BP terminates internal claims program, leaving many without recourse

Oil giant BP terminated its internal claims program four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, leaving thousands of victims without recourse to pursue reparations for their damages, Al Jazeera America reported on July 14.

This internal claims program (which is different from the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program) has been utilized by injured rig workers, small business owners, and even casino firms whose businesses were affected by the oil spill and who weren’t eligible to be paid under the court-supervised settlement.

BP senior vice president for United States communications and external affairs Geoff Morrell said the closure of the internal claims program will not affect the majority of claim settlers, although lawyer Stuart Smith and others believe BP is abandoning thousands of victims who may be eligible to claim compensation.

Successfully filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be an arduous and tedious process and may take a long time. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher believe you should not be accountable for any financial damages that occurred as the result of this disastrous incident. If you need help filing a claim or appealing a rejected claim, call our offices at (888) 220-0640 today.

BP pursuing funds from those overpaid in oil spill compensation suit

In a court filing on June 27, BP asked a federal judge to order the return of overpaid funds plus interest from payments made to businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Associated Press reported.

BP said the court should mandate a recalculation of the awards because it was agreed in courts last May that the policy for calculating losses needed to be revised. Meanwhile, BP continues to contest the court’s decision that businesses don’t need to provide proof that they were directly affected by the oil spill in order to get compensation from the company.

The legal process of filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be a tedious undertaking. For this reason, you should employ the legal services of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher, who can help you file a claim or appeal a denied claim. Call our offices today at (888) 220-0640 to discuss your situation.

La. governor approves $1 billion earmark of BP settlement money

Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, has approved setting aside $1 billion in BP oil spill recovery money to make up the state’s “rainy day” fund, plus an elderly trust fund that has gone through budget cuts for the past few years.

Jindal’s office announced Jun. 13 that the oil spill fund will be used to balance next year’s state budget.

This amount is different from other civil penalties from environmental law violations; the penalty for these violations will be earmarked for coastal restoration and protection endeavors.

The oil spill money is still undergoing federal litigation and its date of availability to the state is still unknown.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, caused by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion, has affected the lives of thousands along the coast. If you have been adversely affected by the oil spill and are still having trouble receiving the compensation you believe you deserve, our knowledgeable attorneys at the Williams Kherkher Law Group may be able to help.  Call our offices at 800-220-9341 if you are interested in our legal help.

BP can’t delay damage payments

London oil giant BP Plc, formerly known as British Petroleum, is not permitted to postpone paying hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims to businesses and residents that were affected when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well in Macondo exploded in 2010, Insurance Journal reported on May 27.

The Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals recently decided that BP should proceed paying the victims although the U.S. Supreme Court has not finished reviewing the company’s dispute that the settlement price was bloated.

In December of last year, a trial judge allowed BP to suspend payments to businesses allegedly affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even those with undeniable proof that they were harmed, while the appeals court looked into a BP complaint. The company asserted that the claims administrator told them to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in “fictitious” claims, increasing the settlement’s price tag to $9.2 billion.

Our aggressive attorneys at Williams Kherkher are highly experienced with the Deepwater Horizon claims process. If you need assistance filing a claim as a resident or a business owner, call our offices at (888) 220-0640 to discuss your situation.

Louisiana budget missing funding for Gulf oil spill courtroom fees

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell made a request to local lawmakers that that they augment the 2014-2015 budget with an additional $15 million, without which his office cannot afford investigators and third-party experts who are currently working on building a case for the litigation against London-based oil giant BP, the Advocate reported on May 18.

Caldwell’s spokeswoman, Laura Gerdes Colligan, indicated in an email to reporters this week that lack of funds would stop all of the work. Louisiana is currently locked in an ongoing court battle with BP, whose Deepwater Horizon oil well in Macondo’s explosion spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, damaging both the economy and natural environment of Louisiana and other states.

If your business or residence has been negatively affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and you need to file for a financial compensation claim with BP, get in touch with our attorneys from the Williams Kherkher law group by dialing (888) 220-0640.

BP’s fines could top $17B for violations against Clean Water Act

British oil giant BP will find out how much it will have to pay in fines for its involvement in the 2010 oil spill during the final phase of trial this coming January. Fines under the Clean Water Act could surpass a whopping $17 billion.

BP has already set aside over $42 billion in a fund for paying off fines and compensation.

The first phase of the trial covered the issue of negligence and ended April of last year. The second phase, which concluded last October, dealt with determining how many million barrels of oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon. The first two phases will help determine how much BP’s fines will amount to in the third and final phase of trial.

The leak continued for 87 days and killed 11 BP workers and injured 17 others.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center on your own can be extremely confusing, so don’t hesitate to seek legal assistance from our attorneys at the Williams Kherkher Law Group.  Call our offices at 800-220-9341 to see if we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

Some Animals Still Feeling the Effects of Gulf Oil Spill

Four years have passed since oil giant BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing the deaths of 11 of its workers and the spilling of around 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Aside from negative impacts on nearby states’ beaches, estuaries, commercial fishing industries, and other local businesses, the spill heavily impacted local wildlife. While some of the ecological effects of the oil spill have lessened or disappeared altogether, a number of animals are still suffering from the effects of the spill, including:

  • Brown Pelicans
  • Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Sea Turtles
  • Sperm Whales
  • Loons
  • Red Snapper
  • Oysters
  • Crabs
  • Whale Sharks
  • Tuna

Even years after the BP oil spill, the effects are still vividly felt, both in the environment and in the finances of Gulf Coast residents and businesses. If you suffered losses as a result of the BP spill, you may be eligible for compensation for these losses. To learn more about taking action, contact Williams Kherkher today by calling us at (800) 220-9341.

Crude oil removal in Lake Michigan halted due to inclement weather

The presence of turbulent winds and waves has delayed the search for crude oil that may possibly be submerged offshore in Lake Michigan after oil giant BP Plc’s northwestern Indiana refinery caused an oil spill due to a malfunction on Monday, March 24.

The United States Coast Guard said inclement weather on Friday, March 28 made it impractical for their agents, BP staffers, and the Environmental Protection assessment team to send out boats to get samples along the path of the Whiting refinery’s oil spill.

The work was set to resume Sunday, March 30.

Unfortunately, many people are still suffering losses as a result of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If you need legal representation in order to get the compensation you believe you deserve, our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Williams Kherkher can represent help. Call us at 800-220-9341 to discuss your situation and find out how we may be able to help.

Williams Kherkher Investigating Claims Related to Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill

The team at Williams Kherkher would like to announce that the firm is now investigating claims related to the oil spill in Galveston Bay that occurred just over a week ago. The incident in question occurred on Saturday, March 22, when two barges collided in Galveston Bay, one of which was carrying 924,000 gallons of oil. The collision resulted in the spilling of approximately 170,000 gallons of oil, which shut down the Houston Ship Channel, one of the country’s busiest ports, for several days.

Authorities have reported that the company that operated the oil-carrying barge will be fined by regulators in the state of Texas, and that this fine will occur regardless of the results in any investigations into the incident. If you or your business suffered adverse consequences because of this spill, contact the team at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 and learn more about the legal options that are available to you.

Court dismisses BP’s negation of oil spill compensation

On Monday, March 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rejected London-based oil giant BP’s request to deny claims for businesses seeking compensation that weren’t able to prove their economic losses had been directly caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP spokesman and senior vice president Geoff Morrell said the company doesn’t agree with the decision, saying “claimants whose alleged injuries are not traceable to the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill…are not proper class members under the terms of the settlement.”

BP wants to set the settlement cost at the amount that was reached in 2012, which was $7.8 billion. However, the amount has ballooned up to $9.2 billion in recent calculations.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be stressful, as many applications have been initially rejected. However, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher have a great deal of success getting our clients the compensation they deserve and may be able to help you. Talk about filing a claim with our help by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

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