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A huge spill disaster and many smaller ones

April 11, 2012, 9:31 am

By Emily Pickrell

Helen Nguyen's personal picture of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is not filled with leaping flames or miles of spilled oil.

It is a pile of dead crabs in her backyard, an indicator of the lost and damaged catch that destroyed her wholesale business, Independent Seafood, after the deadly well blowout and oil spill.

"Crabs were dying on the docks," said Nguyen, whose business in Franklin, La., was based on shipping fresh, live crab throughout the United States. "By August 2010, I had to throw away so much seafood, I had to close down my business."

Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, went from $100,000 a year in revenue prior to the accident to bankruptcy just months later.

She's one of the many individuals trying to understand how a proposed settlement between BP and plaintiff representatives will affect payouts for economic damages arising from the April 20, 2010, blowout of BP's Macondo well.

The accident spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people.

Business owners like Nguyen, along with other Gulf Coast businesses and individuals, are potential beneficiaries of a March 2 class action settlement between BP and a Plaintiffs' Steering Committee representing thousands of claimants who were damaged economically by the accident.

Needs court approval

The agreement still requires court approval, and its details remain too general for participants to evaluate how their potential settlement could compare to what they might expect from a trial.

If approved, the agreement will replace the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up in June 2010 and has paid out morethan 200,000 claims totaling $6 billion.

BP has estimated the settlement to be worth about $7.8 billion and plans to fully fund it, though the full value of the settlement will depend on the number of participants and the amount of each individual's payout.

Attorneys representing plaintiffs say that the new system may indeed be a step up from the Claims Facility, which many have complained was slow to make payment offers and opaque about how the claims were calculated.

"If it becomes a final settlement, it may offer resolution to some claimants that is more fair than the process offered by the GCCF," said Brent Coon, a Houston lawyer representing about 8,000 clients in the case.

Jerry Tharp, who has owned and operated Abbeville, La.-based CrabCo for 40 years, hopes the new settlement group will pay more attention to small-business owners who are continuing to suffer.

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A huge spill disaster and many smaller ones

April 11, 2012, 9:31 am

By Emily Pickrell

Helen Nguyen's personal picture of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is not filled with leaping flames or miles of spilled oil.

It is a pile of dead crabs in her backyard, an indicator of the lost and damaged catch that destroyed her wholesale business, Independent Seafood, after the deadly well blowout and oil spill.

"Crabs were dying on the docks," said Nguyen, whose business in Franklin, La., was based on shipping fresh, live crab throughout the United States. "By August 2010, I had to throw away so much seafood, I had to close down my business."

Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, went from $100,000 a year in revenue prior to the accident to bankruptcy just months later.

She's one of the many individuals trying to understand how a proposed settlement between BP and plaintiff representatives will affect payouts for economic damages arising from the April 20, 2010, blowout of BP's Macondo well.

The accident spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people.

Business owners like Nguyen, along with other Gulf Coast businesses and individuals, are potential beneficiaries of a March 2 class action settlement between BP and a Plaintiffs' Steering Committee representing thousands of claimants who were damaged economically by the accident.

Needs court approval

The agreement still requires court approval, and its details remain too general for participants to evaluate how their potential settlement could compare to what they might expect from a trial.

If approved, the agreement will replace the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up in June 2010 and has paid out morethan 200,000 claims totaling $6 billion.

BP has estimated the settlement to be worth about $7.8 billion and plans to fully fund it, though the full value of the settlement will depend on the number of participants and the amount of each individual's payout.

Attorneys representing plaintiffs say that the new system may indeed be a step up from the Claims Facility, which many have complained was slow to make payment offers and opaque about how the claims were calculated.

"If it becomes a final settlement, it may offer resolution to some claimants that is more fair than the process offered by the GCCF," said Brent Coon, a Houston lawyer representing about 8,000 clients in the case.

Jerry Tharp, who has owned and operated Abbeville, La.-based CrabCo for 40 years, hopes the new settlement group will pay more attention to small-business owners who are continuing to suffer.

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