Update on Worley overtime class action case Altier vs Worley and BP- BP granted dismissal May 2011

May 11, 2011

Doing some research today, I was able to locate a May 9, 2011 court decision granting BP’s motion to be dismissed from this class action lawsuit filed by independent adjusters working BP claims through Worley adjusting firm.  Here is the link.

It is interesting to see several more independent adjuster names on the court document now as plaintiff’s…several of which I recognize from online interactions from several sites.

In another online document from a February 25, 2011 Status Conference held  involving all BP cases, they do list both Alteir vs Worley and Alteir vs Worley and BP as item number 17 on the Agenda. Here’s the link to that pdf document found online.

The website listing the status of the 368 litigation cases against Deep Water Horizen does show these two cases still open here (search alpha order for Alteir vs Worley.

While doing some online research I also came across another case in AL that includes BP and Worley as well as ESIS who BP originally assigned cases to filed with the State of AL as one of two plaintiffshere which also lists it as a RICO case as shown in this document. I will make some contacts to see if I can get more documents if they available to the public. There is a short explanation about the type of case it is in the top right corner of the pdf document. The 2nd plaintiff listed on this AL case is CMCO, LLC and here is the trademark info I found on them but no clue if this is actually the plaintiff listed on this case.

Amazingly (not) is a website which is basically an advertisement from the firm filing the class action speaking to adjusters who may have worked for Worley found here. The website for the law firm is listed on the bottom of that link along with contact information.

As far as what independent adjusters are saying,  here is a lin to a CADO forum topic where a few were discussing this case when it first hit the news.

For links to our prior posts with the original Complaint documents which explains the details of the case if you missed it, here is the link.

As we locate more documents and information we will update the information here on the blog.

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Must see video of BP’s Ken Feinburg at AL Townhall meeting yesterday- Hope to meet many of you this morning at the Fort Walton Beach Townhall Meeting

January 19, 2011

Here is some must see video footage of the Orange Beach, Alabama townhall meeting held yesterday with BP’s Ken Feinburg:

http://wkrg.com/1204118/

We will be attending today’s townhall meeting along with other independent adjusters in the Florida panhandle this morning being held here today in Fort Walton Beach, FL along with the founder of the Pensacola, FL Gulf Coast Claims Association and several other independent adjusters in the area. I’ll blog on that either later today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, I am putting together an article on the fruitless efforts made by hundreds if not thousands of adjusters like myself who applied to work these BP claims jobs from TX to FL  and were not utilized to work these claims. I have heard from hundreds who have applied and were not used being told that they were saving the experienced adjusters for hurricane season which never did cause damage in 2010. Information I’ve learned from many adjusters who were in the operation says that Ken Feinburg had changed the job title to “evaluator” from “adjuster” when he took over. Why? Is that so non adjusters could work the claims?

We’d like to piece together our side of the BP claims story by hearing from the many of you who applied and did or did not work claims. You can reply to this blog and I’ll approve the comments or if you wish to remain anonymous you can email me at dkmoroy@dimechimes.com and I will not use your name in any article or upcoming blog on the subject.

Thanks!


BP Claims Townhall Meetings This Week in LA, AL, FL panhandle M-W

January 17, 2011

Here is Ken Feinburg’s BP Claims Townhall meetings schedule for meetings scheduled today-Wednesay in LA, AL, and MS. Several of us from the Gulf Coast Claims Assn will be attending the Fort Walton Beach townhall meeting Wednesday:

http://www.pnj.com/article/20110113/NEWS01/110113017/1056/news10/Feinberg-returning-to-Florida

We hope to meet many other Florida claims adjusters and claims managers there! Email me at dkmoroy@dimechimes.com if you want to meet up with us over there so we can network while there!

#in #claims #adjusters #insurance #BP Oil Spill #GCCF #Ken Feinburg


Updates from BP Czar Ken Feinburg from Louisiana Town Hall Meeting 8/18/10 about Gulf Coast Claims Facility/New Website for BP Claim Filing as well

August 19, 2010

Well it is finally out=========the BP Claims process through BP ended as of yesterday on August 18, 2010 and will reopen Monday August 23, 2010 under the Gulf Coast Claims Facility administered by Ken Feinburg at http://www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com As of a few minutes ago, it just has an announcement posted that it will open 8/23/2010.

This article from yesterday’s townhall meeting in Louisiana provides many more clues to how Feinburg intends to administer the settlement of these claims and is becoming a little more clear and more sensible as well from the standpoint he is now saying BP is providing them the documentation received on the claims that were reported directly to BP from April 20, 2010 date of loss through the close of BP’s own administration of the claims which ended yesterday.

The process sounds like an improvement but I cannot fathom how they possibly are going to make the first six months emergency payments within 48 hours for personal claims and 7 days for businesses as alleged. 1600 or so claims personnel divided by the 151,000 claims reported to BP that are in the process of movig to Gulf Coast Claims Facility doesn’t even sound humanly possible as anyone running a catastrophe claims operation can tell you.

We’ll keep a hopeful watchful eye as things develop and wish the Gulf Coast Claims Facility nothing but the best in restoring these claimants to some semblance of normalcy after their lives have been in ruins from this BP oil spill.

Here is the link to the the news article out of Louisiana quoting Ken Feinburg with more clues to how the claims will be administered:

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/08/gulf_of_mexico_oil_spill_claim_1.html

BP’s claim site lists the following new information about filing claims under the new facility at www.bp.com/claims which says in part:

Update: Individual and Business Claims

Claims previously filed with the BP Claims Process related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are transitioning on August 23 to the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) for review, evaluation and determination.

  • Access the GCCF website at www.GulfCoastClaimsFacility.com.
  • Call the toll-free number 1(800) 916-4893 to receive a copy of the claim form by U.S. Mail (TTY: 1 (866) 682-1758).
  • Visit one of the GCCF Claims Site Offices, locations of which can be found at the above web site.
In order to ensure the orderly transition of data to the GCCF, BP will not accept claims into its system between August 19 and August 22.

 
The claims statistics link on their BP site is not up today so I can’t get an update yet on exactly how many claim loss reports they ended up with to move to the GCCF so the last I knew was 151,000 claims and 348 million paid which this new article quoting Feinburg says is not a dollar amount that will be included in the 20B fund to be paid on claims.
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For existing claimants only: The Immediate Action Claims Team will continue to operate through Sunday, August 22, and can be contacted at 1(800) 573-8249. This team will work only with those who have real emergencies.

GCCF is the only authorized organization managing business and individual claims related to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

Effective August 23, 2010, to file a claim, you can do one of the following: