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BP Claims and Seafood Harvesters
We have been hearing form a large number of Seafood Harvesters that took Quick Pays for their BP Claims, many of you were told it was an Interim payment when you were met at the dock by members of the GCCF. As we have been writing about this over the last few days, we have been hearing from many of you, and it seems that a pattern is developing, you were often met at your docks, and many of you were told the Quick Pays were Interim payments.
It almost seems the GCCF was targeting you all, because they knew that your BP Claims would eventually have the most value. Even if you were not targeted in such a manner, it is obvious that they did target Seafood Harvesters, crabbers, shrimpers, oystermen, and fishermen, when it came time dole out the Quick Pays, preying on the people that were most affected by the Oil Spill.
BP Claims Interims turned to Quick Pays (a Little GCCF History Lesson)
If you all remember November 2010 when Mr. Feinberg took over we were all expecting people that were hurt by the Spill to start getting Interim BP Claims. What really happened was that they had another agenda and that was to get people to take BP Claims Quick Pays as the program was quickly rolled out by mid-December 2010, and NO or very few Interim Claims were being paid.
We did not even hear of an Interim Claim getting paid until mid April, and even after that they were few and far between. What does that mean, that means they had to have the Quick Pay Apparatus in play before Mr.Feinberg even took over the GCCF, they just didn`t tell us that part. Putting a BP Claims Quick Pay system in place takes more then a month, at least as far as I can tell, by judging the History that we can now look at called the BP Claims Process.
So all that being said from November through April, and even long after that, that is 6 months plus people were either starved out or forced to take Quick Pays and that NEEDS to be addressed in the BP Settlement. It wasn`t till early February 2011 that Feinberg couldn`t call himself independent anymore, it took a Judges Order to get him to stop, at the very least anyone who took Quick Pays during the time Feinberg was calling himself independent deserves a second shot. Over 200,000 people and businesses took Quick Pays, if the BP Claims process was processing Interim Claims as they promised this would not have happened.
They pulled a fast one on all of us, they promised Interim Claims and gave us Quick Pays, and it is my strong belief backed up by their own actions this was deliberate. This needs to be handled within the terms of the BP Settlement, or it needs to be handled by The Court.
BP Claims Settlement and what to do next
If you have been impacted in such a manner we want to hear from you, we can`t do anything to help you if we don`t know who you are. We are Advocating that the members that are making up the BP Settlement include your claims into the settlement, especially the BP Claims Quick Pays from Seafood Harvesters. The BP Claims process was created with a clear bias to saving BP money and that needs to be handled now. If we can help you connect to BP Claims Attorneys or Consultants, even if you have been denied or never filed, or if you just want to be a part of our database so we can update you with news, please fill out the form to the right.
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BP Settlement: Looks like BP may be ready to settle
BP Settlement News: As the February 27th trial against BP looms in the near future, BP Settlement rumors are flowing into the news. BP is looking to settle and the BP settlement amount is looking to be between 20-25 billion. This is on top of the $20 billion dollars that was used to set up the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to pay BP Claims. BP was responsible for the April 20th, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion that killed 11 men and dumped enormous amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
If there is no BP Settlement, Judge Barbier will be hearing the case and without a jury to help, BP’s fate lies on his shoulders. This news comes after the new charges that claimants now look at, because Barbier decided that every claimant should pay 6% out of their BP settlement check to be put in escrow for the attorneys spending time on the multi district litigation. This initially meant that even people who are not involved in the multi district litigation will be lining the pockets of attorneys who are not representing their cases. This has since changed. Only cases at the MDL will be charged the 6%. This has taken some pressure off Judge Barbier. With the new talk of a possible 20-25 billion dollar BP settlement, people may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. A BP Settlement could be settled out before the trial, but just because they are trying to settle out does not mean that people have to settle. This will be the first of many lawsuits BP will face in the future.
Will the BP Settlement Come in Before the Trial?
If the US government and BP do not reach a BP Settlement for BP Claims then BP should prepare for court. The trial will take place in court room C268 in New Orleans, and Judge Barbier will make the decision that will affect BP’s entire future. The court room can hold around 200 people, and on February 27th it will be busting at the seams. The multi-district litigation will include the majority of claims against BP, Haliburton and Transocean. It will also include state governments, individuals and businesses who show a loss as a result of the spill, and claims between the three companies on trial. Transocean was the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and Haliburton was the contractor that provided the cement that was supposed to seal the well. There are 533 separate cases rolled into one big trial, and there will be more cases added before the trial date. Lawyers are still taking cases and boosting their advertisements to get as many cases in this trial as possible. A commercial fisherman from Louisiana has put in a claim of $4 million from losses from the oil spill. The GCCF did what they have done for many claims and offered out only $25,000 to George Barisich. He has refused to settle and is one of the many cases that has joined the multi-district litigation hoping to collect from the BP Settlement. Many BP Claims have gone unpaid. A BP Settlement is in BP’s best interest.
With over five hundred cases the court documents add up to more than 72 million pages. There are 303 video depositions and over 7700 exhibits in evidence. Ninety firms have worked over 230,000 hours on this case, and these are just the private sector attorneys. The Pre trial hearings are getting very interesting. The U.S .claims that BP, Transocean and Anadarko Petroleum are all accountable under the Clean Water Act. This would penalize them anywhere from 1100 per barrel split to 4300 if the spill was a result of gross negligence or willful misconduct. The US government does not feel they will have any problem proving willful misconduct from Transocean at the least. As of right now BP and Anadarko are pointing fingers at Transocean and in turn, Transocean is pointing the finger right back. If the judge awards the maximum amount, these penalties could reach 20 billion alone. BP would be better off to go ahead and agree to a BP Settlement. Regardless of the verdicts, there will be appeals and BP will not be out of the woods for a long time to come.
Morgan Stanley believes there is anywhere from a 70 to 80 percent chance of a BP Settlement, and they will pay between 20-25 billion dollars to compensate all federal claims including possible criminal penalties. This leaves a good chance that we will see a BP Settlement, and people will start getting their compensation. BP, Transocean, Haliburton, Ken Feinberg, and the GCCF are under severe scrutiny in regards to negligence that caused the oil spill, and negligence and misconduct in paying claims out to the people who suffered from the BP Oil spill. The GCCF is still being audited, and criminal charges are a great possibility. Criminal charges have not been filed as of yet but the investigations into criminal negligence will likely cause a BP Settlement as quickly as possible. The government and BP both are willing to reach an agreement on the BP Settlement, its just a numbers game at this time. BP is going to have to offer a fair BP Settlement in order for people to be happy. If they offer an unfair amount, people are going to continue to fight.
BP Settlement: GCCF Still Denying Claims
Just this week BP has denied the 11.8 million dollar claim from Gulfport. The city put a claim in for lost sales tax, over $1 million in property taxes and over $6 million in community damages. BP stated that Gulfport has not given adequate documentation of sales or property tax losses from the time of the Oil spill. BP has already tried to settle out for $76,000 with Gulfport, but the offer was rejected. The city is still hoping that the claim can be settled without having to go to court but does not understand how a bp claim was worth $76,000 and now it is not worth anything.
BP Settlement: What we can do for you
Do you qualify for a BP Settlement: Again it is important to remember that just because BP settles out does not mean you have to settle on the amount. The BP Settlement between BP and the U.S. does not mean you have to settle for a less than you deserve. BP and the GCCF have a history of giving low ball offers, and not paying people what they truly lost as a result of the oil spill. BP will have no choice but to settle out. Do not be the one who settled for less than what was deserved. We have BP claims consultants and have connected with attorneys who will help you get the compensation that is owed to you and will fight the GCCF, BP, and Ken Feinberg. We are not standing down, and are still fighting to help as many people as possible get their BP Settlement.
BP Claims Settlement News
BP Claims Settlement news hit the wire according to a recent report. BP may settle all oil spill claims for 25 Billion Dollars according to Morgan Stanley. Analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that the Department of Justice and BP will come to terms before the February 27th trial date. It appears that it will be announced before February 7th when BP is suppose to release it`s fourth quarter results.
This is very significant for everyone that was affected by the BP Oil Spill. Please note this is just the beginning of this hitting the news, we predicted it would be 30 Billion back in late September. BP is trying to avoid the trial in February, it is obvious that for a number of reasons things will not bode well for BP, if in fact they go to trial. BP personnel are now facing criminal charges. If you look at all the news surrounding BP and the GCCF, the audit the GCCF is currently undergoing, the upcoming trial date for BP, and now the criminal charges, the best thing for BP is to prepare for a BP Claims Settlement.
BP Claims Settlement and What to do Next
If you have had issues with the GCCF, or if you have not put forth your BP claim and want to be a part of the BP Claims Settlement, now is the time to cure any and all deficiencies in your claims, and if you are having difficulty, call us at 1-800-BP-Claim. The initial consultation is free, even if you want to try to do it yourself.
We have had one goal from the very beginning, and that still holds true today, We just want to help as many people as possible. We have true BP Claims Experts to help you, they have Juris Doctrates, we have a great track record of getting people and businesses paid. We even have folks that worked for the Firm contracted by the GCCF to process your claims working for Us now, and they know exactly what needs to be done to get your BP Claims Paid. We do all of this for 15%, half of what many attorneys charge, if you need the help of an Attorney we have them too, and your total fee will be no more then 25%-33.3%. We can Help you prepare for a BP Claims Settlement.
How will the BP Claims Settlement take place
We have heard rumors around a BP Claims Settlement for months, in the last few weeks they have been more abundant. It seems that there are several different formats that your BP Claims will get paid out. One rumor is that the GCCF will stay in place, but with a new methodology and new oversight, the other possibility is it will be setup as they do after a Hurricane with some sort of tribunal format, and another is that people will get paid through one of several court methods, possibly even set up at the local level. What do all of these have in common, you will need to have your claims properly organized and calculated, and that`s what we specialize in. So if you want to get ready for the BP Settlement make sure you are prepared, if you need help. We will help you with your BP Claims Settlement.
Our BP Claims System is Working
We are very proud to announce that BP Claims are getting paid and the system we introduced and innovated is working. If you read this blog we introduced a new system where your information is gathered by BP Claims consultants, some of our consultants were formally working for the law firm the GCCF contracted to process the claims.
The claim is evaluated after an interview process with the claimant, then the claimant is given clear direction of what they need to do if they want their claim paid. If you follow these directions given by our in house experts, and allow them to package and organize your claim, they are seeing an exceptionally high success rate. Our BP Claims Team members know how to do this, because at one time they were working for the other side, and they know the in`s and out`s of the claims process, because they were the ones processing the claims.
They know why claims are denied, stalled, labeled deficient, and how to cure causation issues. Most of our in-house advisers have their Jurist Doctorates, and have extensive claims preparation knowledge.
BP Claims Recent News
The GCCF historically pays BP Claims in waves. We are very happy to tell you that in this most recent wave we have had great success in getting your BP Claims get paid. In fact many individual claims were paid within 45 days of submission, claims that we asked to be re-reviewed were paid within 7 days, and multiple business claims were paid with in 60 days of submission.
The key when you are working with our Consultants is to listen very carefully, and furnish the paperwork they ask for in a timely manner. The biggest issues many have had with processing your BP Claims has been chasing the paperwork, and not being familiar with the BP Claims process. It is up to you to furnish the paperwork we request, we will help you.
We are serious about getting your BP Claims paid, and request that the people we work with are serious too. If your claim is at the GCCF we can help you, claims that are denied or stalled can be re-reviewed and set back on track through our system.
BP Claims Business Specialists
BP Business Claims are very different from individual claims, many of the supporting documents needed to substantiate a BP Business Claim greatly impact the likelihood of your claims getting paid. Showing causation is a key factor. We have handled Business Claims from $15 million to $5,000 dollars and treated them all with the thoroughness and the due diligence they deserve. It is important to link the Oil Spill with the down turn in Business, and that can be done in a number of ways.
Other factors that need to be included are any tax records, profit and loss statements, and contracts that were cancelled due to the spill. These components can all have substantial impact and carry different degrees of weight. When these are all organized in the proper manner and calculated they are the trended.
Trending is perhaps the most misunderstood application when one is figuring their BP Claims, it is also the reason many claims are denied. If you need Help our fees start at just 15%, if we need to get an Attorney involved, your total fee will be no greater then 25%, and all fees are contingent upon you getting paid, there is no upfront cost.
We will Help you with your BP Claims.