Deepwater Horizon Settlements

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION?

The Economic and Property Damages Class Action Settlement that was reached between BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation is final and the deadline to file a claim under this Settlement Agreement is June 8, 2015. On Jan. 11, 2013, Barbier granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement.These settlements cover economic losses, property damage and physical injuries suffered by eligible Gulf Coast businesses, workers and residents as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Economic and Property Damages Settlement Program began operating on June 4, 2012, and qualified claims will be paid immediately as they are approved. It is critical that anyone that may have a claim that fits within the Economic and Property Damages Class Action Settlement file by June 8, 2015. After that deadline, all new claims will not be allowed.

On May 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced the start of the court-ordered Notice Program notifying people, businesses and other entities about the settlements. Read the Notice Program announcement.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE IF YOU:

  • Own a business hurt by the BP oil spill
  • Own coastal or wetlands property hurt by the oil spill
  • Work in the seafood industry
  • Served as an oil spill cleanup worker

WHAT ARE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS?

Because the settlements are complex, we strongly recommend that you obtain legal counsel if you have not yet done so. Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice was a lead negotiator in the settlements, and Motley Rice BP claims lawyers have been representing people and businesses hurt by the oil spill since shortly after the disaster occurred. Our attorneys are available to talk to you about your rights under the settlements and new claims process.

UNDER THE AGREEMENT:

  • Two separate class actions settled: an economic and property damages class and a medical benefits class.
  • New, separate court-supervised claims programs were established for each class.
  • The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) was replaced with a claims program called the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program to cover economic loss and property damage.
  • A separate court-supervised claims program was established to cover medical-related losses.
  • Claims that may fit within the settlement programs must be received no later than June 8, 2015.

NEW CLAIMS PROGRAMS

We want to see that you are fully compensated for your losses. The new claims programs are court-supervised to ensure fair, impartial and consistent processing and payment.

  • You do not have to have previously litigated claims or filed claims with the GCCF in order to file with the new claims programs. Claims filings must be received by June 8, 2015.
  • All outstanding GCCF claims and non-expired offers are protected, and claims with expired GCCF offers can be re-submitted under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
  • All pending claim submissions, papers and forms were transferred to the new Settlement Program under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
  • Claimants can file multiple economic claims under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement if those additional claims are filed within six months of the first.
  • The settlements have no financial caps and hold BP accountable.
  • Eligible claimants can recover from one program or both.

MOTLEY RICE AND DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL

Since shortly after the BP oil spill occurred in April 2010, Motley Rice has been representing people and businesses hurt by the BP oil spill, both those pursuing litigation and those needing help filing and negotiating their claims.

We are now helping people like you to file claims through the new claims programs.

Motley Rice co-founder and BP claims lawyer Joseph Rice is an active member of the BP litigation PSC negotiating team. Motley Rice members John Baden and Fred Baker were central to the settlement process. Motley Rice member Kevin Dean also served on the GCCF Jurisdiction & Court Oversight Workgroup. They and several other Motley Rice attorneys played an integral role negotiating the Deepwater Horizon settlements.
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