Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A river runs through it

And here....most certainly here.....

Louisiana government is making itself off limits to the public:  Robert Mann

And I'll have more to follow.  Just remember this one as well:

A little help

I never got that one fulfilled....but I ended up obtaining some records that are almost as good.

Here's some 411 I'm going to throw at you in regards to my FOIA....chew on it if you're curious:

"24 million....DHECC....first round of payments goes to (one of the) PSC attorneys."

I got an email that suggested that  one of the PSC law firms had pulled in about 24 million out of 27 million dollars of the first round of payments from the DHECC for their own clients.

I've looked into it and I believe this claim is true.

The accusation is that the same attorneys that were chosen to be on the "Plaintiff Steering Committe" by Judge Barbier are getting paid by the DHECC....first.

I am trying to find out if the PSC attorneys' claims were, and still are, being fulfilled ahead of everyone else's BP claims by the DHECC.

This is important because according to Judge Barbier's mandate the claims submitted to the DHECC are supposed to be fulfilled in the order they are received.

I do have supporting evidence that this is happening but I'll refrain from posting it at the moment.  My hope is that someone will audit the situation and we can figure out what needs to be done.

I think we need Judge Barbier to turn over the DHECC accounting records to the U.S. Attorney General in order to find out exactly what claims have been paid and what claims are left on the board.  We just need some honest public accounting....that's what I was requesting in my FOIA.

Do you...yes, you....have a claim against BP right now?  Don't you want to see the records in regard to who has been paid, how much, and in what order?   Shouldn't this information be a matter of public record?  Shouldn't the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center make all of the entity's actions public?

After all...a federally appointed counsel, the Plaintiff Steering Committee, has been chosen to represent all DHECC claims under the auspices of Multidistrict Litigation.

The PSC's actions should be public record...shouldn't they?


Kevin said...


I sincerely appreciate and understand what you are trying to do on the DHEC issues. Remember that.

Your question:

"Shouldn't the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center make all of the entity's actions public?"

My PERSONAL thoughts on that:

First, I'm not an attorney, and I'm not giving legal advice or legal opinions. I'm not attempting to practice law.

Could it be the answer to your question is that the current DHEC is not a federal or state agency or program, but is a court-created entity as part of civil litigation? Doesn't the DHEC receive its funding from the BP settlement funds (private money put up by BP to settle lawsuits) as authorized by the court in litigation between primarily private parties? Etc., etc.

IMHO, the "FOIA request" avenue is a dead end street.

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