Alabama Businesses, Owed Millions From BP Settlement, Face New BP Efforts to Deny Or Delay Claims: "Reprehensible conduct," Says BPOilNews Publisher in New Editorial Post

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"As soon as the ink dried on the court order approving the BP oil spill settlement last December," writes attorney and blogger Michael J. Evans, "BP began filing frivolous motions that basically asked the Court to rewrite the settlement agreement so BP could avoid paying valid claims."

Attorney Michael J. Evans

Attorney Michael J. Evans

BP has shown throughout the entire BP oil spill disaster that it will delay paying what it owes for as long as it can. BP has complete disdain for the businesses and residents of the Gulf Coast states.

"All businesses in the state of Alabama were included as class members in a settlement agreement signed by BP last fall," said attorney Michael J. Evans. Evans represents businesses across Alabama that are filing BP claims. Evans also publishes the blog BPOilNews.com, which began covering the BP oil spill disaster in May 2010.

(Evans' statements in this release come from a March 21, 2013 opinion article on the BP settlement posted by Evans on BPOilNews.com.)

"The BP settlement agreement said that any business, located anywhere in Alabama, could collect settlement payments if they met certain qualifications (primarily involving lower business revenues in 2010). But BP has been tying up the judicial system with frivolous court filings trying to avoid paying valid business claims," said Evans.

"BP first made its arguments in a motion filed in the class action lawsuit in federal court in New Orleans. The judge denied the motion. BP then filed a motion to reconsider the ruling, but it was denied. These motions took up much of January and February, 2013," said Evans. "BP has shown throughout the entire BP oil spill disaster that it will delay paying what it owes for as long as it can. BP has complete disdain for the businesses and residents of the Gulf Coast states," said Evans.

"BP may be willing to pay lawyers to file motions to delay payments, but ultimately the day of reckoning for BP will come. I'm still accepting new business clients with BP claims. Alabama businesses can get a free legal evaluation of their BP claim by filling out the free BP Claims Evaluation Form at BPOilNews.com.

All of the opinions expressed above are those of Evans. Although Evans believes BP's motions are frivolous, this is Evans' opinion and not the ruling of a court.

Evans is not the only Alabama attorney expressing disdain for BP's March 15 lawsuit. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has asked the federal judge to reject BP's efforts to block some oil spill payments.

A March 21 article on Al.com article gave the following summary of Strange's arguments to the BP oil spill court:

Strange said BP agreed to the terms of Juneau's settlement process in a court document signed by the company in February 2012.

"A legion of BP attorneys wrote and negotiated the terms of that agreement," Strange said. "But now, BP is objecting to the terms of the agreement it signed."

Strange said the challenge "is consistent with BP’s past behavior."

"At the same time BP lauds its efforts for restoring the Gulf in the media, it blames others in court for its own mistakes to avoid responsibility for its own conduct," he said.

"As usual, BP is wrong. If BP underestimated the amount of damage it inflicted upon the Gulf, that is BP’s problem—not the victims'. BP cannot undo a settlement it wrote and signed, just to avoid its consequences. The courts should not allow it."

Evans commended Attorney General Strange for his strong advocacy on behalf of the residents and businesses of the state of Alabama.

Attribution: This release was issued by the Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, P.O. Box 55055
Birmingham, AL 35255. The contact person at Law Offices of Michael J. Evans is Michael J. Evans, 205-999-3726.

This release does not address any litigation other than the the motions and rulings that were filed in the case of In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL NO. 2179, pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

This release does not address any other litigation filed by or against BP.

About Michael J. Evans:

Evans is a Birmingham, Alabama attorney, and the owner of the Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, LLC. He is also a blogger and an advocate of new media.

Evans created the BPOilNews.com blog in 2010 within a week of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The BP Oil News blog, Facebook Page and @BPOilNews Twitter account were all started as a New Media project to provide daily, and sometimes hourly, coverage of the oil spill. Evans refused to accept oil spill clients for more than a year, until he became convinced that Kenneth Feinberg and BP were not paying BP claims "promptly" and "fairly," as promised. Articles written by Evans and posted on BPOilNews.com have been cited or quoted in the New York Times, other publications in the U.S., Europe and Australia, and in at least one law review article by the Environmental Law Institute.

Sources, links and disclaimers:

All quotes in this release come from one of the following:

BP settlement and subsequent court filings are reprehensible (Opinion) at http://bpoilnews.com/bp-settlement/bp-settlement-subsequent-court-filings-reprehensible-opinion/1847

Alabama AG Luther Strange says BP 'wrong' to challenge oil spill claims process is located at http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/03/alabama_ag_luther_strange_says.html

BP seeks to block Gulf oil spill settlement payments is at http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/03/bp_seeks_to_block_gulf_oil_spi.html

BP Seeks to Halt Some Gulf Oil-Spill Settlement Payments
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-15/bp-seeks-to-halt-some-gulf-oil-spill-settlement-payments.html

BP seeks to block payment of business claims under Gulf spill settlement
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/15/bp-seeks-to-block-payment-business-claims-under-gulf-spill-settlement/

The term "BP Settlement" refers to the settlement in In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL NO. 2179, pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The official, court-authorized website is located at http://www.deepwaterhorizonsettlements.com/.

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