Sea Rim State Park to get more BP oil spill recovery money

A proposed draft plan for the next installment of money to be paid by oil giant BP would provide more assistance to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Sea Rim State Park.

The Gulf Coast states will be given an allocation of $627 million, according to this proposal, to help them reorganize and repair damage. Of this sum, $18.4 million is to be given to fund Texas restoration projects. Under this proposal, the Sea Rim State Park would receive a little over $210,000. Also included in the list of Texas projects is the rehabilitation of the Galveston Island State Park, which would be given $10.8 million for beach facilities, and an effort to reconstruct three offshore artificial reefs, which will be allotted around $7.4 million.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be difficult and complicated, as BP has been successful in turning down a good number of claims. However, with the help of our legal team at Williams Kherkher, you may be more likely to get the financial assistance you need. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to further discuss your claim.

BP objects to $7.8 billion settlement deal for Gulf Coast residents and businesses

On Monday, November 4, London-based BP (formerly known as British Petroleum), Gulf Coast residents, and businesses faced off at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear BP’s objections to the $7.8-billion dollar deal that was supposed to pay residents and businesses for the damages caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP is anxious about the possibility that it might be paying out inflated or fake claims by fraudulent businesses since claims administrator Patrick Juneau allowed businesses to modify how they calculate the actual amount for lost profits in January.

As of Friday, November 1, BP has already paid an estimated $3.7 billion to around 38,000 people and businesses. It has yet to agree to a specific amount of business payouts as of recent developments.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has affected many people and businesses, causing serious life changes and losses. At Williams Kherkher, our lawyers make sure that people who have legitimate claims following this oil spill get the compensation they need. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today so we can help you process  your claim.

Williams Kherkher and Brian Blackwell Help Louisiana Business Owners

Brian Blackwell from Blackwell and Associates recently spoke to business owners in Tallulah about the work that he and Williams Kherkher are doing to help business owners in the region who may have suffered losses in the 2010 BP oil spill. To read more about this talk and the work that Williams Kherkher and Blackwell are doing, click here.

Jury finds BP negligent in Texas emissions event

A Galveston jury found BP PLC negligent and responsible for an emissions event that took place for 41 days in 2010. A unanimous decision stated that while it was indeed BP PLC that caused the pollution, there was a lack of evidence to conclude that the technical problems at the Texas City refinery made people ill.

BP has faced several lawsuits, including the ultracracker flare, among other repeated violations in the refinery in 2010 and a 15-day gas leak in 2011 – all these aside from the major oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

The emissions case reached its verdict after two days and three hours.

Unfortunately, the BP oil spill caused serious damage to both individuals and businesses. If you have been harmed by this disaster, our lawyers from Williams Kherkher can help you explore your options for pursuing a claim. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to find out how we can help.

BP makes another request to suspend settlement payments

BP requested another temporary suspension of settlement payments owed to residents and businesses along the Gulf Coast on Monday. The basis for their request lies in apparent misconduct within the payment program.

Though the misconduct within the claims department proved to be true, Louis Freeh, former FBI Director, said there was no reason for the settlement payments to be temporarily discontinued.

BP has previously requested on two separate occasions a suspension of settlement payments. Both requests were denied by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. It has not been said yet whether Barbier will approve this third request or not.

If you were affected by the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Our lawyers at Williams Kherkher have a great deal of experience helping claimants get the money they need and might be able to do the same for you. Call us today at (888) 220-0640.

Nonprofits may be entitled to compensation for BP oil spill

The BP explosion and oil spill at Deepwater Horizon may have been the nation’s largest environmental crisis. Due to a court settlement, the company is expected to pay out around $7.8 billion dollars for damages to companies, corporations, and nonprofits.

Nonprofits are included for two major reasons. First, these organizations were one of the first to help smooth over damages after the accident—often using their own funds. Secondly, donors who were affected economically may not have the funds to donate to their usual nonprofits, placing additional financial burdens on these organizations.

The final deadline to file for a claim is August 2014, according to The Non Profit Times.

If your wildlife preservation organization, historical society, disease research organization, educational organization, or other non-profit organization may have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it is advisable to take legal action as soon as possible. Contact our lawyers at Williams Kherker in Houston at (888) 220-0640 to find out if we may be able to help you handle a non-profit claim.

Federal appeals court reverses ruling in BP case

A ruling that previously favored BP in a multi-million dollar dispute over insurance coverage was reversed by a New Orleans federal appeals court on Thursday, August 29.

BP is pushing for a portion of the $750 million insurance coverage in order to help them shoulder pollution-related expenses from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, claiming they are entitled to it based on the existing insurance agreement of a drilling contractor.

In November of 2010, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier disagreed with the London-based multinational oil company’s version of the insurance policy. Then on March 1, Barbier’s verdict was reversed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in favor of BP. However, Barbier’s ruling against BP remains in effect until the New Orleans appeals court council talks with the Texas Supreme Court in order to allow the federal appeals court finally make a decision on the case.

If you are looking to file a claim seeking money from the BP oil spill settlement, talk with the legal team at Williams Kherkher about our success rates in handling such cases by calling us at (888) 220-0640 today.

Williams Kherkher visits Ruston, La. to talk about BP oil spill claims with business leaders

Yesterday, attorneys from Williams Kherkher spoke with business leaders from Lincoln Parish about their options for filing a claim with the BP oil spill settlement. The team stressed both that claims can still be filed against BP and that a business does not necessarily have to be located directly on the coast to be considered eligible for compensation under the settlement.

When speaking with these community business owners, the lawyers also focused on the fact that only a small percentage of eligible people and businesses have filed a BP oil spill claim. In fact, according to Steve Kherkher, a partner with Williams Kherkher, “So far BP has paid out $1.1 billion in economic losses. They’ve set aside $6 billion and there is no cap on those damages.”

While some business owners and operators have expressed concern that their business will not actually qualify to receive money under the settlement, Kherkher also stated, “A big misconception is that you have to show or prove that somehow the oil spill affected your business. You don’t.”

For business owners and managers, such as Michael Gahagan, the general manager at a Holiday Inn Express in Ruston, this is welcome news, as the oil spill indirectly affected their business by decreasing tourism.

If you’ve been affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill in any way, talk with an attorney from Williams Kherkher about filing a claim to pursue compensation for your losses and damages. When you call (888) 220-0640, we can help you evaluate your options and decide on the right course of legal action.

BP Oil Spill Lunch and Learn

The law firm of Williams Kherkher will host an upcoming event, the BP Oil Spill Lunch and Learn, with the assistance of former LSU football player and current attorney Steve Estes to help explain the details of the BP oil spill settlement to individuals and business owners in Louisiana.

The hour-long tutorial will cover the basic aspects of the BP settlement agreement, how individuals and businesses may be able to receive compensation for the damages caused by the spill, and the steps BP has taken to try to appeal approved claims and violate the settlement agreement.

The event will take place on Aug 7, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Parish Library Event Center, 910 North Trenton St., Ruston, LA. A complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees. In order to attend, please RSVP by August 5th by contacting

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