BP cites escort service receiving $173K as abuse of Gulf spill damage claims

Perhaps BP has a point: The court-appointed lawyer supervising the damage claims following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster confirms he approved a $173K payout to an “adult escort service” BP said was filed with unsigned and undated financial documents.

A new BP ad appearing in several national newspapers proclaims: “The IRS wouldn’t accept this claim. But the Gulf Settlement Program did.”

At least for now, BP doesn’t need to worry about such payments, as Judge Barbier has temporarily suspended settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders BP's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the spill.

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  • UnStopaBull!
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    Hey I live in Washington state and saw the spill on TV. Can I make a claim???.


    I really thought judges were better than this crap.
    6 Dec 2013, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • zoralsurgeon
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    I agree.. it's quite sad to see how things like this happen
    6 Dec 2013, 07:29 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Many lost their homes, boats, and entire businesses. It's pretty sad to see you make light of those people's situations because someone else decided to try and cash in on their suffering.
    6 Dec 2013, 11:26 PM Reply Like
  • sses
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    I believe he is talking about the 'someone else'.
    7 Dec 2013, 01:01 AM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    Jake, BP agreed to a huge settlement and I think that in itself is tantamount to an admission that the spill caused harm to a lot of people. What they are saying now is enough is enough and I have to agree with them.


    Why should BP be forced to pay for ‘economic harm’ when the activity is illegal in the US to begin with? Why stop there? The oil spill caused a huge drop in tourism all along the Gulf Coast. With few tourists visiting, I’m sure the drug dealers, pickpockets, and other scam artists saw a drop in ‘revenue’ as did the prostitutes. Why not compensate these groups as well?


    One of the primary reasons America is in decline is because too few people want to earn money the old fashion way; earn it.
    7 Dec 2013, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • Clayton Rulli
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    it takes the UK gov involvement to make it right. And imagine this is about money and not our freedom or rights. Reminds me of new gun control nonsense going on. > 5 bullets = must give up your gun.. whaaa?
    6 Dec 2013, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • Trader's Profit Compass
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    having been thru hurricane andrew in the 90's in miami, i can personally attest that these govt endorsed / approved / overseen are riddled w/ fraud and abuse. Just like the first time home buyer pgm. Family members selling each other their homes......nice scam


    Free money ....where do i sign up??
    6 Dec 2013, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • jmjjmj1
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    Fraud is horrible and should be punished, but so should BP. Maybe more accountability all around would make these occurrences decrease dramatically. Fraud, negligence by even those overseeing this settlement what a fiasco!
    6 Dec 2013, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • Ludo5312
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    Hasn't BP been punished already? And there is more to come, even with the smallest of assessments of negligence.
    6 Dec 2013, 10:41 PM Reply Like
  • arthurs1
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    Shakespeare was right. We need to kill the lawyers. They are the blood suckers of society. They are like the mob, we have to pay them if we want to transact any business.
    6 Dec 2013, 10:44 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Yes, so the noble and righteous CEO's and all the angels that work in the upper echelons of multinational corporations will save us all!
    6 Dec 2013, 11:31 PM Reply Like
  • Ed Hood
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    We need not to kill the lawyers but the US politicians with their hands in the till with companies like Halliburton that actually caused the problem in the first place. They were probably too busy making money in Iraq to get the oil well right...............
    15 Dec 2013, 03:44 AM Reply Like
  • Ludo5312
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    Time indeed to put an end to these fraudulent payments. Compensate those that clearly suffered. Sue and claim back the funds of all those that have been paid based on fraudulent and non-sense claims.
    Some of the inflammatory articles posted here before with message of worse to come seen to keep a very low profile. Rightfully so.
    6 Dec 2013, 10:47 PM Reply Like
  • bikerskibum
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    The USA will pay dearly for its treatment of BP. Yes, in the short term it can rape BP and make a few dollars but having sown the wind the USA will reap the whirlwind.
    BP made mistakes (but so did others) and stepped up, poured money in and tried to be a help. For this the company has been vilified.
    Exon on the other hand poured money into lawyers to fight every claim. Exon paid a fraction of what BP has.
    Lesson to be learned by every CEO - Use every spare dollar in the courts and under no circumstances make a BP mistake and pay victims.
    This is not a good outlook for the future,
    7 Dec 2013, 02:26 AM Reply Like
  • mah6152
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    It is sad that lawyers and people are so dishonest. I am in the Tampa area and business was down due to the economy but all these people want BP to pay for the downturn. They need to look at the politicians that brought about the housing bubble. I feel BP tried to compensate fairly but the vultures came in.
    7 Dec 2013, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Patent News
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    lawyers did not cause the mess. the negligent people in BP and other companies did. duh.
    7 Dec 2013, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • eccotecc
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    The value of my BP stock fell. Can I blame it on the spill?
    7 Dec 2013, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • glf4mny
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    Well, I, too gasped in amazement when I read the article but after thinking about it, if the escort service business that filed this claim is a legal entity within the laws of the State in which they operate, pay their taxes, if any, when due and can provide documents to support their alleged loss and tie that loss directly to the spill, I can't imagine why their claim would be any less valid that any other claim simply because some people categorically dislike the thought of that type of business. However, if the Claims Administrator paid/pays any claim without properly completed claim documents required by the Court pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, then I think the Administrator breached its fiduciary duty and should reimburse BP to the extent of its error, plus punitive damages. And since I'm a stockholder, send me a "free date pass" on my next trip to New Orleans.
    7 Dec 2013, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • Thomas L. Young
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    What, pray tell, makes an escort service any less worthy (assuming it meets the Settlement Agreement’s objective eligibility requirements) than say a nudist colony or lingerie shop, two business types expressly listed as eligible under BP’s definition of tourism-related entities?


    I explore BP’s misinformation campaign in-depth here:


    11 Dec 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
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