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Helene Zuelle


Member since February 20, 2013

  • BP Holdings: BP’s Bully Propoganda

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    I’ve spoken with a couple of individuals and businesspeople recently who said that filing a BP claim might be wrong, and that they have seen on the news that one of the claims adjuster’s lawyers committed fraud. It’s a “one bad apple” scenario, but enough to support BP’s media campaign to scare off potential claimants from filing.

    While in discussion over the BP settlement in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill suit recently, I heard about the letter Bobo Cunningham wrote to to the editor of a local paper concerning the settlement BP agreed to pay. Mr. Cunningham’s letter was apparently prompted by a letter BP’s lawyers were disseminating to lawyers and individuals who filed claims under the settlement. BP was threatening lawsuits against everyone filing claims, and promised plaintiff lawyers it would sue to take back money firms were paying their clients out of the claims proceeds BP set aside for such purpose. Though written by BP’s lawyers, the blustering and posturing letter was like its arguments before the trial court, a propaganda campaign entirely without merit.

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard BP’s appeal seeking to stop payment of claims under the settlement it both authored and agreed to, which the trial court judge has repeatedly refused to do. Prior to that New Orleans’ Judge Barbier had denied BP’s motion for an injunction without a written opinion, but said in open court that he was offended by BP’s personal atta...

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    NEW ORLEANS — With billions of dollars in the balance, BP asked a U.S. appeals court Monday to reject a claims administrator's interpretation of the company's partial settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    The administrator, Patrick Juneau, is approving millions of dollars in "fictitious" payments for business losses based on what BP believes is a flawed interpretation of the agreement reached with victims' lawyers in 2012, according to BP.

    "Stop the hemorrhaging of cash," Theodore Olson, a BP lawyer, told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, urging the judges to reverse a lower-court ruling and rein in Juneau. "Irreparable injuries are taking place, and monies are being dispensed to parties from whom it will unlikely be recoverable."

    The company has already been forced to add hundreds of millions of dollars to the estimated $7.8 billion cost of the settlement and have to pay billions more than expected, BP said in court papers.

    The panel didn't indicate when it will rule.

    An attorney for the plaintiffs, Samuel Issacharoff, said BP was aware as early as April 2012 of the method that would be used and the likely results.

    Both sides conducted tests of the business economic loss framework in the settlement in June 2012 and "the parties came up with virtually the same results," he said.

    BP underestimated the price tag, Issacharoff told the judges. "They costed it out in a wa...

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