BP Oil Spill Claims and Non-Profit Organizations

British Petroleum (BP) has recently suffered a series of setbacks in court when first one appeal and then another was denied by the Fifth Circuit Court. BP has been in legal hot water ever since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The incident caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the water, affecting the environment as well as thousands of businesses and individuals in the coastal areas of 5 surrounding states.

The oil giant had attempted to reverse claims made by non-profit organizations to the settlement program put up by BP to avoid individual lawsuits. BP alleges some non-profits that received compensation were not directly affected by the oil spill. The administrator, BP argued, “misunderstood” the terms of the settlement program, and should be replaced. Judge Carl Barbier was not impressed by the arguments and denied the motion.

According to the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, non-profit organizations have been in the forefront of the cleanup and rehabilitation operations in the wake of the BP oil spill. They were obliged to expend considerable resources to do the work, and at the same time experienced a downturn in incoming funds partly because local donors had their own money problems. Many non-profit organizations faced imminent cessation of operations directly and indirectly because of the oil spill, and this makes them eligible to make a claim.

This is the crux of the matter when it comes to BP oil spill claims and non-profits. As the website of BP claim appeal lawyer at Williams Kherkher outlines: even if they were not directly affected by the disaster, if they can demonstrate a deficit occurred after the spill compared to before the spill, they can make a claim. If you represent a non-profit organization and would like to make a claim, it would be advisable to consult with a competent BP oil spill lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity.

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