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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 Frequently Asked Question Sept 2014

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
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Plaintiff’s Interested Party Response

JESCO – Supplement Info to Interested Party Response

Request for Oral Arguments

 

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

Railroad machinist awarded $51,000 in damages and back pay following suspension for videotaping machinery testing

September 26, 2014, 11:19 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to pay $51,000 in punitive damages and back pay to an employee based in Carson after it violated federal whistleblower provisions when it illegally suspended him for videotaping a safety inspection on his cell phone.


Sept 9th, 2014 BCA Verdict and Settlement Announcement

September 16, 2014, 5:58 pm

Jose Salazar, a Track Laborer for TransitAmerica Services Inc (TASI), wwas struck by a 1500 lb rail when his co-workers lost control while moving the rail with a backhoe. He was knocked unconscious and remained in a coma for over one month.


BCA releases comments on state of affairs in BP Oil Spill case and changes to the class settlement (Policy 495)

July 30, 2014, 12:51 pm

The much troubled BP oil spill class settlement has suffered another major blow with a change in how a loss is calculated for paying a claimant. This new revision to the agreement, called Policy 495, once again materially alters a settlement agreement that was already plagued with a myriad of implementation problems, problems so great collectively that it should never have been approved in the first place.


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."



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General Information Legal Articles

How Costly Is The Biggest Offshore Oil Spill In U.S. History For BP?

September 16, 2014, 2:06 pm

BP has been charged with gross negligence with regards to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, which killed 11 and spewed oil in waters that were in contact with five states.


Question of the day: Is BP run by children?

September 16, 2014, 2:04 pm

Federal Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans already has ruled that BP is guilty of "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. His Sept. 4 finding exposed the British oil firm to as much as $18 billion in penalties.


"Not A Penny" of the Up To $18 Billion from BP's Oil Spill Fine to Go To Victims

September 12, 2014, 8:42 am

“BP hit with punitive damages” and “BP may be liable for $18 Billion in additional damages” were the headlines in recent days with the MDL court's comprehensive 153 page opinion stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico over four years ago. But is that the bottom line? No. It is what the rest of the opinion says, and doesn’t say, that matter most in the long run.


BP's Recklessness Caused Gulf Oil Spill, U.S. Judge Rules

September 4, 2014, 9:30 am

A U.S. judge has ruled that BP's recklessness caused 2010's massive Gulf oil spill, a move that could cost the company billions. Earlier this week Halliburton, the company in charge of sealing the completed Deepwater Horizon well that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle claims arising from its negligence.


New Deepwater Horizon claims calculation formula could sharply reduce future settlement payments

August 11, 2014, 2:42 pm

An arcane change to the formula that determines awards for settlement of BP oil spill claims may diminish the size of future damage awards, leading some in the trial bar to say that senior plaintiffs’ attorneys who brokered the settlement with BP are more interested in preserving their $660 million payday than in protecting the rights of victims still awaiting payment.


BCA releases comments on state of affairs in BP Oil Spill case and changes to the class settlement (Policy 495)

July 30, 2014, 12:51 pm

The much troubled BP oil spill class settlement has suffered another major blow with a change in how a loss is calculated for paying a claimant. This new revision to the agreement, called Policy 495, once again materially alters a settlement agreement that was already plagued with a myriad of implementation problems, problems so great collectively that it should never have been approved in the first place.


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.



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