Beasley Allen represented cities, towns, municipalities and other government entities throughout the Gulf Coast Region to settle economic loss claims resulting from the April 2010 BP oil spill. The BP settlement agreement allows for compensation for losses to be paid this year. Judge Carl Barbier issued an order July 27 that BP has 30 days to pay these settlements.
Beasley Allen lawyers Rhon Jones and Grant Cofer helped direct the settlement negotiations for 31 communities and organizations in Alabama: City of Abbeville, City of Bay Minette, City of Brundidge, City of Chickasaw, City of Dothan, City of Eufaula, City of Evergreen, City of Georgiana, city of Greenville, City of Hartford, City of Headland, City of Luverne, City of Mexico Beach, City of Phenix City, City of Satsuma, City of Slocomb, City of Troy, Covington County Board of Education, Dale County Commission, Henry County Commission, Monroe County Commission, Ozark City School Board, Pike County, Russell County, Town of Magnolia Springs, Town of McKenzie and Troy City Board of Education. Additionally, Beasley Allen represented the following organizations in Florida: City of DeFuniak Springs, City of Freeport, Gulf County, and South Walton Fire District.
“We are pleased to announce that the economic damages suffered by cities, towns, municipalities and other government entities throughout the Gulf Coast region have been resolved, and they will be receiving payment in the very near future,” Jones said. “I would like to thank all the community leaders and their local counsel for allowing us to file the suit that resulted in this settlement.”
The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded about 100 miles off Alabama’s coast on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers. The Macondo well spewed 3.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days before it was capped on July 15, 2010. The spill is considered the largest man-made environmental disaster in United States history, and one of the largest in world history. The spill devastated Alabama’s beaches, its tourism industry and businesses throughout the State, causing Alabama to suffer substantial tax losses and environmental impacts.