Finally, Gulf residents and businesses can sleep well knowing there is justice. BP’s two year campaign to destroy the very settlement it negotiated, agreed to and papered is now over. This past month, the Supreme Court refused to hear BP’s appeal, effectively ending the company’s unprecedented fight. The Order, a denial of certiorari, serves now to uphold the lower Fifth Circuit’s decision against BP and to affirm the Economic and Property Damages Settlement reached between BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in 2012.
The Supreme Court’s Order was the right decision, and we are thrilled for our clients and those that call the Gulf of Mexico home. One has to wonder how BP must feel now. After spending millions of dollars in advertising to improve its company image, BP changed course and spent many millions more to deface residents and businesses of the Gulf, their lawyers, the Court presiding over it, the claims administrator the company hand-picked for the Settlement, along with any and everything capable of forcing the company to make good on its word. Now, after reinforcing to even the most skeptical observer that BP is truly a corporate villain (and spending millions of dollars to do so), look what the company has to show for its efforts over the past two years:
The High Court’s ruling was an enormous victory for Gulf residents and businesses, and we are hopeful that the ruling will usher in a new day at the Claims Facility. Businesses and individuals have endured years of BP’s self-serving advertising, delays, and denials, and the ruling should provide Administrator Juneau with the certainty he needs to compensate businesses fully and efficiently. While BP’s efforts to renege on its Settlement with the Gulf took a major blow from the Supreme Court, we must all remain vigilant. The company has proven time and time again that it will do whatever is possible to avoid, or at the very least, delay paying claims.
The deadline for filing claims under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement was extended to June 8, 2015. This was because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear BP’s appeal. This extention doesn’t apply to claims under the Seafood Compensation program which is completely separate. Neither does it apply to claims under the Medical Benefits Settlement. Any person or business having a claim under the Economic and Property Settlement can still file their claims. If any person or business needs more information relating to filing claims, contact Sandra Walters, Section Administrator, and she will have a lawyer contact you. Sandra can be contacted at 800-898-2034 or by email at Sandra.Walters@beasleyallen.com.
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