Welcome to the Claims Administration Website
for the Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damages Settlement
The deadline to file claims in the Seafood Compensation Program was January 22, 2013. The Claims Administrator has developed a Procedure for Handling Untimely Seafood Claims, a copy of which is available in the “Alerts” section of this website. If you have a Seafood Claim that you have not yet submitted but wish to file now, you may refer to that procedure for instructions. The Claims Administrator will evaluate deadline extension requests for Seafood Claims filed after the Bar Date and issue notifications to claimants informing them of the results of that review.
Important Announcement Regarding Approved Policies
Under the terms of the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement Agreement (“Settlement Agreement”), the Claims Administrator is charged with the duty to “faithfully implement and administer the Settlement, according to its terms and procedures, for the benefit of the Economic Class, consistent with this Agreement, and/or as agreed to by the Parties and/or as approved by the Court.” (Section 4.3.1 of the Settlement Agreement). Further, the Claims Administrator is charged with the responsibility to “work with Economic Class Members . . . to facilitate . . . assembly and submission of Claims Forms, including all supporting documentation necessary to process Claims Forms under the applicable Claims Processes . . . [and to] provide Economic Class Members with assistance, information, opportunities and notice so that the Economic Class Member has the best opportunity to be determined eligible for and receive the Settlement Payment(s) to which the Economic Class Member is entitled under the terms of this Agreement.” (Section 4.3.7 of the Settlement Agreement). In accordance with these provisions, the Claims Administrator has adopted numerous policies affecting the administrator of claims under the Settlement Program. Click Here for more information regarding these Approved Policies.
District Court Ruling in Response to Remand of BEL Issues
The District Court issued an Order on 12/24/13 addressing the issues remanded from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding BEL Claims. The District Court ordered the Claims Administrator to adopt and implement an appropriate protocol or policy for handling BEL claims in which the claimant’s financial records do not match revenue with corresponding variable expenses. Additionally, with respect to how causation is determined under the Settlement, the Court found that whether a business economic loss is “as a result of” the Deepwater Horizon Incident for purposes of the Settlement is determined exclusively by Exhibit 4B. The Court, however, left in place the preliminary injunction as amended on 12/5/13, pending further action by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Click here to read an Alert with additional information.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on the Approval of the Settlement Agreement
The District Court issued an Order on 12/21/12 certifying the Economic and Property Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement. On 1/10/14, a three judge panel for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s Order. Click here to read the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.
Important Announcement Regarding Structured Settlement Option
On January 30, 2013, the Court issued an Order Providing for Structured Settlement Option and Amendment to Release, which will provide claimants with payable claims with the option to elect a Structured Settlement. For more information about this Structured Settlement option click here. If you are considering this Structured Settlement option, you must read the instructions before responding to your Eligibility Notice.
The Economic & Property Damages Settlement resolves certain economic loss and property damage claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. If you are included in this Settlement, you could receive money if you were harmed by the oil spill in one or more of the following categories:
- › Seafood Compensation Program
- › Individual Economic Loss
- › Individual Periodic Vendor or Festival Vendor Economic Loss
- › Business Economic Loss
- › Start-up Business Economic Loss
- › Failed Business Economic Loss
- › Coastal Real Property Damage
- › Wetlands Real Property Damage
- › Real Property Sales Loss
- › Subsistence Loss
- › VoO Charter Payment
- › Vessel Physical Damage
On December 21, 2012, the Court issued an Order and Reasons and Order and Judgment certifying the Economic and Property Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement.
If you received a 60% Final Payment Offer during the GCCF/Transition and would like information on your options, including how to request the 40% balance now in exchange for an Executed Release, click here.
If you were a clean-up worker or a resident of certain coastal areas after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you may also be included in the Medical Benefits Settlement. To learn more, click "Go to Medical Settlement Website" in the bar above.
Email any questions you have about the Economic & Property Damages Settlement to Questions@dhecc.com.