On Dec. 21, 2012, U.S. District Judge Barbier granted final approval of the Economic and Property Damages Class Action Settlement that was reached between BP and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) for the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation. On Jan. 11, 2013, Barbier granted final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement.
These settlements cover economic losses, property damage and physical injuries suffered by eligible Gulf Coast businesses, workers and residents.
The Economic and Property Damages Settlement Program began operating on June 4, 2012, and qualified claims will be paid immediately as they are approved. Payments and other benefits under the Medical Benefits Settlement are being processed since the settlement received final approval and then became effective on Feb. 12, 2014. The Gulf Health Outreach Program the settlement creates began immediately.
Motley Rice attorneys, who had a central role in negotiating the Deepwater Horizon Settlements, are familiar with the settlements' requirements. We are helping people and businesses hurt by the spill file claims under the new court-supervised claims programs. Please contact Motley Rice lawyer John Baden or Kevin Dean by email or at 1.800.216.9170 if you would like to talk about your rights.
Two separate class actions settled:
Separate claims programs have been established for each of the groups. The claims program covering economic and property damage losses, formally called the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program (Settlement Program), replaces the GCCF. A new and separate Medical Benefits claims program covers medical-related losses. The court is supervising the claims programs to ensure fair, impartial and consistent processing and payment.
If you and/or your business suffered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you may be eligible to participate in one settlement program or both.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled approximately 4.9 million gallons of oil into the water, killed 11 oil rig workers, devastated our nation's natural resources and profoundly harmed the economic and emotional well-being of hundreds of thousands of people. Motley Rice has been representing people, families and businesses hurt by the BP oil spill since shortly after this disaster occurred. Our attorneys have helped those pursuing litigation and those needing help filing and negotiating their claims through the GCCF. We are now helping them file claims through the new claims programs established by the settlements.
Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice has been active on the negotiating team of MDL 2179 (In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010) since 2010 and is a member of the PSC. Motley Rice members John Baden and Fred Baker were also central to the settlement process. Member Kevin Dean began working with injured parties in April 2010 and served on the GCCF Jurisdiction & Court Oversight Workgroup. Our attorneys remain in a leadership role in the BP litigation and want to help make sure that qualifying oil spill victims are fairly and efficiently paid for their losses.
If you have been hurt economically, had property damage, or suffered a physical injury as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and would like to consult with a lawyer regarding your rights, please contact Motley Rice lawyer John Baden or Kevin Dean by email or call 1.800.216.9170 .