|January 13, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE—Attorney General Pam Bondi yesterday filed a brief in the multi-district oil spill proceedings in New Orleans challenging a plan to take hundreds of millions of dollars from the individual and business claimants who have decided to pursue non-litigation recoveries through the claims process required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
"Individuals and businesses that suffered financial losses due to the oil spill deserve to receive fair compensation as quickly as possible, and that compensation should not be reduced due to the overreaching demands of Plaintiffs’ lawyers who have done nothing to help them. I have asked the Court to ensure that claimants receive the full compensation that they deserve,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Without holding a hearing, the Court issued an order on Dec. 28 that established a "reserve" account at the request of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. As part of this order, the Court directed that an amount equivalent to six percent of any payments made on or after Nov. 7, 2011, which was later amended to Dec. 31, 2011, be withheld from claimants who settle directly with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility as a source of potential funding for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Those funds would remain in the Court registry pending the resolution of the case and any request for common benefit fees.
To read the brief, please follow this hyperlink: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MMFD-8QGR67/$file/11312statementofinterest.pdf
For more information regarding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, please click here: