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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.

President Obama Gets $20 Billion Escrow Fund From BP

The oil spill claims process may improve after the announcement today that BP will deposit $20 billion into an escrow fund to pay people who have been financially damaged by the Gulf oil spill. The establishment of the escrow fund was announced after BP’s Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO Tony Hayward, and other company executives met with President Obama and other administration officials. The White House blog gives an account of the meeting. We’ve got a more in-depth look at the BP oil spill escrow fund at BPOilNews.com.

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 BPOilNews.com. 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.

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