As we reported, BP set aside $1 billion of the $18.7 billion settlement for local governments impacted by the spill. Municipalities that still had not settled claims against BP for damages caused by the spill had until July 15 to accept or reject BP’s settlement offers. Most all of the 500 municipalities in the Gulf coastal states that were seeking damages from BP accepted the settlement offers. A large number of municipalities in Alabama have accepted the settlement offers from BP as part of the larger settlement package. Our firm represented a number of cities, towns and other governmental entities in Alabama and Florida in the this litigation. We were able to settle economic loss claims for our clients. Judge Barbier has required BP by court order to pay the settlement amounts within 30 days.
Rhon Jones and Grant Cofer from our firm helped direct the settlement negotiations for 31 communities and organizations in Alabama that our firm represented. Those entities include the following municipal governments: Abbeville, Bay Minette, Brundidge, Chickasaw, Dothan, Eufaula, Evergreen, Georgiana, Greenville, Hartford, Headland, Luverne, Magnolia Springs, Mexico Beach, McKenzie, Phenix City, Satsuma, Slocomb, and Troy.. We also represented these entities: Covington County Board of Education, Dale County Commission, Henry County Commission, Monroe County Commission, Ozark City School Board, Pike County, Russell County, and Troy City Board of Education. Additionally, our firm represented the following governmental entities in Florida: City of DeFuniak Springs, City of Freeport, Gulf County and South Walton Fire District.
We are highly pleased to announce that the claims for economic damages suffered by cities, towns, municipalities and other government entities throughout the Gulf Coast region that we represented have been resolved. They will be receiving payment in the very near future. We would like to thank all the community leaders and their local counsel for allowing us to file suits on their behalf that resulted in this settlement.
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