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BP dropped appeal to have oil spill claims administrator removed

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 12:31 pm by Williams Hart   

London-based oil giant British Petroleum Plc recently dismissed its own appeal to have Lafayette, Louisiana lawyer Patrick Juneau removed as oil spill claims administrator of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill due to allegations of conflict of interest.

Juneau welcomed this recent development, and was “pleased with BP’s decision to withdraw its [two-year] attempt to remove me as the claims administrator”.

According to legal analysts, it is questionable for BP to have made the appeal to remove Juneau as oil spill claims administrator, given that BP had less than proper standing in the case, and that a negative ruling can limit BP’s ability to make similar appeals in the future.

If you have been affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, you deserve the right to file a claim for compensation as an affected resident or business. Let our attorneys at Williams Hart help with your cause by dialing (713) 230-2200 or (800) 220-9341 today.

Increase in dolphin sickness may be linked to BP oil spill

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 12:03 pm by Williams Hart   

A study published on Wednesday, February 11 in the journal Plos One by a team of marine scientists from across the United States showed that bottlenose dolphins have been dying rapidly in the northern Gulf of Mexico between the years 2010 and 2013 – the period after London-based oil giant BP Plc’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded causing a massive oil spill into the gulf.

According to the research, “the location, timing, and magnitude of dolphin stranding trends observed following the [BP] oil spill, particularly statewide for Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, overlap with the location and magnitude of oil during the year following [the] spill.” The research is the most recent study that links the Deepwater Horizon oil spill severe health problems in dolphins, especially those that swim in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. A similar study funded by BP in 2013 showed that the 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled into the gulf may have caused missing teeth, lung disease, and hormone imbalance in the dolphins within the area.

Marine life has been severely affected by the oil spill, and so has those whose livelihood depends on the gulf. If your livelihood has been affected by the BP oil spill, our attorneys at Williams Hart will work diligently towards the favorable resolution of your BP oil spill claim. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341.

Two Florida universities to study Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Williams Hart   

The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Nova Southeastern University, two universities in South Florida, have recently received $29 million and $8.5 million, respectively, to study the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill which occurred when London-based oil giant BP Plc’s oil rig exploded back in 2010.

The money is included in the $500 million, 10-year independent research program that BP initiated in May 2010 as part of its cleanup efforts.

The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 claimed the life of 11 workers and spilled over 200 million gallons of oil within a period of 87 days, making the event the biggest oil spill the U.S. has ever experienced. The environment and related businesses are still recovering.

If you are looking to file a BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill claim, entrust your cause with our attorneys at the Williams Hart Law Group and contact one of our knowledgeable and experienced lawyers by dialing (800) 220-9341 today.

Lamar County, MS expected to receive 45 mil from BP

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 9:35 am by Williams Hart   

Records of BP Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) show that a total of 137 businesses and individuals in Lamar County, Mississippi have already filed economic loss claims with the London-based oil giant.

The settlement program started evaluating claims on June 4, 2012 and will tentatively continue with the process until the spring of 2015.

CSSP has yet to set the claim filing deadline. Officials are encouraging businesses and individuals who may have been affected by the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to undergo eligibility evaluation for compensation packages as soon as possible.

Should BP pay all 137 claims and no further claims are added to the list, Lamar County will be receiving $45,000,000 within the next two years. Six claims have been paid to date; individual settlements are averaging $333,000.

If you need legal help with filing or appealing your rejected BP oil spill claims, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Hart by calling our offices today at (800) 220-9341.

Fed. gov’t to pay almost $1M for costs related to BP oil spill trial

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Williams Hart   

United States Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan of New Orleans ordered the federal government to assist in paying for nearly half of the the $1.67 million in court costs related to the trial of 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to reports by

Shushan ordered the U.S. government to pay $839,581 on on Monday, August 18 because it acted as a plaintiff during the first and second phases of the civil trial. The U.S. government collaborated up with the plaintiffs’ steering committee which is comprised of attorneys who represent residents and businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The first phase of the civil trial, concluded in April 2013, had been all about finding out whom among the BP management and its contractors had been responsible for the April 20, 2010 explosion.

The second phase of the trial sought to find out exactly how much gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf. They concluded that the spill totaled 176 million gallons, enough to fill 266 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The final phase, set to begin January of 2015, will determine the penalties BP must pay. If you have been affected by the spill, be sure to call our attorneys of the Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 to see if you might qualify for compensation related to this incident.

BP’s fines could top $17B for violations against Clean Water Act

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Williams Hart   

British oil giant BP will find out how much it will have to pay in fines for its involvement in the 2010 oil spill during the final phase of trial this coming January. Fines under the Clean Water Act could surpass a whopping $17 billion.

BP has already set aside over $42 billion in a fund for paying off fines and compensation.

The first phase of the trial covered the issue of negligence and ended April of last year. The second phase, which concluded last October, dealt with determining how many million barrels of oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon. The first two phases will help determine how much BP’s fines will amount to in the third and final phase of trial.

The leak continued for 87 days and killed 11 BP workers and injured 17 others.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center on your own can be extremely confusing, so don’t hesitate to seek legal assistance from our attorneys at the Williams Hart. Call our offices at (713) 352-7071 to see if we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

Court dismisses BP’s negation of oil spill compensation

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Williams Hart   

On Monday, March 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rejected London-based oil giant BP’s request to deny claims for businesses seeking compensation that weren’t able to prove their economic losses had been directly caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP spokesman and senior vice president Geoff Morrell said the company doesn’t agree with the decision, saying “claimants whose alleged injuries are not traceable to the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill…are not proper class members under the terms of the settlement.”

BP wants to set the settlement cost at the amount that was reached in 2012, which was $7.8 billion. However, the amount has ballooned up to $9.2 billion in recent calculations.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be stressful, as many applications have been initially rejected. However, our attorneys at Williams Hart have a great deal of success getting our clients the compensation they deserve and may be able to help you. Talk about filing a claim with our help by calling (713) 352-7071 today.

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