The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 killing 11 oil rig workers and causing severe injuries to many others. The Deepwater Horizon leaked oil for nearly 90 days before being capped in September, 2010. Ultimately, 4.9 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico resulting in the largest environmental disaster in the United States. It caused severe devastation to the waters and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill profoundly harmed the economic and emotional well-being of hundreds of thousands residents in and throughout the Gulf South.
Appointment To The Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC)
Litigation against the responsible parties, including Transocean, BP, and Halliburton, commenced in the fall of 2010. WILLIAMS LAW GROUP, LLC committed itself to helping individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill very early on. Recognized for his efforts and invaluable legal acumen, Judge Carl Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana selected Duke as 1 of 15 attorneys to be on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee that would represent the interests of the thousands of private plaintiffs in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
Duke was an instrumental member of the trial team that successfully litigated the Phase One litigation against BP in early 2013 that resulted in a successful liability verdict. Currently, Duke oversees the litigation against BP resulting from the Moratorium imposed by the federal government in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Moratorium halted drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and as a result, caused severe damage to the oil and gas industry present here.
The Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement Agreement
The Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement) was reached between the PSC and BP in March, 2012. The Settlement Agreement compensates individuals and businesses that have suffered economic loss and property damage as a result of the oil spill. Since the Settlement Agreement received final approval in 2012, BP has challenged many aspects of the Settlement Agreement resulting in significant changes to the objective formulas originally agreed upon. While the deadline to file claims has past, we may be able to assist you with your timely filed claim. We have demonstrated expertise in the nuances of the Settlement Agreement and are well-equipped to help you in the pursuit of an equitable settlement.
WILLIAMS LAW GROUP, LLC represents individuals, commercial fisherman, seafood and other businesses, as well as a number of companies involved in oil and gas offshore operations that have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. If you filed a claim in the Settlement Agreement and have not secured representation by an attorney, or if you have a claim that BP has appealed and would like assistance in preparing a response, we stand ready to assist you at all stages of the process.
Please contact us to schedule a free, initial consultation.