BP Settlement Claims

BCA is considered the world's expert on litigating BP and BP's corporate culture - a fact not missed by the media. Since 2007, Brent Coon and BCA have been quoted in more articles (national, regional and local) than any other lawyer or law firm in the country. Front page stories about Brent Coon and BCA have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and over 200 other periodicals and publications.

Since April of 2012, BCA has worked closely with the Plaintiff's Steering Committee on the BP Settlement and has not been at liberty to discuss the particulars, but our history and efforts in getting the story out to the public prior to the settlement talks can be seen in the articles below.

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Non-PSC attorneys feel left out of Deepwater Horizon settlement process

October 30, 2014, 10:02 am

A group of about 100 attorneys and accountants frustrated by the slow claims process in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case met in a downtown New Orleans hotel Monday to discuss how to jumpstart what appears to have become a hopelessly stalled process.


Railroad machinist awarded $51,000 in damages and back pay following suspension for videotaping machinery testing

September 26, 2014, 11:19 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to pay $51,000 in punitive damages and back pay to an employee based in Carson after it violated federal whistleblower provisions when it illegally suspended him for videotaping a safety inspection on his cell phone.


Sept 9th, 2014 BCA Verdict and Settlement Announcement

September 16, 2014, 5:58 pm

Jose Salazar, a Track Laborer for TransitAmerica Services Inc (TASI), wwas struck by a 1500 lb rail when his co-workers lost control while moving the rail with a backhoe. He was knocked unconscious and remained in a coma for over one month.


BCA releases comments on state of affairs in BP Oil Spill case and changes to the class settlement (Policy 495)

July 30, 2014, 12:51 pm

The much troubled BP oil spill class settlement has suffered another major blow with a change in how a loss is calculated for paying a claimant. This new revision to the agreement, called Policy 495, once again materially alters a settlement agreement that was already plagued with a myriad of implementation problems, problems so great collectively that it should never have been approved in the first place.


Victims say they have no recourse as BP ends internal claims program

July 14, 2014, 9:46 am

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion devastated the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and gushing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water, the company found responsible has shut down an internal claims program utilized by small business owners, injured rig workers and even casino companies affected by the disaster.


Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not

May 21, 2014, 10:22 am

Originally posted by Richard Thompson - New Orleans Advocate - May 21, 2014

 

Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled payments of certain claims can resume.

Other experts, though, say the ongoing legal challenges by BP must finish working their way through the courts first.


Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

May 19, 2014, 7:22 pm

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.


How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

Originally posted by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz - New York Times - April 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well.

Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.


With Leave From Feds, BP Bids on Gulf Oil Leases

March 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

Originally posted by Cameron Langford - Courthouse News - March 20, 2014

 (CN) - Of the more than $872 million raised in a Wednesday auction of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases, nearly $42 million came from BP, its first such bid since the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


The Irony and Agony of the BP Oil Spill Economic Class Settlement

February 3, 2014, 9:47 am

JURIST Guest Columnist Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates weighs in on the BP Oil Spill Settlement...

Nowhere in the annals of American jurisprudence have we seen the courts and litigants make a mess of things as we have—and likely will continue to—in the infamous BP oil spill class settlement.


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