Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


January 15, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Pam Bondi Reminds Affected Floridians to Timely Present Their Oil Pollution Act Claims

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— As the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaches, Attorney General Pam Bondi reminds affected Floridians to timely present their Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA”) claims. Although there is a class action settlement, not all Floridians are eligible to make a settlement claim. To find out whether individuals or businesses are subject to the class action settlement as well as to review the settlement’s specific procedures and deadlines, please visit DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com.

“April 20, 2013 marks the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and I encourage all affected Floridians to timely present their Oil Pollution Act claims,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Individuals and businesses that are not covered by the class action settlement generally must make "presentment" of their OPA claims and allow BP up to 90 days to resolve the claims before filing a lawsuit. Any such OPA lawsuit typically must be filed within three years of the date of the loss caused by the oil spill. More information about filing a claim may be found at BP.com/claims.

Because of the unique facts and circumstances of each claim, Attorney General Bondi encourages affected individuals and businesses to consult with an attorney of their choice to obtain personalized advice about available claims, presentment requirements, the applicable statute of limitations, and other important legal issues.