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BP Oil Spill Claims for Healthcare Professionals

Many of us did not experience oil on our local beaches and, yet, it is clear that the 2010 Oil Spill impacted our economy. Through the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, BP has acknowledged damages the spill caused and is compensating businesses that were affected directly or indirectly. More than 50,000 business and individual economic loss claims have been filed in Florida alone, and yet there are still questions about how to file a claim and qualify for compensation.

The Florida Bar reports on the April 27th "Law in the Mall" event

THE LEE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, with Florida Rural Legal Services and Lee County Legal Aid Society, conducted its free annual "Law in the Mall" event April 27 inside the Edison Mall in Ft. Myers. Project Chair Gus Simmons said volunteer attorneys met with individuals to answer legal questions on topics including bankruptcy, civil, elder law, family law, landlord and tenant, criminal, real estate/condominium, and wills, probate, and estate planning.

Former BP executive's obstruction charge thrown out by judge

A federal judge on Monday dismissed one of the two counts in the indictment of a former BP executive who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi demands nearly $6 billion from BP for 2010 Gulf oil disaster

Attorney General Pam Bondi said Florida is seeking $5.48 billion for lost revenue - past and future - from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Bondi, who has filed a federal lawsuit against BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Production Co., and Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., made a settlement offer for the same amount three months ago but she said on Tuesday that the proposal has been ignored.

Top Chef Gets $375,000 From NOLA and Louisiana (Using BP Oil Spill Recovery Funds)

Here's more news on Top Chef's decision to head to New Orleans for its eleventh season. The Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana and the city of New Orleans tourism offices are giving Bravo $375,000 to sponsor the recently announced Top Chef: New Orleans. The Louisiana Office of Tourism will contribute $200,000 while the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation will contribute $175,000.

BP oil spill settlement payouts surpass $2 billion mark, administrator says

The Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, which is overseeing the multibillion-dollar settlement between BP and private claimaints, has now paid out more than $2 billion to businesses and individuals who lost money as a result of the 2010 oil spill, the court-appointed claims administrator said Tuesday.

BP Oil Spill Settlements to Non-Profits: Mechanics and Lessons

In 2011, BP America's foundation made grants of $14.2 million to U.S.-based nonprofits and just short of $6 million to overseas charities. The foundation's 990 indicated three grants to Alabama-based organizations (two United Ways, one Red Cross), one in Mississippi (United Way), and none in Louisiana or Florida, the four states hardest hit by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion (killing 11 workers) and subsequent oil spill in 2010.

BP's Lawsuit Deadline is fast approaching as thousands look for new spill settlements

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) - BP Plc has been hit by over 2,200 new lawsuits seeking payback for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the past few weeks as individuals, companies and government bodies rushed to stake their claim before their right to do so expired.The British oil company, whose deepwater Macondo well ruptured on April 20, 2010, killing 11 men and spilling crude into the sea for weeks, revealed the number of new claims made since March 6 in its first-quarter results on Tuesday.The United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990, under which most of the new lawsuits were registered, has a three year statute of limitations which could make bringing further legal action difficult after the third anniversary of the disaster.BP said it would be applying to have the new legal challenges consolidated into a trial that is already under way in New Orleans.The first phase of the trial of BP and its partners in the well, Transocean and Halliburton, ended earlier in April, but the judge, Carl Barbier, has yet to rule on the degree of blame that will be apportioned to each party and on the level of negligence that will be applied.Both decisions could have a big impact on the size of BP's final liability, already measured in tens of billions of dollars. His ruling, to be made without a jury as is traditional under U.S. maritime law, could come this summer.

BP's Lawsuit Deadline Is Fast Approaching As Thousands Look For New Spill Settlements

BP Plc has been hit by over 2,200 new lawsuits seeking payback for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the past few weeks as individuals, companies and government bodies rushed to stake their claim before their right to do so expired.The British oil company, whose deepwater Macondo well ruptured on April 20, 2010, killing 11 men and spilling crude into the sea for weeks, revealed the number of new claims made since March 6 in its first-quarter results on Tuesday.

Lee Memorial Health System files suit against BP, citing loss of revenue

Lee Memorial Health System has filed a lawsuit against BP and others involved in the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, claiming the loss of tourists led to a loss of revenue at the system's hospitals.

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