BP Wants to Deduct Clean-up Payments From Potential Claims

As a South Florida lawyer who represents victims of the BP oil spill, I do not agree with BP’s announcement that they intend to deduct from potential claims payments made to fisherman and shrimpers; for the work they have already done to help BP clean up its mess. Certainly, this should have been agreed upon before the work was started. BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program was intended to employ local fisherman, oyster-men, shrimpers and boaters to work clean up duty for BP. Many of the locals had to spend money to get their boats “Coast Guard Approved”, buy fuel, insurance and crews. My concern is that many of the shrimpers I know, especially the Asian fisherman in Louisiana, did not know or agree to the set-off. Yes, they have been receiving money, either on a daily or weekly basis, but by the time you deduct the expenses that they incurred, they net little or nothing. Claims Fund Administrator Ken Feinberg says, the deductions are fair. I sure hope he considers what claimants end up netting as well as the fact that BP is taking this position after the work has already been done. So far, BP has done little to show me, that they are concerned about doing what is...

WWL Radio in New Orleans Interviews Spencer Aronfeld about BP Oil Spill

Somehow I have become a Civil Rights activist for Cambodian and Vietnamese fisherman and their families in tiny Buras, Louisiana. The how and why are really not important as the problems faced by these folks. They are the first and hardest hit victims of the BP Oil Spill. Yesterday was the one-month anniversary of the disaster. I was in New Orleans working with Vietnamese community leaders trying to create a not-for-profit community organization for them called the Plaquemines Parish Asian Fisherman’s Association.  The idea is to try to create a solid voice that represents the needs of these people.  It is not-for-profit and the dues are only $1.00 per year.  I head back to New Orleans next week to continue the effort, in conjunction with Dr. Shezad Malik and Lawyers to the Rescue.  WWL the preeminent radio station in New Orleans has been following this from the very beginning.  Click below to hear yesterday’s interview with Bob and Monica. Watch this at...

Inspections for BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig less than required-Greed over Safety

The AP reports the agency “responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was operating safely before it exploded last month fell short of its own policy that inspections be done at least once per month. Since January 2005, “the U.S. Minerals Management Service conducted at least 16 fewer inspections aboard the Deepwater Horizon then it should have under the policy, a dramatic fall from the frequency of prior years, according to the agency’s records.” The “inspection gaps and poor record keeping are the latest in a series of questions raised about the agency’s oversight of the offshore oil drilling industry. Members of Congress and President Obama have criticized what they call the cozy relationship between regulators and oil companies and have vowed to reform MMS, which both regulates the industry and collects billions in royalties from it.”  The Law Offices of Aronfeld Trial Lawyers are the Oil Spill Class Action Lawyers and remain committed to help those damaged or injured by corporate greed and negligence.   For a free and confidential evaluation, email Spencer...

BP Oil Spill Lawsuit | Law Firm Aronfeld Trial Lawyers

Have you been affected by the BP Oil Spill? You may have a claim. Did you suffer damage to property from the oil spill? Did you suffer a loss of business from the oil spill? Did the oil spill cause you any physical injury from the oil spill? We have been on ground zero helping fisherman, shrimpers, dock hands and dock builders, try to recover from this tremendous loss. If you are concerned about your legal rights, please contact me for a confidential evaluation. Contact Spencer Aronfeld or call: 866-597-4529. The Oil Spill Class Action Lawyers at Aronfeld Trial Lawyers are devoted and passionate advocates for victims of corporate negligence and...

Vietnamese, Cambodian fishermen among hardest hit by BP oil spill – CSMonitor.com

Bill Sasser a correspondent with the Christan Science Monitor attends our town hall meeting in Buras, Louisiana. Mr. Sasser tells it like it is and explains how the BP oil spill has hit the Vietnamese and Cambodian fishermen particularly hard. Read the entire story here: Vietnamese, Cambodian fishermen among hardest hit by BP oil spill –...
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