Category Archives: BP Settlement

The BP Oil Spill Settlement and Fund Approach Are Wrong For America!

Tampa, FL (September 16, 2013) – The BP Oil Spill Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL 2179”) officially started on August 10, 2010. The Transfer Order issued on that date by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) clearly states: “…. Centralization may also facilitate closer coordination with Kenneth Feinberg’s administration of the BP compensation fund.” From the very beginning, the purpose of MDL 2179 was to replace democratic adversarial litigation with a fund approach to compensating victims of the BP oil spill. The vast majority of BP oil spill victims would never have their day in court. Judicial economy, […]

It’s a Law: Triumph Gulf Coast


09:00 pm Pinellas County Legislative Delegation Meeting (from Clearwater) 12:05 am Governor’s Meeting with Local Officials on Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery (from Marathon, earlier today) 01:00 am Press Availability with Governor Rick Scott (from Marathon, earlier today) 01:05 am Governor’s Meeting with Local Officials on Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery (from Marathon, earlier today) 01:55 am Press Availability with Governor Rick Scott (from Marathon, earlier today) 02:00 am Constitution Revision Commission Rules and Administration Committee 02:50 am Public Service Commission Hearing on Retiring St. Johns River Power Park (from earlier today) 03:10 am Florida Citrus Commission (from September […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.( This story is a part of Ask Alabama , a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: " What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent? "

If you’ve […]

A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement

By LLAW Executive Director Melissa Landry, originally posted on The Hayride

How would you like a $700 million payday for five years of work? That’s a long way from the minimum wage. But that’s about what trial lawyers would have made off the BP settlement if some lawmakers and the Attorney General had been allowed to use contingency fee contracts to hire outside attorneys in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Fortunately, business and legal reform advocates didn’t let that happen. But this story serves as a cautionary tale of what could happen if lawyers and lawmakers are […]

The BP Oil Spill Settlement and Fund Approach Are Wrong For America!

Tampa, FL (September 16, 2013) – The BP Oil Spill Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL 2179”) officially started on August 10, 2010. The Transfer Order issued on that date by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) clearly states: “…. Centralization may also facilitate closer coordination with Kenneth Feinberg’s administration of the BP compensation fund.” From the very beginning, the purpose of MDL 2179 was to replace democratic adversarial litigation with a fund approach to compensating victims of the BP oil spill. The vast majority of BP oil spill victims would never have their day in court. Judicial economy, […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

This story is a part of Ask Alabama, a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: "What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent?" If you’ve been reading AL.com closely this year you may already be … ( continue reading )
In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

This story is a part of Ask Alabama, a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: "What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent?" If you’ve been reading AL.com closely this year you may already be … ( continue reading )
In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

This story is a part of Ask Alabama, a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: "What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent?" If you’ve been reading AL.com closely this year you may already be … ( continue reading )
In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

This story is a part of Ask Alabama, a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: "What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent?" If you’ve been reading AL.com closely this year you may already be … ( continue reading )
In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a […]

How was the Deepwater Horizon BP Settlement money spent?

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana

In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.( This story is a part of Ask Alabama , a weekly interaction with our readers, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. Ted Ellis from Homewood in Jefferson County asks: " What happened to all the money from the BP settlement? How was it spent? "

If you’ve […]