the numbers are staggering.

BP, from the very beginning has used a delay, deny and defend strategy common with unscrupulous insurance companies. Many got frustrated with the GCCF system and just gave up, and this was BP’s desired result. Many now realize they do qualify under the present system, and are coming back in droves.

BP Lawyers

The commercials are everywhere, many firms are accelerating marketing efforts to get a piece of the BP Claims pie. Many of these firms will charge you 25% along with multiple other hidden fees. The Judge capped it, but some lawyers have attempted to go around the order, with extra fees. Most firms are just getting into the business, but they have very little experience processing BP Settlement Claims. We hear horror stories from people every day at 1-800-BP-CLAIM. If you are a Law Firm and would like our assistance please email Brittany@BPCLAIMS.org

CPA`s and BP Claims

Many people have decided to let their CPA`s handle their BP Claims.  What we are seeing here is that many of them don`t understand the terms of the settlement. The settlement is not just a plug in the numbers apparatus. There are excluded groups, causation tests, and many other factors that come into play. We are currently assisting several major CPA Firms and Law Firms, and are processing their clients BP Claims. We have found partnering with CPA firms has been very beneficial for the client. If you are a CPA Firm, and would like some information please email Sarah@BPClaims.org.

Our BP Claims Network

We have assisted people and businesses since the very beginning of this event. Our first website helped people receive aid from Catholic Charities. We have battled Feinberg and BP, and told people not to take Quickpays. We have helped people that are suffering from serious illness due to the spill, and will continue to.

Combined we have over 2 Billion Dollars worth of Claims in the BP Settlement, and we have over 300 Million dollars worth of paid claims.

If you need assistance, we are happy to assist you, or your business.

The groups within our network have a vast amount of experience and some very deep connections, and we are here to help you.

Our Fees start at 15%, there are no other hidden fees, and we don`t get paid until you do.

We will Help You with your BP Settlement.

 

 

 

BP Needs to abide by the BP Settlement

BP Settlement News

bp settlement BP needs to stop with the commercials, and the B.S. we are on your side, when in fact they are doing everything they can to undermine the BP Settlement. After getting shot down attempting to rewrite the BP Settlement by Judge Barbier several times, they are now trying to get their way in the 5th circuit.

BP is attempting to eliminate numerous categories of claimants, we have been telling you this for the last month.

So when you see their commercials on T.V., telling you how well they are treating the people along the Gulf.

Know the TRUTH, THEY ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE. Actions speak louder then words.

This is all about money, and BP is doing it`s best to save theirs.

Recent BP Settlement History:

  • BP sues Pat Juneau for misinterpreting how he is suppose to administer funds under the terms of the BP Settlement. Let me tell you something, we process many BP Claims in house and these people stick to the letter of the Settlement. All BP wants to do here is exclude certain categories, professionals, construction, media, and agriculture are the prominent.
  • BP has tried several times to rewrite the BP Settlement, and tried to enroll the Judge and the P.S.C. The P.S.C. and the Judge have stood firmly, holding BP to the terms of the Settlement.
  • BP uses appeals as a method to stall payments, overwhelming the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Appeals Process.
  • BP sets up traps within the BP Settlement, such as the Customer Mix Test, if a Claimant is not covered under a straightforward V Trend model, most will never see a dime. We are woking to fix that.
  • BP agrees to pay stockholders 8.5 Billion for losses and expedites payments, but not the people of the Gulf.
  • BP hires Feinberg who declares himself Independent until the Judge ORDERS him to Stop, meanwhile over 200,000 people take his devilish Quickpays.
  • BP now appeals Judge Barbiers Decision to the 5th Circuit, and wants to eliminate dozens of categories they initially agreed to pay under the terms of the BP Settlement.

Still think BP is on Your Side.

What are we seeing NOW

The DeepWater Horizon Settlement has accelerated it`s processing capabilities. Postlethwaite & Netterville, the accounting firm that is now handling the majority of the BP Claims seems to be doing a good job, at the very least, much better then their predecessor. If there are issues with a claim, we are often given a phone call, or an email, and time to cure the issue before incompleteness notices, or other notifications are given. This has been a relief, and a much needed departure from past processing procedures. We can tell you from first hand experience that they strictly adhere to the terms of the BP Settlement.

Appeals, appeals, and more appeals, BP is still up to it`s old tricks trying to appeal BP Settlement Claims. They are taxing the Appeals system, and the peoples patience. The Judge and the Plaintiff Steering Committee are doing their best to thwart them, but still they persist.

Our History

We have heard from more then 50,000 people over the last 3 years. Our first site was SurvivetheSpill.com that was meant to get people help that needed help, from people that could give help. The issue was, too many people needed help, we eventually would align with Catholic Charities, and the Guys from Deadliest Catch, and we would help 1,000`s, with SurvivetheSpill.com.

We have been at this from the beginning, and we know from  first hand knowledge what is really going on.

We were then told to foll0w the BP Claims process by some attorneys because it was going to be a mess, and we did, that`s when BPClaims.org was born.

This would lead us into processing claims during the GCCF days, and eventually building The Network of Claims Professionals we have today.

Combined we have over 300 Million dollars in claims paid, and over 2 Billion dollars in the current settlement.

If you need assistance with your BP Settlement call us today at 1-800-BP-CLAIM

BP Claims Professionals are only a phone call or a click away.

BP Settlement and the 5th Circuit

BP Appeals to the 5th Circuit

bp settlement  BP will be appealing Judge Barbier`s decision to the 5th circuit.

This means that many different types of claims could be excluded from the economic settlement.

BP has asked the 5th circuit to expedite the hearing and they have agreed.

The 5th circuit has decided to hear BP`s appeal around the end of May. Link to Article.

If your claim is one of those appealed by BP, and the 5th circuit reverses Judge Barbier, you will not be able to make further claims to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.

If your claim is filed before the potential reversal,  the common thought is your BP Claims will be grandfathered in, but they will have to meet some prerequisites.

If BP gets to rewrite the BP Settlement

This could drastically affect these claims in the BP Settlement:

  • Professionals, Doctors, Attorneys, CPA`s
  • Construction related Businesses
  • Agriculture
  • Possibly Realtors
  • Advertising/Marketing Companies
  • and more, here is the list

The BP Claims Network

Members of the BPClaims.org Network have already prepared for this possible outcome. We are advocating that if your claim could be affected by this possible reversal, that you get your BP Claims in now.

Members of the BPClaims.org Network have more the 2 Billion Dollars in BP Settlement Claims in the DeepWater Horizon Settlement.

Members of our Network have over 300 Million Dollars worth of BP Claims that have been paid since the days of the GCCF.

We have the largest Network of BP Claims professionals in the country, all with proven track records of getting claims paid.

Who Can We Help

  • Business Claimants
  • Individual Claimants
  • Claims that need to be updated from the GCCF
  • Claims stalled in the DeepWater Horizon Settlement
  • Claims that have been Appealed by BP
  • Claims that need to be Appealed
  • Incomplete Notices
  • Property Owners
  • Medical Claimants
  • Denied GCCF Claims
  • CPA`s and Law Firms processing claims

 Moving BP Claims from one group to another

We have been contacted recently by numerous claimants that have received incompleteness notices, or are not happy with their current Claims Handlers. We do not condone ” Claim Jumping” or like to handle others claims that have already been submitted to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement. It is so important to present claims properly the first time, cleaning up someone elses mess is more timing consuming then presenting a claim properly the first time.

However there are forms such as the AR1 (from the Settlement) that allows claimants to move from one claims professional to another, but they should only be used with all parties consent, and the initial party handling the claim agreeing not to put a lien on the original claim, or agreeing to a different fee split.

The fact remains, we should all have one goal in mind, and that is to get you paid.

Our Network gets BP Claims Paid.

Fees range between 15%-25%.

 

 

 

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