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  • retiredbill retiredbill Dec 10, 2013 10:12 PM Flag

    BP oil spill claims system shut down

    Dec 9, 2013
    BP oil spill claims system shut down

    Google the header..............

    ** Area businesses with claims totaling millions of dollars face a six- to 12-month delay in payment, said Kevin McLean, a Tampa lawyer specializing in handling BP claims.

    “Nothing is being paid,” he said. “I think the stay will remain. It’s exactly what (BP) wanted. It’s shocking.” **

    I certainly don`t feel sorry for this greedy #$%$!

    Bill

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    • A company that has damaged the environment trying to weasel out of paying anything.

    • Good. I read the article. I love the part:

      “The stay covers the vast majority if not all claims, even those approved or on appeal,”McLean said. “If he lifts the stay, it will be only for a narrow category of claims."

      So the claims attorney is admitting that most claims were frivolous and had no direct relation to the spill. Isn't that amazing. "Most claims were frivolous" laments the claims attorney who also probably laments his choice of practice. No more BP to support the welfare lines and attorneys who thought the days of chasing ambulances were over.

      The Gulf state citizens might actually have to find a useful purpose in life other than filling out claims forms. Unfortunately, the true victims, the few and truly deserving, will get steamrolled in the process of eliminating the rampant abuse. I feel sorry for them. BP wanted to remunerate them, agreed to do so with minimal process. BP never imagined that feeding a few deserving fish would bring out a massive number of parasites and sharks to get a share.

      I say go BP. Enough abuse. Play Exxon now. Fight every claim whether legit or not. Make everyone know that the welfare line is now an ugly place to be. Extend the claims process, appeal every verdict ad nauseum, wear the claimants and administrators down, then settle for pennies on the dollar. That's the Exxon way, and that is the way future disasters will be played. BP tried to do it the right way. Those days are over.

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      • Are we talking about the Dec 9, 2013, article by Jane Meinhardt of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, under the headline "BP oil spill claims system shut down"? If so, I just read it, and it seems like a reasonablly accurate description of the 5th Circuit's 12/2 ruling on the topic, and Judge Barbier's 12/5 order complying with that appellate court ruling.

        Having read your post, I looked for but didn't see any comment by the "claims attorney" quoted in the article about the volume of fraud claims, and he certainly did not "admit[] that most claims were frivolous and had no direct relation to the spill." I don't think anybody doubts that that some number of BEL claims with dubious links to the spill event have been submitted and paid based strictly on the agreed and approved formula, and now it looks like further abuse of this loophole will be prevented, which seems like good development. But nothing said by the attorney quoted in this article was even remarkable, let alone an "admission" of anything.

        For the record, the quoted comments -- all of which related to the stay ordered by Judge Barbier on 12/5 -- were:

        “Nothing is being paid,” he said.
        “I think the stay will remain. It’s exactly what (BP) wanted. It’s shocking.”
        “The stay covers the vast majority if not all claims, even those approved or on appeal,”McLean said. “If he lifts the stay, it will be only for a narrow category of claims.”

      • "I say go BP... Play Exxon now. Fight every claim whether legit or not... Extend the claims process, appeal every verdict ad nauseum, wear the claimants and administrators down, then settle for pennies on the dollar. That's the Exxon way."

        For every BP shill there are 100 or more of us, fighting for justice, making sure BP is held to its agreement now that the media has left. And we have righteousness on our side. The spirit of Nelson Mandela inspires and moves us to action. The residue of corporate malfeasance and profit hangs like a reminder of our job ahead. You speak for the attempt of elite corporate and political power to avoid responsibility, we speak for damaged victims awarded what is rightly theirs, you defend power structure, we hold corporate crime accountable.

        I have spoken enough. You are warned what you and BP are up against.

        Good luck to all who are on the right side of history!!

      • It's exactly what BP wanted but it is not shocking. It is BEYOND clear that the settlement is being managed unfairly, with open hands to almost everyone, and the INTENT of the settlement has been overlooked, mis-interpretated, mishandled and MORE. Things are changing and they are going to change even more. There's always the supreme court. And BP is going to go there. AND BP WILL WIN THERE.

        I have had enough of morons like IKKI and Judge Barbier who are just nasty C U Next Tuesdays and desperately need to get some K Y JELLY and stop being dried out old C U Next Tuesdays will be proven WRONG over and over and over and over again.

        Going away for a few days! CIAO!!

    • Again, just to clarify the situation here, the stay on some claims is only because there's another appeal that has to be decided, it's not the Court saying without causation the claims can not ever be paid.

      If the other appeal is decided in favor of allowing the class action to continue, not only will the claims administrator return to processing claims as done before (in my opinion), but the claims deadline will have been extended even further.

      At best, this is a delay for BP. Nothing more for sure can be said now. Let's keep it accurate!!

 
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