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Last-minute rush as deadline nears for oil spill settlement

1 year 7 months 1 week ago June 08, 2015 Jun 8, 2015 Monday, June 08 2015 June 08, 2015 2:46 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - Brisk business was reported at Gulf Coast offices and on the Internet as people filing claims for losses blamed on the 2010 BP oil spill rushed to meet a midnight deadline.

Claims administrator Patrick Juneau predicted a last-minute rush last week. In a statement Monday afternoon, he said there has been a substantial increase in claim filings on the Internet and at claims centers, although he did not provide specific figures.

At a claims office at a strip mall in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, more than a dozen people were inside and more than two dozen others lined up outside Monday morning to file a claim or seek information.

Claims are being filed for compensation under the terms of a 2012 settlement that plaintiffs' lawyers struck with BP.

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