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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 Plaintiffs Steering Committee (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.
Eligible applicants, which included individuals and businesses, are intended to be compensated for a range of losses. The Claims Center continues to review and process settlement claims. As the Claims Center considers the settlement claims, they may request additional documentation or have additional questions.
Click here for an in-depth account of the Settlement program, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Specified Gulf Coast areas and waters mentioned below can be viewed at the court-authorized website.
Generally, the Economic and Property Loss Settlement involves the following types of claims, which were due June 8, 2015:
Part of the Settlement Agreement but within a separate fund was the Seafood Compensation Program. This $2.3 billion fund compensated eligible economic damage claims of oyster leaseholders, seafood vessel owners, commercial fishermen and seafood crew. NOTE: the deadline to participate in this program was January 22, 2013.
On June 16, 2010, BP agreed to create a Gulf Spill Fund for victims of the spill, telling President Obama that they would set aside $20 billion to fund it and that attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who previously administered the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, would independently administer the fund.
Under Feinberg, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) began accepting claims on Aug. 23, 2010. At that time, BP had already paid emergency compensation funds totaling more than $375 million.
In July 2011, an independent audit was conducted of the GCCF and found that more than 7,000 claimants were either wrongfully denied or underpaid. The GCCF made an additional $64 million in payments due to the audit’s findings and in May 2012, following a class-action settlement that created the Economic and Property Damages Settlement (the Settlement Agreement), the claims facility was turned over to court-supervised administrator Patrick Juneau.
Under Patrick Juneau, the court-supervised settlement program, or DHECC (Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center), opened in June 2012 and began processing claims previously submitted to the GCCF as well as taking new claims. The program was originally scheduled to remain open until April 2014, but less than a year into his administration, BP sued Patrick Juneau for allegedly compensating claims that did not fall under the settlement’s agreed-upon terms and added that many of those claims were likely scams. After the U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing appeals related to BP's opposition to the settlement, the final settlement claim filing deadline was set for June 8, 2015.
While claims payments were essentially halted, BP petitioned the Fifth Circuit for a rehearing of its appeals, claiming that the Settlement Agreement it had agreed to in May 2012 was unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit turned down this appeal in May 2014, so BP sought review of the Fifth Circuit’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court also denied a hearing of BP’s case in December 2014 and with that, the Court Supervised Settlement Program reopened with a new deadline: all claimants, whether filing new claims or additional claims, needed to file by June 8, 2015.