BCA Oil Spill Client Website

 



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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IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
Filing Your Lawsuit

BCA mailed and email a letter to clients whom we have filed a lawsuit on their behalf. The lawsuits were filed prior to the three year Statute of Limitations based on the date of the original spill of April 20, 2010.

Click here to download the complete letter >

 


Your Legal Updates

OPA Presentment Issues

If you have received a call or email from us regarding the OPA Presentment form<br>
please click below.....

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BCA Client Newsletter March 2013

Click here to read the latest newsletter.

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

Click here to read the March newsletter.

BCA Client Newsletter November 2011

Click here to read the November newsletter.

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

View all Updates

BP Document Review

Download the latest BP Gulf Coast Disaster Documents to review

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

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.


BP Spill Settlement Approval Appealed by Opt-Out Victims

January 18, 2013, 10:54 am

Thousands of individuals and businesses that sued BP Plc (BP/) over damage from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill appealed a judge’s approval of a $7.8 billion class-action settlement.

Brent Coon, a lawyer for plaintiffs who opted out of the settlement, said in a filing yesterday in federal court in New Orleans that he’s appealing the judge’s orders approving the settlement.


Spill claimants may get second chance

November 26, 2012, 9:33 am

BP and some plaintiffs' lawyers in the litigation over the 2010 Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to give claimants who asked to leave a proposed class-action settlement another chance to participate.


BP supervisors are ‘scapegoats,’ defense says

November 26, 2012, 9:23 am

BP’s former rig supervisors Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine are the mystery men of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster that killed 11 workers and triggered the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


Judge must decide who can withdraw from spill deal

November 9, 2012, 9:25 am

Thousands of Gulf Coast residents claiming economic or health damages from the 2010 oil spill have told a New Orleans federal judge they don’t want to participate in a class action settlement, and now he has to decide which ones he’ll allow to opt out.



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General Information Legal Articles

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.


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

March 26, 2014, 11:42 am

Originally posted by Greg Palast - truthdig.com - March 23, 2014

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.


Study finds Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused heart defects in young tuna, amberjack

March 25, 2014, 8:39 am

Originally posted by Craig Pittman - Tampa Bay Times - March 24, 2014

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of amberjack, bluefin and yellowfin tunas, federal scientists announced Monday.

Those heart defects likely mean an early death for those fish exposed to the oil, although what the further implications might be for the future of the species are unknown at this point. Bluefin tuna in particular are already a species in jeopardy, in part due to the demand from sushi restaurants.


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.


BP Snipes Away at Oil Spill Settlement

January 21, 2014, 2:27 pm

Originally posted by Amanda Bronstad - The National Law Journal - January 20, 2014

 

Despite a resounding recent setback before an appeals court, BP PLC remains unbowed in its campaign to rewrite its $9.6 billion settlement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company continues to chip away at the deal both in the courts of law and of public opinion. Even hard-bitten plaintiffs attorneys who have taken on big oil companies in the past are finding it remarkable for a company to challenge its own 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 Wins Expedited Appeal of Bid to Stop Spill Payments

January 3, 2014, 1:03 pm

BP Plc (BP/)’s bid to block economic-loss payments tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill unless the claims can be directly linked to the disaster won fast-track consideration by an appeals court.


BP oil spill claims system shut down

December 10, 2013, 12:32 pm

Area businesses with claims totaling millions of dollars face a six- to 12-month delay in payment, said Kevin McLean, a Tampa lawyer specializing in handling BP claims.


What Concerns BP About Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

November 6, 2013, 10:42 am

Originally posted by Michael Kunzelman - Associated Press - November 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS  -- A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company's massive 2010 oil spill.

On Monday, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That's because several months after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved the settlement, BP started complaining that the judge and court-appointed claims administrator were misinterpreting it. The London-based oil giant is worried it could be forced to pay billions of dollars more for bogus or inflated claims by businesses.


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.



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