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Award-winning documentary about BP oil spill released

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Williams Hart   

A new film about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that transpired when London-based oil giant BP’s Macondo well exploded in April 2010, called The Great Invisible, is currently showing in select cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter stated.

According to Peabody Award-winning director Margaret Brown, her documentary was done in a span of four years wherein she interviewed Deepwater Horizon crew members who survived the initial blast, local residents whose homes or businesses were affected by the spill, BP settlement lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, and BP’s executives and primary officials.

The Great Invisible premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It then got sponsored by distribution company Radius-TWC (Citizenfour, 20 Feet from Stardom), which has claimed it as an Oscars contender.

If you have suffered losses due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Hart, so we can help you file for financial compensation from BP. Call our offices today at (713) 352-7071 to set up an appointment with us.

Former Halliburton manager sentenced for BP oil spill

Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 10:17 am by Williams Hart   

Anthony Badalamenti, former Halliburton manager, was sentenced to probation and community service on Tuesday, January 21.

His senencing was related to an incident in 2010, when Badalamenti destroyed incriminating evidence against Halliburton after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In this case, destruction of evidence is considered a misdemeanor offense.

The maximum sentencing that Badalamenti faced was one year in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey only ordered him be one probation, to perform 100 hours of community service, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

The issues surrounding the BP spill continue to affect people living in and around coastal regions. The lawyers at Williams Hart fight to make sure that victims of the spill are compensated properly. Call our offices today at (713) 352-7071 to find out how we can help you.

Manatee County plans to use BP oil spill funds for eco-restoration

Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 3:56 pm by Williams Hart   

Manatee County in Florida is applying for $70 million from the BP oil spill case, but it expects to receive much less. Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker said the county expects to receive between 4 and 15 million. The county plans to use the funds for restoration and conservation of the water habitat.

BP is required to pay fines and restitution costs reaching $18 billion as the U.S. District Court in New Orleans continues trying thousands of lawsuits against BP.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was devastating to many families and businesses. If you or a loved one have had your business harmed by the oil spill, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call our attorneys at Williams Hart in Houston at (713) 352-7071 today to find out how an experienced lawyer may be able to handle your BP claim or appeal with dedication and perseverance.

Williams Hart visits Ruston, La. to talk about BP oil spill claims with business leaders

Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 10:43 am by Williams Hart   

Yesterday, attorneys from Williams Hart spoke with business leaders from Lincoln Parish about their options for filing a claim with the BP oil spill settlement. The team stressed both that claims can still be filed against BP and that a business does not necessarily have to be located directly on the coast to be considered eligible for compensation under the settlement.

When speaking with these community business owners, the lawyers also focused on the fact that only a small percentage of eligible people and businesses have filed a BP oil spill claim. In fact, according to Steve Kherkher, a partner with Williams Hart, “So far BP has paid out $1.1 billion in economic losses. They’ve set aside $6 billion and there is no cap on those damages.”

While some business owners and operators have expressed concern that their business will not actually qualify to receive money under the settlement, Kherkher also stated, “A big misconception is that you have to show or prove that somehow the oil spill affected your business. You don’t.”

For business owners and managers, such as Michael Gahagan, the general manager at a Holiday Inn Express in Ruston, this is welcome news, as the oil spill indirectly affected their business by decreasing tourism.

If you’ve been affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill in any way, talk with an attorney from Williams Hart about filing a claim to pursue compensation for your losses and damages. When you call (713) 352-7071, we can help you evaluate your options and decide on the right course of legal action.

BP requests halt of claim payments

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 1:26 pm by Williams Hart   

On July 16, British multinational oil and gas company BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to momentarily cease claim payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents until after Louis Freeh of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded the investigation of a deliberate misappropriation of the multibillion-dollar settlement program.

In April, Barbier refused to halt billion-dollar payments to businesses after BP contested that misinterpretations regarding the settlement have been made by him and court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau. According to BP, he ordered the company to pay for “inflated and fictitious losses.”

BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said it would be “impractical if not impossible” to reclaim the $73 million in weekly claim payments that the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) made during the investigation. Morrell added that BP is simply seeking a pause in the payments, saying that the company shouldn’t have to bear the burden of paying for fraudulent claims.

If you have a business or a residence that has been affected by the BP oil spill, get help making a claim for your losses from an attorney at  Williams Hart. Call (713) 352-7071 to talk with us about your legal options for getting the financial assistance you need.

BP oil spill court administrator opens investigation on staff lawyer

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 2:09 pm by Williams Hart   

Lafayette-based, court-appointed administrator, lawyer Patrick Juneau is investigating reports that the oil magnate BP can use as evidence to substantiate its claim that it hasn’t gotten a fair deal from the claims-processing team. Juneau said that, as of June 21, he has opened an investigation into the alleged misconduct of one of his staff lawyers, Lionel Sutton III, who resigned that same day according to Juneau’s spokesman Nick Gagliano.

According to Juneau’s office, they have received reports that Sutton was allegedly trying to influence the outcome of a claim filed by a New Orleans-based law firm, and such reports were given to U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier during a meeting on June 20.

Sutton reportedly denied the allegations discussed with him by Juneau, even though the report contained email passages with Sutton allegedly asking about his nearly $500,000 cut.

If you have lost property or suffered damages due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you may be owed money from the BP oil spill fund. Get in touch with a lawyer at Williams Hart by calling (713) 352-7071 to further understand your legal options.

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