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BP’s Recklessness Was the Cause of the Gulf Oil Spill, Judge Rules

Presiding District Court Judge Carl Barber ruled today that BP’s gross negligence and willful misconduct led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.  With this ruling, BP now faces enhanced civil penalties under the Clean Water Act, which could reach $18 billion. In his 153-page ruling, Judge Barbier said BP made “profit-driven decisions” during the […]

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Attorneys and Accountants Representing Clients in BP Settlement Program: Let Us Co-Counsel or Be Your Referral Partner So you Can Move On with Your Business

The BP Settlement Program, which commenced in 2012, was supposed to be straightforward, objective, and transparent.  As it turns out, new policies, increasing document requests, and frequent appeals have complicated the process to the point of frustration for many on the client service side.  In addition, far more advocacy is required for successful claims representation.  […]

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While Economic Recovery Claim Payments Restart, Environmental Impacts of BP Oil Spill Still Being Discovered

More than four years after the BP oil spill, the full extent of the impact is still unknown.  That’s because environmental experts are still uncovering damage.  Just last month, a massive tar mat, measuring 32 feet long and 9 feet wide, was discovered off of Gulf Islands National Seashore’s Fort Pickens Beach. Florida Panhandle officials […]

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Fifth Circuit Issues Mandate to Lift Stay on BP Claim Payments; Will Not Delay Payments to Deserving Businesses any Further

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a mandate vacating the injunction that imposed a Stay on claim payments back on October 3, 2013.  This came only one day after BP’s motion to keep the Stay in place was denied by the same Court. In a short response, the Fifth Circuit issued this mandate:  […]