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BP Trial Started Last Week – A different animal than the settlement program

As many know, the big, BP Civil Trial just got underway in front of Judge Carl Barbier at the Eastern District in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many people have been asking me how the civil trial itself affects the many businesses, individuals, and otherwise making a BP claim through the settlement program. That is a great question indeed.

The short answer is that the BP Civil Trial is almost a completely different legal matter than the Deepwater Horizon settlement program. The trial is for the claims brought by the United States and various individual states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Those states are trying to get B.P. to pay many environmental costs as well as punitive damages under the Oil Pollution Act. (OPA). In particular, the State of Louisiana is seeking costs to restore the Louisiana wetlands from British Petroleum.

The claims program itself is not part of this trial, although Judge Barbier was the Judge who authorized the settlement document for both the Economic and Medical Clean-Up worker claims. If you are an individual or owner of a business which lost money because of the spill, you can make a claim under the settlement agreement through our firm. Many businesses have no idea that they qualify to file a B.P. Claim through the deepwater horizon settlement. Basically, if you had a period of three (3) months after the oil spill which was less than the same three months in preceding years, you could potentially meet the causation needed to file a claim and get bp money. Our firm does this for many individuals and businesses. They are being approved and are being paid as I type this post.

If you want us to look at your financial documents free of charge to determine your eligibility, please email me at jlahatte@glagolawfirm.com or call me at 504-599-8666. We only get paid if we get recovery for you or your business.

-Lawyer LaHatte

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