Former BP engineer arrested for obstruction of justice

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice after deleting hundreds of text messages from his phone that contained important information concerning the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company specifically ordered employees to retain all information concerning the oil well, including text messages.

He is the first person to face criminal charges in relation to the BP oil spill.

Mr. Mix is being accused of deleting  important information about the spill’s rate of flow. A precise measurement of the oil that spilled into the ocean is a crucial detail because it determines how much BP will be fined in accordance with the US Clean Water Act.

Mr. Mix was part of a team BP set up to determine how much oil was being drained into the ocean. Mix exchanged texts with one of his supervisors and a contractor during his time on this special internal team.

Of the over 200 texts that were deleted, investigators were able to forensically recover some of them. Recovered texts indicated that the actual amount of oil gushing from the well was much higher than BP’s public reports indicated. One such text put the measurement at over 15,000 barrels a day, while the public report was only 5,000 at the time.

The BP oil disaster had a profound environmental impact on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If your life or business has been adversely affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill, contact the Gulf oil spill lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at 800-821-1544.

Documents reveal details of BP’s $20 billion fund

According to documents from lawyers handling the $20 billion fund, people and businesses that are seeking to sue BP and other defendants involved in the Gulf oil spill for a lump sum of the $20 billion fund may have to waive their right to sue.

The legal documents are the first sign of who will be receiving money from the $20 billion fund. These documents also show that the plan to pay claims focuses on geographic proximity as a main factor.

The claims that will be the easiest to receive payments will be restaurant and hotel owners with beachfront property, seafood processors, fishermen and shrimpers because they are closest to where the oil hit the shore. Large sections of people who are indirectly affected from the spill will have a harder time receiving money.

If you or a loved one has had property damage because of the Gulf oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill property owners lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544 today.

States try to help their Gulf regions after spill

States that have a Gulf area that has been affected by the oil spill can work to help the regions return to their normal state in many ways.

For example, the states can help make sure that the oil is being properly disposed of. Louisiana has a solid waste plan that was put into motion after Hurricane Katrina and is being used similarly now.

Officials in Gulf states have said that landfills that were supposed to last for multiple years are filling up rather quickly. Another issue that state officials can help with is to support constituents that received property damage after the spill and help them to receive the proper reimbursement.

If you or a loved one has received property damage after the Gulf oil spill, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Gulf oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544 today to discuss your legal options.

BP pays $7 thousand to three Texas residents

BP has awarded three people in Jones County, Texas  a total of $7 thousand for damages from the Deep Horizon oil spill that occurred on April 20.

Although BP has not disclosed the names of the people that received money in the claims, the exact amount has been released, $7,702. A company spokesman has said that the claims were probably to people that had interest in the fishing and real estate industry in the Gulf.

Most claims have been to people that live close the Gulf but there has been three claims paid out in Oldham County, Texas, which is located near the Panhandle.

If you or a loved one has suffered property damage after the oil spill, you may able to receive compensation for your loss. Contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

Kenneth Fienberg discusses BP damage claim payments

Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer who ran the compensation fund for victims of September 11, is now the lawyer in charge dispersing Gulf Oil spill funds. Feinberg said that this case will be much more difficult.

Feinberg met with the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business and told them that even with the $20 billion fund, it will not be enough to pay all of the claims needed. The indirect damage claims are what he says will be the most challenging to pay out.

For example, a hotel that did not receive physical damage, but the oil spill lead to loss in tourism causing them to lose revenue. Judging damages to real estate will be hard to determine because being compensated for loss of property value is hard to measure.

If you or a loved one has suffered property damage from the oil spill, contact the Gulf Oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

Oil spill claims against BP arrive quickly

Claims against British Petroleum after the Gulf oil spill are coming in quicker than BP can pay. These figures were found after a consulting firm hired by Louisiana began to track BP’s claims and payments.

During the month of June, claims jumped from 30,000 to 85,000 and were coming 2.5 times quicker than BP could pay them out. The group also mentioned that BP has added 451 new claims adjusters to keep up with the influx of claims.

The average daily payout that BP is seeing is $2 million a day. This rose to $11 million a day during the middle of the month and then was back down again by the end of June. Louisiana hired this group to track the payments because they wanted to make sure that people were getting their money as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has had property damage due to the oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

Florida property owners sue appraisers

Residents in Northwest Florida that are in direct line of the oil spill are suing property appraisers in three counties because they are curious about whether their property values will suffer.

The property appraisers feel that this suit is ridiculous because they are claiming it is far too soon to assess the damage from the spill because there is not enough data. Property owners are concerned with the fact that their property taxes could rise and they want to be aware of any changes as soon as possible.

The suit was filed by two married couples and two individuals. A team was appointed by the governor to assess the damage that the oil spill has had on property values and state and local revenue, but it has been said that this data will be available for months.

If you or a loved one has had property damaged in the oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill property damage attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544 to discuss your legal options.

Florida’s economy suffers from spill

The economical cost of the oil spill could cost Florida $10 billion and 195,000 jobs to Florida citizens.

Economists from the University of Florida have determined that the tourism in Florida will be cut in half and no one knows when or if the oil will spill onto the beach.

If the situation on the beach does not improve and tourists are not scared to visit, hotels in Florida may take a significant blow. Also, it is unsure how many counties will be affected by the oil spill therefore the amount of revenue that will be lost from the economy can not be determined.

If you or a loved one has had property destroyed by the oil spill or your way of living has been disrupted, contact the Gulf oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

BP claims payments may be taxed

People who are victims of the Gulf of Mexico disaster will be taxed on the money received from BP when taxes are due. The money will be taxed by the IRS as if it were normal income.

According to officials, BP has written 34,400 checks totaling $111.2 million for claims that have been filed. A Louisiana Representative announced a bill last week that would allow for the money from BP to be tax exempt because he said that the victims in his state will be stretching the money enough without having to worry about saving money for taxes.

BP has also announced that they will have a hot line on July 17 for questions about how the IRS will handle the payments.

If you or a loved one has suffered property loss from the oil spill, contact the Gulf Oil Spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

New claims process created for faster independent claims processing

In order the ensure that independent claims are processed quickly a new, fairer and faster process has been created. The new process has multiple steps to be put in place in order for it to be successful.

As mentioned before, Kenneth Feinberg, will serve as the independent claims administrator to ensure that the claims will remain independent. A panel of three judges will be available to hear appeals.

There will be a facility created to create a standard for recoverable claims and will also help decide claims as quickly as possible. All claims processed under the facility have access to the $20 billion escrow account for payment.

If you or a family member has had their lives dramatically effected after the oil spill in the Gulf, contact the Oil spill claims process lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-821-1544.

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