BCA is considered the world's expert on litigating BP and BP's corporate culture - a fact not missed by the media. Since 2007, Brent Coon and BCA have been quoted in more articles (national, regional and local) than any other lawyer or law firm in the country. Front page stories about Brent Coon and BCA have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and over 200 other periodicals and publications.
Since April of 2012, BCA has worked closely with the Plaintiff's Steering Committee on the BP Settlement and has not been at liberty to discuss the particulars, but our history and efforts in getting the story out to the public prior to the settlement talks can be seen in the articles below.
Brent Coon Making Oil Spill News
|November 9, 2012, 9:25 am|
Thousands of Gulf Coast residents claiming economic or health damages from the 2010 oil spill have told a New Orleans federal judge they don’t want to participate in a class action settlement, and now he has to decide which ones he’ll allow to opt out.
|November 2, 2012, 9:06 am|
BEAUMONT, Texas - It's decision time for many whose livelihoods were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Private claims of economic hardship against oil giant British Petroleum (BP) will become part of a class-action settlement process, with participants likely forfeiting the right to sue later on their own unless they formally opt out of the deal this week.
Beaumont attorney Brent Coon represents about 14,000 claimants associated with the fishing, tourism and oil industries from the five Gulf states.
|November 1, 2012, 9:07 am|
Lawyers for as many as 10,000 potential plaintiffs pursuing claims over BP Plc (BP/)’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said their clients today will opt out or reject the company’s $7.8 billion settlement reached in March.
“I’m not trying to hold the settlement hostage, but there are too many technical problems” with the claims process, said Houston-based lawyer Brent Coon, who said he will opt out as many as 5,000 clients today. The process set up after the agreement was reached has been “slow, arduous and unexplainable,” Coon said.
|October 31, 2012, 1:08 pm|
As a federal judge considers whether to approve a huge civil settlement in the 2010 oil spill, thousands of Gulf Coast residents owe their day in court to a law that arose from the Exxon Valdez disaster 23 years ago.
|October 31, 2012, 1:05 pm|
BP Plc (BP/) urged a federal judge to approve a proposed $7.8 billion settlement of thousands of claims by coastal businesses and property owners who sued over economic damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
|October 31, 2012, 1:03 pm|
To avoid disruptions from the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, a federal judge in New Orleans has postponed a trial for claims spawned by BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
|September 19, 2012, 1:19 pm|
Keith Jones has heard about the government’s negotiations over criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Amid all the talk of multibillion-dollar fines, though, he sees a glaring omission.
“Nobody has done anything to prosecute the people who were directly responsible for these deaths,” said Jones, who lives in Baton Rouge, La.
Jones’ son, Gordon, was among the 11 men killed aboard the Deepwater Horizon, but he’s also a lawyer involved in the case. He’s “somewhat mystified” that all the talk involving the government’s criminal claims against BP, the rig’s operator, and Transocean, its owner, have been about fines for pollution crimes.
|August 20, 2012, 11:57 am|
Danny Hatcher had more questions than answers after he got a letter explaining proposed compensation for persistent respiratory problems and fatigue he attributes to working on a cleanup crew after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
|July 17, 2012, 11:44 pm|
Brent Coon and Associates (BCA) is pleased to announce the resolution of its first cases with the BP Oil Spill Settlement program.
|July 11, 2012, 2:16 pm|
This is a compelling argument, because it is true: Corexit was listed as an approved dispersant, and it was what BP decided to use on the Gulf. The problem, though, is something we've covered here before: The federal government doesn't consider the human or environmental effects of the chemicals when approving them for the list.
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