As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I am committed to ensuring that every citizen and every business negatively affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are made whole. While the stories have dropped from the headlines,
I am well aware that real struggles continue, and I am determined to ensure every legitimate claim gets paid and every community is
Even for those of you who have accepted final payment from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), I know that does not mean your challenges are over. Many Floridians are facing economic challenges today, that's why I launched
Your Money Matter$, a financial education initiative that aims to teach Floridians of all ages how to
make the most out of their money, and for small businesses how to strengthen and grow their enterprises.
My Department has been involved from the beginning and understands that oil spill victims are not asking for a handout, only what they are due. When that happens,
only then can we declare an end to the oil spill.
Most recent developments in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Florida joins federal lawsuit against BP for 2010 oil spill
Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday March 5, 2014, that Florida is joining the federal lawsuit filed in Louisiana seeking damages
from BP American Production Co., Transocean Ltd. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The
lawsuit seeks compensation for damage to natural resources unlike the lawsuit for economic damages filed by Attorney General Pam Bondi
Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson IV
said on March 5, 2014 that he welcomed the state's involvement in the suit. Robinson serves as chairman of the Gulf Consortium of 23
counties that will develop a spending plan for federal oil spill restoration money.
Robinson said he wasn't sure which lawsuit Florida was joining but mentioned that Escambia County had voted two years earlier to join a
lawsuit involving the spill.
BP loses appeal over spill payouts
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on March 3, 2014 rejected BP’s argument that a court-appointed claims administrator had
misconstrued the terms of a settlement. It ordered BP to pay damages to undeserving businesses claiming losses that had no connection to the
Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program
February 12, 2014 Update: For the Medical Benefits Settlement, the remaining appeals that were pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Fifth Circuit were dismissed on February 11, 2014. Therefore, the Effective Date of the Medical Benefits Settlement is February 12, 2014.
The court said in a 2 to 1 ruling, the claims administrator was following the guidelines BP had agreed to in a settlement reached with a wide
variety of plaintiffs in 2012.
“The Settlement Agreement contained many compromises. One of them was to provide in only a limited way for connecting the claim to the cause,”
the court said. “The claims administrator, parties, and district court can resolve real examples of implausible claims as they resolve other
questions that arise in the handling of specific claims.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi Sues BP on Three-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a lawsuit on April 20, 2013, against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the three-year anniversary of the spill.
The suit was filed in the Panama City division of the Northern District of Florida. The State of Florida’s lawsuit comes ahead of the three-year statute of
limitations under the Oil Pollution Act in order to ensure that the state may recover its economic losses resulting from the oil spill. The named defendants
will be BP and Halliburton.
“The State of Florida suffered considerable economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and BP and Halliburton must be held accountable,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
This lawsuit involves only the economic losses suffered by the State of Florida.