Federal judge denies BP’s request to pause payments

On Wednesday, February 26 U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier denied BP’s request to suspend payments to seafood workers. BP wanted the payments suspended after suspecting Mikal Watts, the lawyer representing seafood workers, of committing fraud.

Attorneys for BP contested that the $2.3 billion oil spill seafood compensation fund was inflated. The claim was dismissed because BP’s attorneys couldn’t verify that Watts committed fraud.

A total of $1 billion from the fund has already been distributed.

If you are having trouble collecting compensation from your BP oil spill claim, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher could help you collect. Call (888) 220-0640 to speak with a member of our skilled legal team today.


Former Halliburton manager sentenced for BP oil spill

Anthony Badalamenti, former Halliburton manager, was sentenced to probation and community service on Tuesday, January 21.

His senencing was related to an incident in 2010, when Badalamenti destroyed incriminating evidence against Halliburton after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In this case, destruction of evidence is considered a misdemeanor offense.

The maximum sentencing that Badalamenti faced was one year in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey only ordered him be one probation, to perform 100 hours of community service, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

The issues surrounding the BP spill continue to affect people living in and around coastal regions. The lawyers at Williams Kherkher fight to make sure that victims of the spill are compensated properly. Call our offices today at (888) 220-0640 to find out how we can help you.


BP files lawsuit against lawyer due to ‘fraudulent’ oil spill claims

London-based oil giant BP Plc (formerly known as British Petroleum) filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday, December 17 against Texas lawyer Mikal Watts accusing him  of fraudulently claiming to represent thousands of plaintiffs who supposedly were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

According to the lawsuit filed in New Orleans, the Social Security numbers representing Watts’ clients are dummy numbers or belong to other people who were not actually making claims. According to the lawsuit, Watts filed 648 claims, 631 of which have already been processed. Only eight were eligible claims.

BP spokesman Geoff morel stated that “the false representations improperly inflated the value of potential claims against the Seafood Compensation Program and resulted in an overblown $2.3 billion fund.”

At Williams Kherkher, we know that there are many legitimate businesses and individuals in need of compensation as a result of the BP oil spill. If you need help filing a claim and want the help of an attorney with a proven track record handling such cases, call us at (888) 220-0640.


BP attempts to stall settlement payouts

After the Deepwater Horizon spill settlement amount ballooned from $7.8 billion to $9.4 billion, BP’s lawyers have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for a stay on their settlement payouts. BP’s lawyers claimed that Judge Carl Barbier didn’t review all of the spill claims thoroughly enough.

Additionally, BP’s legal team accused Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator, of approving fraudulent business and residential damage claims.

BP’s accusations have caused some frustration in the court. Judge Barbier said that he is “deeply disappointed” with BP’s legal team for trying to undermine his credibility. Judge Barbier also mentioned that BP’s actions attempt to undercut the court’s authority.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused significant damage to Gulf coast residents’ homes and businesses. If you have experienced ecomonic losses due to the strain that the oil spill has put on the coast, contact the experienced Houston attorneys of Williams Kherkher. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to find out how we can help you pursue compensation.


Discrepancies among BP class action settlement

BP continues to rack up personal, environmental, and economic injury lawsuits concerning the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Settlement costs have now moved past the once-agreed on $7.8 billion to approximately $9 billion.

The damage caused to the Gulf of Mexico has negatively affected both commercial and residential properties. All of the residential claim lawsuits and commercial claim lawsuits were organized into a class action.

A business must fulfill two requirements to be covered by the class action settlement. It must be located within the specific geographic region affected by the oil spill. There must be evidence of economic loss based on expected versus actual profit over more than three consecutive months between May and December 2010.

On October 2 District Judge Carl Barbierto was ordered to draft an injunction that would temporarily cease settlement payments until after the final terms could be agreed upon. The settlement’s final terms are expected to be presented by Barbierto on December 2.

If you encounter difficulty filing an oil spill claim with Deepwater Horizon Claims Center in the Houston area, contact Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 to learn of the services that we can provide for you.


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