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Ken Feinberg Issues Rules for BP Claims – State AGs Cry Foul

Oil Spill Claims Process Going From Bad to Worse?

BP claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg issued new rules for BP oil spill claims today. The rules will govern payments from the $20 billion escrow fund. The fund will begin accepting applications on August 23, 2010. Within hours of the release of the new rules, the attorneys general of both Florida and Alabama had written Feinberg to condemn the new BP claims procedures.

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Social Media For Law Firms Engaged in Mass Tort Legal Marketing

Social Media for Law Firms

Social media has become “the next big thing” for those of us involved in Internet legal marketing. Because most attorneys are late adapters, there aren’t a lot of law firms getting clients from social media. When law firms do use social networks, it’s deemed worthy of a Wall Street Journal article. But I believe I can show you how social media for law firms can be used in a mass tort marketing campaign.

I’ve used the Internet for legal marketing in mass tort cases for over 10 years, and I’ve used online video as part of my legal marketing for 2 years. But I didn’t add Twitter and Facebook to my toolbox until the last year. It’s one thing to read books about social media marketing; it’s another to actually do it. Most of the really valuable experience I’ve gotten with social media has come in the last 7 weeks as I’ve blogged, Tweeted and used Facebook to interact with people about the Gulf oil spill.

To read this entire article, go to our Social Media Marketing for Mass Tort Attorneys page.

Oil Spill Suggestion for President Obama: A New Deal for the Gulf of Mexico

We’ve posted an oil spill suggestion for the President at We believe it’s time for a New Deal for the Gulf Coast. We believe the U.S. and BP have divergent interests when it comes to cleaning up the oil spill. BP’s interest is in holding down the costs. The U.S. has an interest in protecting the ecosystem and protecting the health and financial well-being of gulf coast residents and businesses. And the fines and damages from BP should pay most or all of the costs.

I first made this oil spill suggestion on May 28, 2010. Take a look at the suggestion and share your opinion by leaving a comment.

Oil Spill Pictures and the Media Blackout

BP’s media blockade, oil spill pictures, and the First Amendment – Has the First Amendment been repealed?

We’ve got a new post at on oil spill pictures and the media blackout. Unfortunately there is a very public record going back several weeks of BP’s efforts to prevent the media from photographing the wildlife affected by the oil spill. An even more unfortunate aspect of the blackout is that it has been enforced by the U.S. Coast guard, federal wildlife officials, and local sheriffs’ deputies, as well as BP contractors and employees. There are several examples of flagrant violations of First Amendment rights, and the sole beneficiary of the blockade is British Petroleum.  We’ve called on President Obama to tell government officials not to allow citizens (including the press) to be blocked from public property. On a more practical level, we’ve suggested that Gulf Coast residents do what Iranians did when faced with a media blackout of anti-government demonstrations: use Twitter and other social media to document the effects of the oil spill.

Here’s an example of the oil spill pictures that British Petroleum does not want you to see. After watching the video, there’s no question in my mind that BP has good reason to try to keep this off television and the Internet. The real question is whether we will allow them to succeed.

Go to to see oil spill pictures that BP doesn’t want you to see.

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