Dateline September 1, 2010 – 2nd Letter to Ken Feinberg, BP claims administrator Read the letter

GCCF making inappropriate contacts with claimants currently represented by legal counsel

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (September 1, 2010) – Ken Feinberg, with help from BP, developed a plan which was supposed to compensate individuals and businesses who have suffered losses as a result of the BP oil spill. Section 3 of the official claims protocol specifically restricts contact between the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) and claimants who have hired legal counsel.

Beasley Allen lawyers began on August 23 filing claims on behalf of their clients with GCCF in hopes of obtaining prompt emergency payments for their clients. The claims filed were accompanied by all of the documentation required by GCCF. Everything needed for claims to be processed and paid were filed with GCCF.

“Within 48 hours our clients began receiving personal contacts by the GCCF requesting new claim forms and other information. This is outrageous and unacceptable,” says Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley. “Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF created this protocol and say they have a system in place to manage claims. Now our clients are having to contend with lots of confusion and delay brought on by the GCCF. We are concerned that their claims aren’t being processed properly. It’s obvious that the claims process was designed primarily for BP’s benefit.

“We have put the GCCF on notice that the protocol must be followed and our client’s claims handled promptly, in a fair manner and paid. Not only is the GCCF delaying payments to persons in need, they are wasting time, effort and money,” Beasley says.

Beasley Allen has filed a number of lawsuits in District Courts in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to help protect businesses and individuals harmed by the oil spill. Complaints have been filed on behalf of a broad range of clients including commercial fishing businesses, retail establishments, the restaurant industry, real estate management companies, property owners, persons suffering personal injuries and others.

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