Brian Blackwell Speaks about

Attorney Brian Blackwell from the law firm Blackwell and Associates recently spoke to a group of business owners in Louisiana about the work that he and Williams Hart are doing in the region to help those who have suffered because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He also discussed how the website can help business owners determine whether or not they are eligible to file a claim. To learn more about this event and how can help business owners throughout the gulf coast region, click here.

Halliburton deciding on plan to allocate payment for Gulf oil spill claims

Halliburton, BP’s cement contractor on the Macondo drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, shedding more than 4 million barrels of oil in the process, is planning the best way to allocate payment for settling Gulf oil spill claims, while also submitting to a $1 billion pretax charge.

Disclosure of these talks regarding the settlement has helped the company’s shares, causing them to rise more than 3 percent on April 23’s afternoon trade in the New York Stock Exchange, a change from the first-quarter loss the company experienced in connection with the spill.

Halliburton’s announcement came after the end of the first phase of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial, of which the U.S. government, Gulf Coast states, and private parties affected by the spill were the plaintiffs.

Unfortunately, many people who were negatively affected by this oil spill are not receiving the insurance assistance they should. If this describes your situation, talk with a lawyer from Williams Hart about taking legal action to get the money you need. Call 800-821-1544 today.

BP talking with hedge funds about financial aid regarding oil spill claims

Legal-Bay, BP’s settlement funding firm for Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims, has been in contact with foreign hedge fund investors and other financial institutions to raise more capital that will be used to pay out oil spill plaintiffs with larger claims.

The funding firm announced earlier that they had already amassed $10 million for settlement claims and said that they are looking into securing a total of $7 billion.

Chris Janish, Legal-Bay’s chief executive, said that even though the firm had already secured the finances for small claims, they needed assurance that the bigger claims would be satisfied, so they sought hedge fund investors throughout London, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, as well as other countries in South America for “large BP settlement funding in excess of US $1 million.”

Unfortunately, many people and other parties suffered numerous losses as a result of the BP oil spill. In order to feel more secure that you are getting the financial assistance you deserve after this disaster, work with the attorneys from Williams Hart who have proven success in getting clients the insurance coverage and money they need. Call 800-821-1544 today to discuss your needs.

BP attempts to renegotiate pre-arranged business loss claims

Court-embattled BP is beginning to question the way in which the independent claims administrator is interpreting various business damage settlement claims over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to court administrator Patrick Juneau, BP has notified plaintiffs’ lawyers via email that they are putting business economic loss claims in the categories of agriculture, construction, and professional services on hold.

In April 2012, BP agreed to pay a settlement cost of $7.8 billion to a group of individual parties as compensation for the damages caused by the oil spill. However, cost estimates to cover these damages have recently ballooned to $8.5 billion, prompting this stay on the claims by BP.

U.S. District Judge Carl Babier approved the original claim last December and upheld the new cost estimates last month, saying that the claim is calculated based on a formula that disregards whether the losses were from the spill or were not directly caused by the accident.

Unfortunately, many people with legitimate claims related to the BP oil spill are not being adequately compensated for their losses. Whether you need help with an appeal or an initial claim, our lawyers at Williams Hart can help. Call 800-821-1544 today to find out what we can do to help you through this process.


Ruling in BP Plea Deal Fast Approaching

U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance is expected to issue a ruling on BP’s plea deal just before the end of this month — January 29. With this deadline fast approaching, some of the family members of those killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion have contacted to Vance to share their feelings about the plea deal and to make any last minute requests for additional or alternate penalties in the decision.

According to the existing deal, BP would submit a guilty plea to charges of lying to congress about the amount of oil spilled in the 2010 disaster, and plead guilty to criminal charges related to the 11 deaths that resulted from the rig explosion. For this guilty plea, the case would be settled for a record-breaking $1.3 billion in fines, which is in addition to the $24.2 billion that BP has already paid up to this point. If Vance rejects these penalties, BP could reject the deal altogether.

Unfortunately, even with the incredible amount of money that has already been poured into clean up and restoration efforts, many are still feeling the financial effects of this disaster. If you are having trouble securing the financial assistance you need under the CSSP, do not hesitate to take action. Contact the legal team at Williams Hart today by calling 800-821-1544.

Veterinarians affected by oil spill seek compensation

The disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 has had far reaching economic  and environmental impacts.

Fishermen and other people whose livelihoods depend on the sea have suffered severe economic losses. Losses have trickled down to others who provide goods and services to these individuals. Some veterinarians who serve in areas that were devastated by the oil spill noticed sharp declines in their revenue as people who work in the water lost wages and could no longer afford to take their pets in for care.

People who have lost revenue because of the spill may be eligible for claims against BP. To qualify, they must be able to show a drastic decrease in their income between the year before the spill, the year of the spill, and then a return to normal income the year after the spill.

If you have suffered significant economic losses due to the BP oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

Oil sheen reported off of Gulf coast

The Coast Guard has reported an “oil sheen” off of the coast of Louisiana.

It was originally found by satellite images in the middle of September. The Coast Guard retrieved samples of the water for testing. Luckily, the samples taken show no indication of further damage to marine ecosystems.

The sheen is located very close to the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that dumped over 200 million gallons of oil into the sea.

The oil spill did vast amounts of economic and environmental damage to the Gulf region. If you were negatively impacted by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, contact an oil spill attorney of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

Department of Justice issues biting criticism of BP’s actions

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) lambasted British Petroleum in a brief filed in the same court the oil giant is currently trying to settle civil claims brought against it after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP is in the process of settling claims against it from Gulf coast fishermen and tourist destinations who lost a great deal of income as a result of the oil spill. The DOJ’s criticisms could be enough to cause the long-awaited settlement to be rejected in pursuit of a larger one.

The DOJ is seeking BP be punished for acting grossly negligent in the period leading up to and directly after the spill, citing company emails and the its internal investigation following the spill. There is evidence that the company may have been aware something was not right with the well, but continued operations without taking the proper safety measures.

If you have lost business as a result of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, contact the oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

Oil spill may have long-term effects on migratory shorebird populations

Many of the 2010 BP oil spill’s long-term consequences have so far remained relatively unknown, but as time marches forward, the environmental effects of the largest oil spill in history are becoming increasingly apparent.

A recent study by researchers from Louisiana’s Tulane University, examined the oil spill’s effects on migratory shorebirds along the 650 miles of the Gulf coast where oil from the spill washed ashore. It is difficult for researchers to measure the exact impact the oil spill had on these birds because solid population figures did not exist until after the spill. However, they believe that more than one million birds from 28 species were potentially exposed to oil.

These birds migrate to the Gulf region from as far away as the Arctic and South America. The oil’s effect on their health may delay their migration patterns, which could effect food chains in those regions.

It is not easy to assess the damage the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has had on wildlife and families who live along the coast. If you have been effected by the oil spill, contact the oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

Oil dispersant used in spill cleanup has toxic consequences

The dispersant chemicals used to clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have done just as much harm to the ocean as they did good. The Government Accountability Office recently reported that scientists have significant gaps in their understanding of how these chemicals affect marine life, and will likely not know for years to come.

The main chemical BP used to disperse the oil was called Corexit, a mixture of 57 chemicals made by an Illinois company named Nalco. Companies are not allowed to use Corexit to clean oil spills in the waters of Canada and the United Kingdom. It was chosen for BP’s spill because Nalco was the only company who could provide the necessary amount of dispersant quickly enough.

The BP oil spill was the first time a chemical dispersant was pumped down to such great depths. When Corexit reacts with oil, it creates a substance that is more toxic than either chemical individually, potentially contaminating the water deep in the ocean, where currents could carry it just about anywhere in the world.

The true extent of the consequences of the Gulf oil spill and the immediate responses to it are perhaps more far-reaching than anyone could have previously imagined. If the oil spill has had an effect on your business, livelihood, or health, contact the oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.





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