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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Disaster Client Website. Here you’ll receive regular updates to keep you current on your case and the status of the ongoing litigation. We’ll provide you with pertinent articles and videos to keep you informed. You’ll also find all the relevant legal documents involving your case. Please pay special attention to the “Interactive Center” which allows you to send messages to your attorney and provide us with any updated information to help facilitate communication between attorneys and clients. We hope that you find this site to be a useful tool for keeping you informed on the status of your case.

 

BCA presents... Your Individual Client Page

Our BCA Oil Spill Client Website offers a new way to better serve you. BCA has developed Personal Client Account Pages for all of our oil spill clients. You now have your own personal account page ready to review. Log in to this personal account page to see if all of your documents are on file, communicate directly with the BCA Oil Spill team members and get the latest updates and information.

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BCA Client Newsletter June 2014

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BCA Client Newsletter April 2014

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OPA Presentment Issues

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BCA Client Newsletter March 2013

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BCA Oil Spill Webinars

View and participate in BCA's archived online webinars featuring video from Brent Coon on deadlines, the OPA Presentment process, opt outs and other issues surrounding the Oil Spill Litigation. View the Webinars by clicking here.

Business Services Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a comprehensive list of Frequently asked BP Oil Spill Settlement Questions and answers. Also, if your specific question isn't answered in the Oil Spill Settlement FAQ, ask your own and have it answered by BCA attorneys.

Download the BP "Settlement" Documents.

Click below to download and view documents related to the BP Oil Spill "Settlement" in PDF format.

BP - PSC Settlement Summary

BP Oil Spill Settlement Map

BCA Client Newsletter April 2012

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BCA Client Newsletter March 2012

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BCA Client Newsletter November 2011

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April 20th Deadline To File Against Transocean Has Passed

BCA was able to file a short form joinder for each of our clients who had signed with our firm prior to the deadline in order to protect your claim against Transocean.  Read more about the deadline here.

NEW - Vessels of
Opportunity Motions

Plaintiff’s Interested Party Response

JESCO – Supplement Info to Interested Party Response

Request for Oral Arguments

Don’t Be A Victim Twice!

Oil spill claims scams are everywhere. Protect yourself.

BCA has had several clients contact us about various scams. It is important that you be aware of the different scams so that you can recognize them when you see them. Read the FTC’s warning on oil spill scams.

Contact BCA if you have been a victim of an oil spill scam

Featured Update - 8/31/10

This letter from Transocean attorneys to BP documents BP’s refusal to share internal documents and data to assist all parties in the investigative process.

Click here to read the document

Update July 15, 2010

The IRS has announced the launch of a new webpage, special open house events, and a dedicated phone line for Gulf Coast taxpayers affected by the oil spill.
The webpage contains the following:

1. FAQs that explain how taxpayers who receive payments from BP for losses, damages or injuries should treat the payments for federal tax purposes. The FAQs are based on existing law.

2. Links to general tax guidance on other types of reimbursements or assistance related to the oil spill.

· View IRS webpage now

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BP Document Review

Download the latest BP Gulf Coast Disaster Documents to review

Policy 495: Business Economic Loss Claims: Match of Revenue and Expenses
To download the policy, click here (pdf format)

Distribution and concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico

Class Counsel’s Response to the BP Media Campaign

GCCF Announcement of Final Payment Methodology

GULF COAST CLAIMS FACILITY DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Questions for Individual Interim Claim Form

Questions For Business Interim Claim Form

Claimant's Guide - A Compliance Guide for Submitting Claims Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

Addendum to Petition in Intervention

Petition in intervention and TRO

Brent Coon & Associates’ Clients Claim BP Violated Terms of Probation - Letter to the Judge

Legal Articles

BCA Articles

Victims say they have no recourse as BP ends internal claims program

July 14, 2014, 9:46 am

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion devastated the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and gushing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water, the company found responsible has shut down an internal claims program utilized by small business owners, injured rig workers and even casino companies affected by the disaster.


Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not

May 21, 2014, 10:22 am

Originally posted by Richard Thompson - New Orleans Advocate - May 21, 2014

 

Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled payments of certain claims can resume.

Other experts, though, say the ongoing legal challenges by BP must finish working their way through the courts first.


Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

May 19, 2014, 7:22 pm

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.


How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

Originally posted by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz - New York Times - April 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well.

Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.


With Leave From Feds, BP Bids on Gulf Oil Leases

March 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

Originally posted by Cameron Langford - Courthouse News - March 20, 2014

 (CN) - Of the more than $872 million raised in a Wednesday auction of Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases, nearly $42 million came from BP, its first such bid since the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


The Irony and Agony of the BP Oil Spill Economic Class Settlement

February 3, 2014, 9:47 am

JURIST Guest Columnist Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates weighs in on the BP Oil Spill Settlement...

Nowhere in the annals of American jurisprudence have we seen the courts and litigants make a mess of things as we have—and likely will continue to—in the infamous BP oil spill class settlement.


Bailing Out of Deepwater MDL

January 21, 2014, 2:24 pm

Originally posted by Miriam Rozen - Texas Lawyer - January 20, 2014


With the Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaching its four-year anniversary in April, the multidistrict litigation stemming from the disaster appears to have no end in sight. [See timeline chart.] After a series of disappointing rulings, Texas plaintiffs lawyer Brent Coon is organizing a meeting with fellow plaintiffs counsel in an effort to extract some of their cases from what he said is a slow-moving MDL. Coon, founder of Brent Coon & Associates, said he would like to move about three-fourths of his clients' 10,000 cases "back to their home courts."


BP Spill Settlement Objectors Seek to Overturn Approval

November 5, 2013, 8:48 am

Originally posted by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Allen Johnson Jr - Bloomberg - November 4, 2013

Opponents of BP Plc (BP/)’s $9.2 billion partial settlement of private-party claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill asked a U.S. appeals court to reverse a judge’s approval of the agreement.

The deal can’t be approved because it inconsistently compensates victims with the same types of economic injuries, opponents of the settlement told the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans today. The settlement should be more fairly distributed, attorney Brent Coon told the panel.

“It’s not just the amount of money that’s paid, it’s money that should have been paid,” he said. Coon and lawyers for other objectors are seeking a reversal of U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s December approval of the accord.


Brent Coon & Associates Files Suit Against BP over Gulf Oil Spill

April 23, 2013, 2:30 pm

April 22nd, 2013 - Houston, Tx - Brent Coon & Associates has filed multiple lawsuits against BP and other defendants on behalf of over 10,000 of its clients who were victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the ensuing Gulf oil spill in April 2010. The lawsuits, which were filed in several different jurisdictions along the Gulf Coast, also name Transocean and Halliburton as defendants.


Gulf Oil Spill Trial Begins

February 26, 2013, 3:47 pm

Originally posted by Corey Olson - KTRH - February 26th, 2013

Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the trial is underway to determine exactly who is responsible for the disaster, and how much that responsibility will cost.  The defendants are BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. Attorney Brent Coon has handled many cases stemming from the spill and is watching this trial closely.  He tells KTRH that there is plenty of responsibility to go around. "BP owned the oil concession for drilling this oil, Transocean was the rig owner, and Halliburton made the cement that was to plug the well," he explains.  Nevertheless, BP has been the big name attached to the disaster, and if Monday's opening arguments are any indication, the other defendants want to keep it that way.  "To no surprise, most of the parties in the case, including Halliburton and Transocean, are trying to point the fingers at BP," says Coon.



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Victims say they have no recourse as BP ends internal claims program

July 14, 2014, 9:46 am

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion devastated the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and gushing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water, the company found responsible has shut down an internal claims program utilized by small business owners, injured rig workers and even casino companies affected by the disaster.


Supreme Court: BP must pay oil spill claims during appeal

June 10, 2014, 3:53 pm

Originally posted by Janet McConnaughey - Associated Press - June 9, 2014

 

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.

The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.


BP Rejected by Supreme Court on Gulf Payments Reprieve

June 9, 2014, 11:08 am

Originally posted by Greg Stohr - Bollomberg - June 9, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) must pay potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in claims after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt disputed payments stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Rejecting a request from BP, the justices today said they wouldn’t put a hold on lower court rulings that require the oil company to begin making the payments, part of a $9.2 billion accord.


Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

June 2, 2014, 4:51 pm

Originally posted by Collin Eaton - Houston Chronicle - June 2nd, 2014

HOUSTON – Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend some oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its multibillion-dollar settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.

In a court filing on Monday, Louisiana attorneys asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to throw out the oil company’s request to restore a freeze on payments to thousands of businesses that  say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the coastal economy and inflicted financial harm on them.


BP Loses Bid to Stall Spill Payments During Appeal

May 27, 2014, 3:54 pm

Originally posted by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Calkins - Bloomberg News - May 27th, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) can’t delay writing checks for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review disputed payments in its $9.2 billion accord over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The U.S. Court of Appeals (1007L:US) in New Orleans today rejected BP’s request to extend a halt on payments to businesses that can’t directly prove they were damaged by the spill while the company seeks review by the Supreme Court.


Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not

May 21, 2014, 10:22 am

Originally posted by Richard Thompson - New Orleans Advocate - May 21, 2014

 

Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled payments of certain claims can resume.

Other experts, though, say the ongoing legal challenges by BP must finish working their way through the courts first.


Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

May 19, 2014, 7:22 pm

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.


The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill

May 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

Originally posted by Lindsay Abrams - Salon.com - May 4, 2014

The best time to find tarballs on Louisiana’s shorelines is directly after a thunderstorm, when the waves churn up the oil carpeting the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and deposit its weathered remnants onto the beach.

That’s according to Jonathan Henderson, and he should know – he’s been tracking tar for four years now, ever since the day, back in April 2010, when he took his first flight over the Gulf of Mexico to survey the plume of oil shooting out from BP’s Macondo Prospect.


How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

Originally posted by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz - New York Times - April 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well.

Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.


Dear 5th Circuit, BP has had its day in court

April 15, 2014, 2:36 pm

Originally posted by Tom Young - The Legal Examiner - April 7, 2014

It has been over two years since BP “agreed” to a 1,000+ page Settlement Agreement negotiated and drafted by the company’s tony Manhattan attorneys. It’s high time to enforce it.

Delay, Deny, Defend

This Settlement Agreement – a Contract – promised to objectively determine who was harmed by BP’s negligence, putting an end to the disastrously subjective Gulf Coast Claims Facility in favor of a Court Supervised Settlement Program. Instead, through BP’s legal machinations and public relations stunts, the claims administration process has ground to a halt, with no business economic loss claims being paid in over six months and no end to the payment prohibition in sight.



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