Last-minute rush as deadline nears for oil spill settlement
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.