The BP Settlement Program – A Legal, Economic and Environmental Perspective of the Disaster and Resulting Landmark Agreement
Tuesday, February 11, 2014:
1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern US Time
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst oil spill disaster of all time. It devastated the Gulf Coast, both economically and environmentally. BP knew it had to address the massive amount of business litigation it would soon be facing. Therefore, after long and fierce negotiations between BP and Class Counsel, BP argued before the U.S. District Court in New Orleans that a Settlement Agreement reached saying it was Fair, Reasonable and Adequate. The Deepwater Horizon Economic Settlement Program was initiated and granted final court approval on December 21, 2012. It is scheduled to conclude on April 22, 2014. However, BP has used the Appeals process to delay paying claims and has continued to vilify attorneys helping victims to file claims in the Settlement. While there is reason to believe that despite BP's legal maneuvering and delay most claims will eventually be paid, the question is -- when?
The broad economic impact of the spill cannot be denied. Most businesses located in a Gulf Coast region are eligible for claims under this Program. The Settlement Program is designed to compensate businesses and individuals for losses shown through required financial data using objective formulas and methodologies. To date, more than $3.7 billion has been paid under the Program. The filing deadline originally thought to be April 2014 may or may not be extended due to BP’s legal maneuvering, causing an opportunity for new claim filings and certainly more delays in claims being paid.
In this webinar, a panel of legal, business and environmental experts will discuss this landmark Settlement Program from all perspectives. It will include:
- An overview of the facts and negotiations that led to the Settlement
- A study of the business segments involved and how the Program applies to them.
- The rights businesses have and what steps do they need to take
- A present-day look at the environmental damage and what the region could be facing for the long-term
- What has been BPs response and has it been enough?
- BP’s recent legal and public turnabout, and the current legal climate
- Cash vs. Accrual accounting and how that affects filings
- Analysis of issues raised in recent filings relating to class certification and how it will affect future MDL litigation
Holthaus & Fruge, LLP
BP PSC Member
Beasley Allen Law Firm
BP PSC Member
Henry “Hank” Didier
Economic Recovery Group
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