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Researchers examine crabs to learn about long-term oil spill effects

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 1:01 pm    

Aside from the death of 11 individuals, and aside from the more than 130 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig additionally caused the deterioration of the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry–especially its crabs, CNN reported on April 21.

Although the industry itself has slowly begun to recover, researchers  at the Florida International University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette continue to study the crab population to learn more about how species are reacting to the oil. After the oil spill, researchers started noticing various changes with the crab population living within the gulf. For instance, the crabs look different, even possessing deformities that include lesions so massive, they would sever the creatures’ limbs.

The United States gets roughly 40% of its seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.

If you wish to file a claim against BP because your livelihood or personal life was affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, contact our attorneys at Williams Hart by calling our offices today at (800) 220-9341 today.


Federal appeals court denies review of BP’s negligence ruling

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 2:12 pm    

The Fifth Circuit Court, a federal appeals court in New Orleans, denied London-based oil giant BP Plc’s request to review U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 2014 ruling that BP and Andarko Petroleum Corp. were responsible for paying fines under the Clean Water Act after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, the Times-Picayune reported on January 12.

The appeal was struck down in a 7-6 vote. Barbier now has the duty to assess how much BP owes in total pollution fines. This determination is bound to be finalized during the third phase of the civil trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill starting January 20.

Barbier made an earlier decision in September 2014 that BP had been “grossly negligent” and deemed it responsible for one of the largest oil spills the country has ever experienced, tagging the company with around $18 billion in fines.

BP asked the court to set the cap for its fines at $3,000 per barrel of oil spilled in pre-trial filings.

If you are a worker, a resident, or a businessman whose life and livelihood has been affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, trust our attorneys at Williams Hart to help you fight for your interests and rights by filing an oil spill claim. Call us today at (800) 220-9341.


BP attempts to stall settlement payouts

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 3:33 pm    

After the Deepwater Horizon spill settlement amount ballooned from $7.8 billion to $9.4 billion, BP’s lawyers have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for a stay on their settlement payouts. BP’s lawyers claimed that Judge Carl Barbier didn’t review all of the spill claims thoroughly enough.

Additionally, BP’s legal team accused Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator, of approving fraudulent business and residential damage claims.

BP’s accusations have caused some frustration in the court. Judge Barbier said that he is “deeply disappointed” with BP’s legal team for trying to undermine his credibility. Judge Barbier also mentioned that BP’s actions attempt to undercut the court’s authority.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused significant damage to Gulf coast residents’ homes and businesses. If you have experienced ecomonic losses due to the strain that the oil spill has put on the coast, contact the experienced Houston attorneys of Williams Hart. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to find out how we can help you pursue compensation.


BP objects to $7.8 billion settlement deal for Gulf Coast residents and businesses

Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 3:31 pm    

On Monday, November 4, London-based BP (formerly known as British Petroleum), Gulf Coast residents, and businesses faced off at the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear BP’s objections to the $7.8-billion dollar deal that was supposed to pay residents and businesses for the damages caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP is anxious about the possibility that it might be paying out inflated or fake claims by fraudulent businesses since claims administrator Patrick Juneau allowed businesses to modify how they calculate the actual amount for lost profits in January.

As of Friday, November 1, BP has already paid an estimated $3.7 billion to around 38,000 people and businesses. It has yet to agree to a specific amount of business payouts as of recent developments.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has affected many people and businesses, causing serious life changes and losses. At Williams Hart, our lawyers make sure that people who have legitimate claims following this oil spill get the compensation they need. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today so we can help you process  your claim.

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