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This week a 1.1 billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (HESI) was announced by the BP Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation. The HESI settlement is in part to Halliburton’s role in the incident being found criminally negligent; and in a further attempt to make things right for the Gulf Coast, the settlement was approved. Judge Carl A Barbier will oversee the settlement and continues to have an active role in the ongoing Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement.
While we are not attorneys, we feel it is important to keep all affected claimants informed, and to ensure that they receive all of the information they are entitled to in a timely manner. As always, we continue to be advocates for victims of the BP oil disaster, we have been there since the beginning when the disaster happened in April of 2010.
If you were denied previously, you may still be eligible.
The HESI Settlement includes two classes:
1) Individuals and businesses that are class members in the existing Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement. We were disappointed to see that businesses and individuals who received “quick pays” in the beginning were excluded. We continue to seek justice for those individuals. Many were unfairly coerced into accepting a settlement that may have solved some economic issues short term; but I have heard from many of those same individuals that the compensation they received was far less than what they should have received. Unfortunately, many of those people who received “quick pays” had to take the payments. The only other option was to lose their businesses or homes. Sadly for many, that happened anyway. We continue to seek justice for those victims.
2) Any “individual” business (including fishermen and charter boat operators), property owner, or governmental entity (excluding both state and federal government) that is proven to have Robins Dry Dock standing under General Maritime Law.
This particular settlement applies to commercial fishermen and charter boat operators that were in business at any time between April 20, 2009 and April 18, 2012; property owners, businesses and local governments that had oil touch their real estate or personal property any time between April 20, 2010 and April 18, 2012; and individuals that fished or hunted in specified areas and depended on their catch for subsistence, barter or trade” (CNBC, September 2, 2014).
Exclusions to the HESI Settlement:
(1) Any New Class Member who timely and properly elects to opt out of the New Class under the procedures established by the Court?.
(2) Defendants in MDL 2179, and individuals who are current employees of HESI, or who were employees of HESI during the Class Period.
(3) The Court, including any sitting judges on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, their law clerks serving during the pendency of MDL 2179, and any immediate family members of any such judge or law clerk.
(4) Governmental Organizations as defined in Section 5.
(5) Any Natural Person or Entity who or that made a claim to the GCCF, was paid, and executed a valid GCCF Release and Covenant Not to Sue, provided, however, that a GCCF Release and Covenant Not to Sue covering only Bodily Injury Claims shall not be the basis for exclusion of a Natural Person.
(6) BP Released Parties and individuals who were employees of BP Released Parties during the Class Period.
(7) Transocean and individuals who were employees of Transocean during the Class Period.
As part of the settlement process, an “Allocation Special Master” will be appointed. They will determine what portion will go to each class. The court will also develop a Distribution Model to determine the best way to distribute funds. We will provide further information as we receive it. For more information regarding the status of your existing claim or to file a new claim, please complete the form on the left hand side so that we can begin setting your claim up soon. We have been processing claims since the beginning of the disaster, and we are committed to seeing our claimants through to the end; ensuring those affected receive the compensation they deserve.
Feel free to contact us if you are unsure of your status or have any questions at 1-800-272-5246.
All claimants can check their status at any time on-line. It is not necessary to go through endless hold times or automated systems; you simply need your claimant ID and Social Security Number (or EIN number). Your attorney or Deepwater Horizon can provide you with that.
-Our clients can call us directly (941-343-8700) or (1-800-BPClaim)
-All other claimants can call DWH at 866-922-6174 to get your claimant ID or to check status
-Once you have your claimant ID #, go to deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com and follow instructions for “check my status”. You will need the last four digits of your EIN number or SS number (depending on what number you are filing with).
We feel it is important that claimants stay informed. Many claimants are frustrated with the amount of paperwork required and for the length of time the claims process takes.
BP has been rallying to gain support to gain a hearing with the Supreme Court in an effort to reduce their obligation to the Gulf Coast. They have supporters you would not expect: A Chamber of Commerce, a Watch Group out of Washington, even Ken Feinberg supported briefs that were written to dissuade the courts from hearing this case.
Mr. Feinberg was the former head of the GCCF. As most of us remember, the GCCF was such an abomination and hurt so many, which is why the Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement was written in the first place.
The GCCF failed; Feinberg hired cronies who didn’t even know how to process claims! There were briefs written (and supported by these same individuals against the settlement) adding insult to injury for all victims of the spill; those who lost their jobs, homes, and businesses.
We at BPClaims.org continue to go to bat for all claimants. We will not stop until justice is served.
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BP Claims and Our BP Claims Dream Team
The BP Claims process has best been understood by people that have studied the process, and are aware of what the proper calculations are to elicit a positive response from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The methodology behind how the GCCF calculates your BP Claims has been hard to understand for many, and it is tilted in their favor. When oil spill claims calculations have been done by members of our Dream Team, BP Claims are often 50% or more then if you did them the GCCF`s way. Many denied BP Claims have also gotten paid by our Gulf Coast Claims Team. They will help you put together any paperwork that may be needed, reorganize and maximize your BP Claims, all while it is still sitting with the GCCF.
BP Claims that have been Denied, Paid in 9 Days
If you have had your BP Claims Denied it very well could be a blessing in disguise. There are members of our Dream Team that specialize in BP Denied Claims. The good news is that most of your paperwork is already together, and sitting at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. This allows members of our Team to analyze the documents while at the GCCF, and add any necessary documents, and go over your numbers once again. Often they will find that your calculations were off, and that BP owes you more then you originally thought. They have had denied BP Claims paid within 9 days. This is not typical, but it has been done.
Are your BP Claims Still Under Review or Awaiting Documents
Often BP Claims are under review for several reasons, sometimes they just haven`t gotten to them, but often they are lacking the proper paperwork, this is usually followed by a Deficiency Letter. Most often BP Claims that lack the necessary paperwork are denied by the GCCF. Members of our Team can access your paperwork while it is at the GCCF, fix whatever is wrong and speed up the BP Claims process. They will also keep you up to date regarding the status of your BP Claims.
BP Business Claims and Multiple BP Claims
Very often when members of the BP Claims Team begin to analyze your case, and find out more about you, and what revenue streams were affected by you or your business, they often find that you can make multiple BP Claims. These BP Claims need to be substantiated with various paperwork that they will help put together. BP Business Claims are often very complex, we have members on the team that are currently handling BP Claims in excess of 100 million dollars. There are no BP Claims to big or to small.
BP Claims Dream Team: How it Works and How Much
All members of the BP Claims Dream Team work on a contingency basis, they don`t get paid until you do. They are all at the apex in their respective fields. They are highly respected by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Each member of our Team is it`s own separate entity. It is the goal of BPClaims.org to place you with the member of the Team that best suits your needs. We have helped over 10,000 Individuals and Business`s get the help they deserve. Over 125,000 people have gone to our website since it started in May of 2010. Members of our Team charge from 15% on up to 33.3% if you need the help of an Attorney. All fees are done on a contingency basis. When you fill out the form to the right, we will immediately call you, to insure that your information is forwarded to the member that best suits your needs on our BP Claims Team.
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
BP has let us all know where they stand with the BP Claims process, if there was any doubt in your mind, if you thought they would show good faith, if you thought they were truly going to “make it right” through the BP claims process, they are not.
BP announced last week they did not want to pay for future loses, then they hit people with low ball BP Claims offers, hoping people would be happy, just to get something for their BP Claims. After BP made the statement regarding future loses, it was predicted by BPClaims.org that they would follow this up with low ball offers, and that is exactly what happened.
We had all hoped that BP would act in good faith, instead they trying to bury people in BP Claims paperwork, and other delaying tactics.The Attorney Generals from across the Gulf Region have seen this coming, and are launching a full investigation into the BP Claims process.
BP Claims: Our Pledge and Our Team
If you have a Valid BP Claim we will not rest until you get Paid. We have assembled the Best Group of BP Claims Attorneys, and Claims Adjusters that have a history of doing battle with BP and Winning. The team that has come together to make sure you are treated fairly by BP and the GCCF, We have one goal in mind, TO GET YOUR BP CLAIMS PAID. We have several Groups of Attorneys and Adjusters that all have areas of specialization. We have Denied Claims Specialists, BP Business Claims Experts, Medial Claims and VOO Attorneys, and of course Individual Claims are a priority.
BP has shown it`s colors and it`s true intent, there is no longer a shadow of doubt what their true intentions are. We are All very passionate about helping the people, and the business`s affected by the BP Oil Spill, and have a track record to prove it.
BP Denied Claims Paid in 9 Days: BP Claims Under Review Experts
We have added a few new players to the BPClaims.org Team, and I am proud to say they are Experts with BP Denied Claims. They have gotten denied BP Claims paid in 9 Days. They have an in depth knowledge of how the GCCF works, and what is required for a successful BP Claim. If your BP Claims are under review, they can dig in to your claim while it is sitting at the GCCF, find any deficiencies, reorganize it, and maximize it. We will put an end to your BP Claims nightmare.
BP Claims Litigation
If for whatever reason your BP Claim can`t be settled amicably, we have The Attorney that has gotten THE LARGEST AWARDS FROM BP EVER ON OUR TEAM. One way or another BP is going to pay. This is a Tier 1 law firm, which means they are the best of the best, they also specialize in fast tracking BP Business Claims for companies that are in distress as a result of the oil spill. As the true intentions of BP and the GCCF has been disclosed, litigation may be a necessary means to get your BP Claims Paid, it is best to be prepared.
Let us Help you with your BP Claims.
Article Source: BP Claims
Aricle: BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
Author: Bill Bohack
BP delivers a body blow to the BP Claims Process
BP gives marching orders to Feinberg regarding Future BP Claims
BP in a letter to Feinberg, is saying that Feinberg should not pay any BP claims for future loses because fisheries have reopened and the tourist season is back in full swing, as they cite hotel industry statistics, and news reports, reporting strong business backed by summertime tourism. The BP Claims process should not take into consideration future loses when factoring BP Claims. The remarks made by BP to Feinberg leave little doubt who is in charge of the BP Claims process. Just when you thought things could not get any worse at the GCCF, and their ability to treat BP Claims fairly
At the beginning of July, the GCCF had paid $4.5 billion in claims to 195,000 claimants. There are also about $430 million worth of offers that are under consideration by Gulf residents. Mind you that almost 600,000 BP Claims have been filed.
BP Claims Ploy or just Absolute Arrogance
Could this be just a ploy by BP to get people to accept the next batch of BP claims settlements. According to my calculations BP is about to pay the next round of BP Claims, remember they get founded with 1.2 Billion dollars every quarter. The last wave of claims we saw receive settlements was mid April, making mid July the next wave that should occur. When it occurs we will see a sudden jump in offers being made, many of these offers will be Interim Claims offers accompanied by Final Claim offers. The news seems to coincide with the next wave of BP Claims settlement offers, coincidence, I doubt it. BP and the GCCF have joint strategies and the biggest one is to settle the most amount of BP Claims, for the least amount of money, by BP telling the public that it wants to take future loses off the table, many people with valid BP Claims will be inclined to settle now.
The Arrogance of BP to even suggest that the Gulf Region is back to normal and exceeding pre spill numbers marks a new low in the BP Claims process. It is understandable that BP and the GCCF want people to believe that everything is alright after the Oil Spill, many business owners share the same sentiment. The fact however is everything is not all right, and according to various sources things could get a lot worse in time, neither BP or Gulf Coast Business owners want to hear this.
BP Claims and the lesson from Alaska: Herring and Brown Shrimp
I just spent a week with Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit from the show Deadliest Catch, they are two dear friends that were in town for the Suncoast Offshore. They were instrumental in helping me launch previous charity sites that helped 1000`s of people connect with charities directly after the BP Oil Spill. They are quick to point out that the fishery in Prince William sound seemed normal for the first several years, then dramatically dropped, never to return to normal 20+ years later. Current estimates have the Herring population at about 15% of the pre spill population. The latest indicators from the Gulf Fishery show a dramatic decline in the catch of brown shrimp, this has happened even faster then anticipated. The catch is down over 90% and fleets of shrimpers have halted fishing for them. This is the real truth, that many families are grappling with, as they try make a living in this once thriving industry, at the same time BP is putting everyone on notice that they don`t want to pay for future loses for BP Claims.
Time is needed for a more complete evaluation of the Health of the Gulf of Mexico, as we have learned from past oil spills, many of the effects from such a catastrophic oil spill won`t be known for years. For BP to make such sweeping statements that it will not be responsible for future losses incurred by Gulf residents at this early juncture, only furthers my belief that the true course is to move forward with BP Interim Claims only.
BP Claims against Partners
BP asserted claims against Cameron, Halliburton and Transocean in the limitation of liability action,” the report said. “BP’s claims against Transocean include breach of contract, unseaworthiness of the Deepwater Horizon vessel, negligence (or gross negligence and/or gross fault as may be established at trial based upon the evidence) … as well as a declaratory claim that Transocean is wholly or partly at fault for the Incident and responsible for its proportionate share of the costs and damages.”
The report said, “BP’s claims against Cameron assert that Cameron is liable under maritime law for providing a blowout preventer that was unreasonably dangerous in design based on certain design defects, that Cameron was negligent with respect to certain maintenance and repair that it conducted on the Deepwater Horizon BOP …”
A blowout preventer is a giant valve designed to prevent sudden eruptions of pressure.
BP Claims against Haliburton
Moreover, the report said, “BP asserted claims against Halliburton for fraud and fraudulent concealment based on Halliburton’s misrepresentations to BP concerning, among other things, the stability testing on the foamed cement used at the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well; for negligence (or, if established by the evidence at trial, gross negligence) based on Halliburton’s performance of its professional services, including cementing and mud logging services; and for contribution and subrogation for amounts that BP has paid in responding to the incident and oil spill, as well. …”
Also on April 20, the report said, BP filed a complaint in federal court in Houston against Halliburton alleging “the same counts as BP’s claim against Halliburton in Transocean’s limitation of liability action.”
Halliburton, Cameron and Transocean all filed countersuits.
How Does this effect the BP Claims Process
If you look at how this is playing out between BP and it`s partners, you can see a pattern forming. Everybody is pointing the finger at someone else. It only makes sense that when it comes to BP paying on the claims it is going to point the finger at every other factor it possibly can.
BP is going to utilize every piece of leverage it can, to pay the most minimal amount possible to claimants. BP will point out the lingering effects from Katrina, the slumping economy, and now the great flood of 2011. If they hold true to form , BP will try to make the BP claims process muddier then the Mississippi.
The GCCF Independence Charade
The GCCF is controlled by Arthur Feinberg. Mr Feinberg is employed by BP. The BP Claims process was created by BP, then revamped by Mr. Feinberg under the GCCF banner. During this transition, the process has stalled, and left many without the promised cash along the time lines promised. Mr Feinberg would like people to view he and the GCCF as independent of BP, they are anything but. For example, if your claim is over 250k it needs BP approval. So much for being independent. Finally Judge Barbier ruled that he was not, and could not tell people that he and the GCCF were independent.
Should we wait on the GCCF?
There are a lot of people who have taken a wait and see attitude, while many who were in more need, are now homeless, due to foreclosures and cars getting repossessed. For the life of me I can`t understand why there was not a moratorium for foreclosures and repo`s through out the Gulf region, for individuals that showed a direct link of loss due to the oil spill. Why make people wait, wait, and wait, only to lose everything. There were people that have been waiting since the GCCF took over, for their BP Claims money, only to get waited out by the GCCF, and forced to take a quick pay deal. So when everyone was waiting for the check to come, and desperation grew, BP made quick pay offers of 5k for individuals and 25k for business`s, but they had to sign away any future claims, and agree not sue BP. Now does that sound like they are really here to help people.
The GCCF claims system is broken
How many times I have been told that somebody`s paperwork got lost, or they haven`t heard for months, then only to get a denial. The GCCF claims system is broken. It`s supposed to be saving people, not helping them reach new found levels of desperation. BP claims money simply should have gotten to the people by now. Instead BP is trying to narrow the field of claims they will pay, today they came down on moratorium claims. Claiming that they are not responsible for the government banning deepwater drilling. Memo to BP, Obama wouldn`t have closed down a whole industry, if it was not for your catastrophic failure to notice the obvious. Your checks and balance system was corrupted and broken, your corporate culture was based on selfishness not safety, and was most exemplified by Mr Hayward. Then you tell us to trust you, and wait for our GCCF Claims offer, still waiting.
BP Claims & GCCF hide behind OPA
The U.S. Oil Pollution Act, which requires companies to compensate people and businesses harmed by an offshore spill, makes clear that liability is “limited to damages directly caused by a covered oil spill and that indirect or derivative losses are not compensable,” BP said in papers filed yesterday in federal court in New Orleans.
BP said it isn’t responsible for damages to boats that participated in its VOO program or for the losses of Gulf Coast businesses idled by the U.S. deep-water drilling moratorium.
VOO gets dealt a blow by BP/GCCF
In March, hundreds of boat owners and contractors who participated in cleaning up the BP spill filed a master complaint seeking compensation for unpaid wages, vessel damage and physical injuries from contact with the spilled oil or chemical dispersants used to break up the oil. BP yesterday asked the federal court in New Orleans overseeing spill suits to dismiss claims by these plaintiffs under the Oil Pollution Act.
We will see how BP handles these claims through the GCCF process, they also went on to tell Louisiana that they needed to go through the GCCF process before they sue BP.
GCCF Uses Delay, Deny, Defend strategy again
If you all remember, and I am trying to emphasize this, the GCCF and BP are using a Delay, Deny, Defend strategy. If the GCCF and BP wanted to pay people they would be. They are following the text book of how to handle situations such as this. The book was written by unscrupulous insurance companies, and is often implemented when companies are trying not to pay, and it works. The GCCF could be more consistent and kind when it comes to paying BP Claims.
The good new is, some of the lawyers we have connected with will take these GCCF claims.
I was informed that Judge Barbier had inferred in court that Law Firms could still file on behalf of claimants against Transocean, and some firms are. There are NO guarantees here. The deadline was April 20th, if you did not file and would still like to, here is your chance, I can`t guarantee it will go through, but there are firms that will give it a shot. So if you fill out the form to the right and put Transocean in the description, we will see to it that your claim gets to them. My thoughts on this are, that Judge Barbier saw that many firms were swamped with requests and is giving them a touch more time to get these in. This is pure conjecture, but that is the only valid reason I can figure.
Transocean Limitation Complaints
Directly taken from the Plaintiff Steering Committee website:
1) What is a Limitation Complaint?
When a vessel owner, such as Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, forces all people who have claims resulting from an incident to make any claims against it in one proceeding. In that proceeding, the Court is asked to decide whether the vessel owner can limit its liability (or what it is responsible to pay) under the law.The Court may also determine other issues, such as the liability (if any) of the vessel owner, whether the vessel owner is liable for gross negligence or the amount of fault between and among the defendants. Gross negligence involves a reckless disregard for the safety of others.
If you can get into the process you will be covered by the February 2012 trial issues.
My experience with Corexit
From the very beginning of this project I have felt most drawn to helping BP Oil Spill Clean Up Workers. I was out on Grand Isle in June 2010 and the smell of Corexit filled the air, within hours I was coughing. In my infinite wisdom I picked up a piece of Corexit in my hand, I had it on the tip of my finger when it broke like an egg, and it suddenly covered my hand, seconds later my hand was burning, and when I tried to wipe it off, I only proceeded to spread it up my arm. A nice lady on the boat had baby wipes that removed it, regular towels were useless. The way the Corexit bonded with Oil and coagulated it created something that resembled the texture of the yolk of an egg. but more firm, until it broke then it was a gooey mess.
Clean up Workers & Corexit
Cleanup workers were ill equipped to handle the oil spill from the very beginning, lacking both basic equipment and the knowledge of just what they were dealing with. Corexit poses health risks at the molecular level. Corexit bio-accumulates in one`s body. The lungs, kidneys and liver are most affected, and it does cause cancer.
This is from Wikipedia: Mind you, this is about Corexit 9527 not 9500, less is known about the after effects of 9500 on Humans.
Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin. The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people “respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders”. Like 9527, 9500 can cause hemolosys (rupture of blood cells) and may also cause internal bleeding.
Clean Up Workers Exposed to Corexit Seek Help
We get phone calls daily from people that are sick from the Corexit and worked on clean up crews. If you are sick, please fill out the form to the right and we will get you in touch with law firms that specializes in Helping people that are truly ill from the Clean Up of the Gulf Oil Spill. There are programs being put in place, and medical monitoring becoming available. There are certain medical tests you can also have done, that will measure the levels of exposure. If you think you are sick or know someone who is, please let us know.
The numbers are staggering, 75% of the business`s and individuals that were financially impacted by the Oil Spill have not filed BP Claims or the GCCF Claims. That number is down from 80% just 2 weeks ago. That means that only one quarter of the people eligible to file claims have. If you were impacted by the oil spill and need assistance filing a claim, there are seasoned Oil Spill Attorneys that want to help you with your BP Claims.
BP Claims.org Can Help!
If you are a business with a BP Claim and need the assistance of forensic accountants to figure out your true losses over time, many Attorneys have Forensic Accountants on staff or relationships with C.P.A. firms. Many Attorneys also have former BP Claims and GCCF Claims Adjusters on hand, to make sure the final packet of information sent to the GCCF will meet their requirements. The Attorneys that we have connected with all work on a contingency basis that means they don`t get paid until you do. The BP Claims process has proven inconsistent at best, if you decide you want to file a BP Claim and would like a free consultation with an Attorney please fill out the form to the right.
The BP Claims process and What I think
This is what I am seeing, mind you I talk to a lot of people during the course of the day. They are people who want to make claims, and the Attorneys preparing for litigation of claims and cases for the most part. I don`t hear from the happy person who received a fair shake from the GCCF. Lets keep that in mind. I think the GCCF is absolutely no holds barred using a delay deny defend strategy when it come to paying BP Claims. I think the best route for ALL claimants is to at the very least speak to an Attorney. I think using an Attorney will get you a higher payout and you may get paid faster. I am seeing and hearing about large and I mean large firms getting ready to close out ALL the BP Claims they have on the books. What does that mean, that means you have another avenue of settling your BP Claim. The GCCF is use to dealing with Attorneys and settling out blocks of cases, this is the way Mr Feinbergs firm often works with Attorneys in other kinds of cases, they are use to it and it is the way their corporate culture operates. The BP Claims process has other avenues for settlement.