BP to Appeal Oil Spill Claims Settlement to Supreme Court

By Margaret Cronin Fisk | May 22, 2014

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Stush says:
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    I was amazed by this ruling. Anyone who lived in Louisiana can now file a claim for damages, regardless of whether or not they were harmed by the spill. those who instigated these claims are criminals; hope it is reversed on appeal.

    • May 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm
      Heath says:
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      Incorrect. BP has you thinking EXACTLY how they want you to think. There is a causation test that BP agreed to in the beginning. They just didn’t realize how much it would cost them so they are trying to get out of the agreement. And it’s not just Louisiana. It’s 5 states and Louisiana isn’t even the one with the most claims. Educate yourself before jumping in with your own judgements. At least the judges in the district and appeals courts did….

  • May 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    TMO says:
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    Just like a CTA bus accident in Chicago – more show up claiming “injuries” than could possibly fit on the bus – The Chicago Way

  • May 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    Rick says:
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    What about the 99% with legitimate claims that lost everything? You are focusing on exactly what BP wants you to focus on.

  • May 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm
    Truth Seeker says:
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    I think a court should take another look at this agreement, though I don’t understand how dozens of BP, high paid, lawyers could have been so stupid, as to not spell out the terms of a settlement in infinite detail. But then again, it WAS BP and their incompetent crews and engineers that caused the disaster in the first place, and then couldn’t stop it! Maybe everyone working for BP is incompetent (including their lawyers)? Maybe they need some new lawyers!

  • May 23, 2014 at 9:14 am
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    Originally BP set aside $20B for reparation. The health, economic and environmental impact is still being felt. The claims system has a causation analysis that a claimant must pass before submitting a claim. Recently, lawyers filed threatening law suits against accounting firms to stop them from filing claims without using lawyers in the process (They weren’t getting their cut!) Bonafide claims have been filed. Pay them! The legal system is again being used by the powerful to get out of doing what they promised. Disgraceful. The cost analysis is clear, it will cost less to pay the lawyers and courts than to repair the damages…

  • May 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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    Not sure how anyone can get a clear picture of the facts by this article alone. Ms Fisk states,” BP settled with most private-party plaintiffs in 2012″. Factually, The settlement fund has over 86,000 Business Claims awaiting processing/payment.

    Next, BP’s spokesman, Geoff, says, ” “No company would agree to pay for losses that it did not cause, and BP certainly did not when it entered into this settlement,” , but interestingly, that’s EXACTLY what they initially agreed to avoiding one hundred thousand plus individual lawsuits. They knew and agreed to ” false positives” as part of the settlement. Don’t believe me? check the record.
    Also, Geoff, help all of us understand, how BP determines who was affected? Didn’t you try to do just that during the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and failed miserably?

    Buyers remorse is poor terminology. What BP has is a bad case of not covering their collective assets. BP’s shareholders are on the rampage for BP accepting a settlement with no cap. Now foul is the battle cry, fraud is the mantra and the US Judicial System is the patsy. Please. . . . the fund doesn’t pay fraudulent claims, they deny them. Claims that get paid are reviewed by at least four levels of processors, each verifying the claimant meets the strict requirements defined by the settlement agreement. ( key word) Lastly, there is an appeals process within the Fund, again approved by BP, just in case BP believes it is aggrieved. How come no one ever reports that? I didn’t see that on 60 minutes, did you? I’m thinking BP should use the Appeal process it has in place and end the delay it’s caused since October 2013.

    There are still 11 US Citizens dead and 200 million gallons of treated ( toxic) oil in the Gulf. So tell us again BP how you’re going to make things right for those affected. Another Appeal? If so, use the vehicle you agreed to.

  • May 25, 2014 at 3:18 am
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    I worked on site with the spill. There was many things said that have not been honored. My degree was put on hold being as we worked 88+ hours a week. Any other job opportunities were put on hold for working for bp. BP put aside 20 billion dollars for this incident. Are there fraudulent claims being made because of the wording of BP in there settlement offer, probably. But was not BP looking out for it’s best interest when it made this deal? A deal that kept this mega industrial company from having federal charges and being able to stay in business. I wish they would just honor the agreement. They estimate the cost to hit around 10 billion, which is 10 billion less than what you said it may cost. It seems they are trying to still make a profit. Tobacco companies were not given this privilege, but made to compensate even non-smokers. I lost so much and with my current medical decline, stand to lose so much more and all BP is doing is adding numbers.

  • May 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm
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    My scenario of a far worse event than the 2010 oil spill. I believe what ever the cost at this time will look cheap. When the next oil rig sinks in a hurricane causing the sinking rig to pull over a BOP, causing damage to the well casing deep into the Earth. This time oil flows around the well casing up to the sea floor, ounce this happens the high volume of oil being pushed at a high rate of pressure will probably cut a cave from the damaged well to the floor of the ocean. This may look like a volcano of oil has erupted. I would compare the breaking of a well casing deep into the earth to a sudden release of oil that will take the least path of resistance which may be to the surface (ocean floor)or into a aquifer polluting drinking water. The 2010 oil spill was limited to the amount of oil that would pass through the diameter of the well casing which wasn’t damaged. Which was far more controlled by the fact the pipe wasn’t damaged limiting the amount of oil that could pass through the limited diameter of the well casing. Which restricted the oil spill greatly.
    So if you look at the 2010 oil spill in the scenario I just presented what ever the cost to present day will be cheap.
    If a event such as I just presented occurs the 2010 oil spill will look like some body kicked over a can of oil.

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