The Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement Program is once again processing claims to payment despite BP’s best efforts to stop the claims payment process. Claims Administrator Pat Juneau and his staff have been working overtime to get the Program re-started after BP’s bitter fight to destroy and scuttle the Settlement it agreed to in 2012. Multiple efforts by BP to stop the settlement process have failed in the appellate courts. While BP could still seek Supreme Court review of the Fifth Circuit’s rejection of the company’s causation arguments, the developments of late have been very encouraging.
Understandably, some frustration can be expected given the amount of uncertainty the Program has had to deal with in the last few months thanks to BP and its unlimited resources. BP has attacked the Settlement, the Court, Claim Administrator Juneau, his staff, various claimants and their lawyers, and has launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign to smear the Program nationally. In addition, the Program is trying to implement Policy 495 (the matching policy). Suffice to say, the Program has been under an immense amount of pressure and uncertainty – all created by BP – but the lawyers in our firm who are involved are very optimistic the Program will weather this storm and get back to making citizens and businesses of the Gulf whole.
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