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North Alabama Businesses Meet to Discuss BP Settlement and BP Claims

North Alabama businesses meet with BP Settlement Administrator and Alabama Attorney General

Although many North Alabama businesses don’t know they can collect money from the BP settlement, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and BP Settlement Administrator Patrick Juneau are meeting with North Alabama businesses today to explain the BP settlement and the fact that North Alabama businesses may have large BP claims they don’t know about.

Birmingham, Alabama attorney Michael J. Evans, who publishes the blog BP Settlement News, is encouraging North Alabama businesses to attend the meetings with Strange and Juneau.

Michael J. Evans, an attorney representing North Alabama businesses filing BP Settlement claims, said: “Every North Alabama business man and woman who can attend the meetings with the Attorney General and BP Settlement Administrator on Wednesday should do so, because his or her business might be able to collect a large amount of money. Many North Alabama businesses may qualify for large BP Settlement payments without knowing it. For those unable to attend the meetings, they can view a video explaining how the BP settlement applies to North Alabama businesses at the BP Settlement Help website.”

Attorney General Strange and BP Settlement Administrator Juneau will help business owners and individuals understand the eligibility and proof requirements for submitting a claim under the settlement.

Evans said he is concerned that many people will be unable to attend the meetings, which, Evans said, “may be too short.” The meetings are set from 9-10 a.m. at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 Second Ave. S.W.; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, 225 Church St.; and 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Harbert Center, 2019 Fourth Ave. in Birmingham.

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BP Settlement is tip of iceberg | Gulf oil spill cover-ups widespread

BP Settlement is intended to bolster BP’s public relations, but the BP oil spill is not an isolated case, says whistleblower

4-30-2013

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British Petroleum dumps oil on America’s Gulf Coast.

Kudos to reporter David Hammer of WWL TV in New Orleans. Hammer has just published an article exposing widespread cover-ups of Gulf oil spills. Hammer’s article begins:

It was something of an eye-opener when an oil company pleaded guilty to two environmental crimes in January.  Not because the pollution reported was anything on the scale of the BP spill, but because of the brazen cover-up involved.”

The company, Houston-based W&T Offshore, admitted its workers had used coffee filters in October 2009 to clean oil and other minerals out of the water byproduct discharged overboard from their platform in the Ewing Banks 910 lease block, about 65 miles south of Port Fourchon.

They were filtering the oil out of the water samples that were sent into a lab and recorded with the federal government.

Meanwhile, the water they were dumping back into the Gulf on a constant basis stayed contaminated.

W&T also pleaded guilty to spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico in November 2009 and not reporting it to authorities, as required by law. The company agreed to pay $1 million in fines and community service for their crimes.

I (attorney Michael J. Evans, publisher of this blog) set up a blog entitled BPOilNews.com the week after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010. During the course of the spill, particularly during the early days, I hired a journalist and dispatched a videographer to take video to document the damage caused by BP. I’m not the only one to document BP’s coverup, Mother Jones and Pro Publica were both very aggressive in covering the story of the BP oil spill and the BP cover-up.

BPOilNews.com sent a videographer to document the damage, but sheriff’s deputies acting at the direction of BP employees blocked his access. And it wasn’t just our blog, BPOilnNews.com, that documented the cover-up. Others reported the cover-up, ad BPOilNews.com reported on the cover-up (see Oil spill pictures suggest a cover-up on Grande Isle – sand being used to cover up the oil, published July 2, 2010 on BPOilNews.com. Our reporting about BP and the government’s violations of the public’s First Amendment rights was mentioned in a law review article by the Environmental Law Institute.

Alabama businesses deserve every penny they can collect from the BP Settlement

So if any of you think BP deserves a break when it comes to Alabama businesses filing claims in the BP settlement, please think again. BP has lied from May 2010 until the last time a BP official opened his mouth. BP does not deserve your pity; it should be held fully accountable for ALL economic damage it may have caused ANYWHERE in the State of Alabama.

BP’s most recent court filings have been multiple, repetitive motions asking the settlement judge to order the Settlement Administrator to quit paying “absurd claims” such as a $9.7 million dollar claim by a North Alabama paving contractor. BP has even filed a separate lawsuit against the BP Settlement Admiistrator, and has asked the appellate court to halt the payments and accelerate the appeal.

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BP Settlement News Website Launched

Can Big Oil Avoid Its Responsibility to Make the People and Businesses of the Gulf Coast States Whole After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill? We hope not.

The BP settlement continues to generate controversy as BP tries every trick in the law books to avoid paying BP claims that it owes under the Deepwater Horizon settlement agreement.

I’m working with two experienced class action litigation firms to offer representation to those needing professional help filing BP claims. As part of our effort to make sure every class member with a valid BP claim actually finds out about it, we’ve launched BP Settlement News.

We already had one website at BP Settlement Help, but it wasn’t designed for frequent updates with news about the settlement. Both BP Settlement News and BP Settlement Help provide forms that allow people to obtain free legal evaluations of their potential BP claims.

I believe those who visit BP Settlement News tomorrow will find the articles interesting.

BP claims | Check out new video and post about BP claims at BPOilNews.com

BP Claims: New video and post at BPOilNews.com regarding BP settlement and your right to file BP claims

BP claims filed by businesses continue to be fought by BP, even though it entered into a settlement of the BP oil spill class action lawsuit. We’ve got a new post about BP claims at BPOilNews.com. If you’ve never filed a BP claim, or if you’ve got BP claims still unpaid, contact us for a Free BP claims review.

The new post contains a video explaining the BP claims process. If you own a business anywhere in Alabama, don’t assume you’re not a class member just because BP didn’t send you a class action notice by first class mail. BP limited the notice it sent out, and has engaged in other conduct to try to hold down the number of BP claims.

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