Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DHECC - IBM, the Fortune 25 troll, still obsessed with a New Orleans blogger

You'd think they would use an anonymous proxy like the other PI's trolling the site.  But I suppose when you're as big as an IBM, a BP, or a McGladrey....you don't really have to worry about covering your own tracks...everyone else is just a peon to be squashed.

I suppose when you're that powerful you can stalk whoever you want (Page 9):
The IBM CS&P team began the portion of this investigation by acquiring all available information on Jason Brad Berry from the internet including his driver's license, home address, telephone, Facebook, e-mail, known aliases, and affiliated organizations.  Next, IBM CS&P team cross-referenced a series of combinations of the keywords to identify any unauthorized line of communications with Mr. Berry, but was not able to make a connection.
I'm really curious what they mean when they say they acquired all available information from the internet including email.  Does that mean they simply got my email addys from the internet or does that mean they actually "acquired" my email?

I'm also really curious how much Pat Juneau paid them to conduct this "investigation" and how much he's still paying them as they are obviously still trolling me over a year later.

It's funny, they could have saved a shitload of BP's money simply by reading the goddamn original post. I disclosed exactly how I obtained the emails from the beginning.

But then recklessly spending the money from the settlement to enrich Fortune 500 companies while the people of the Gulf get screwed over seems to be the game plan so this "investigation" just gave Juneau another excuse to pay off more business suits.  

Never mind the content of the post which proved that the PSC lawyers had expedited their own clients' claims, they simply wanted to go after the guy that exposed what they were up to.  This is the MO for Juneau's transparent claim process.

I suppose I should be flattered, huh?   Yeah, well, I'm not so much.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Donation gracias

Thank you W. for the donation...folks like you that keep me going.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DHECC - McGladrey: dishonor among thieves

This comment came in on a past post regarding the McGladrey whistleblower:

Posted by Anonymous to  American Zombie at April 21, 2015 at 7:15:00 AM CDT

1. Thank you all for your concerns of my well being, I am “ok”

2. As I continued to produce factual evidence regarding the audit (or lack thereof) of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Settlement, it quickly became evident that I needed to hire the best attorneys that money could buy and whom also specialized in Whistleblower Protection Laws

3. As my factual evidence began to mount (giving BP grounds for a huge law suit), McGladrey found grounds to terminate my employment citing “disclosure of confidential information to the press”

4. Upon my attorney’s own research / homework of all persons that where / are involved in the corruption of the Deepwater Claims Settlement, I was advised by my attorneys that if I continued to go public with the overwhelming evidence, nothing could be done to stop the secret “blackballing” of my career in an area such as Washington, DC where everything is political (or viewed as “just business”); my reputation would be RUINED if I decided to go public with the facts. (See story of Christine Reitano)

5. It’s true, Jessica Batt and her husband have indeed "conveniently" relocated to the U.K and was paid a hefty reward to do so … connect the dots to find out who made that happen; There are some very powerful and corrupted folks in Louisiana as my attorneys pointed out!

I have decided to drop the claim of the fraudulent activity that I witnessed firsthand in order to pick up the pieces and move on in hopes that the “mob-ish” ways of Deepwater Horizon and McGladrey will move on as well.

Good Luck to all that continue to seek the truth regarding the Claims Settlement corruption that has taken place; I strongly advise you to tread lightly while going up against the “powers that be” in Louisiana.

True Whistleblower 

Most importantly, I'm glad to hear the person is physically ok.  I shudder to think what may have happened if he/she would have simply threatened to go to the press.

So much for the McGladey "code of honor", eh?  It needs to be rewritten to say "if you find any corruption going on in our company, and actually have the misplaced sense of integrity to report it, we will fucking destroy your life."

To the whistleblower...you only live one life, you either live in truth or you live a lie.  Most people live lies, including the bulk of the people you worked with at McGladrey on this audit and the client, Pat Juneau, who has mastered that dark art.  Do these people still have their jobs?  Yes.  Are they part of a larger problem in this country?  Yes.  Do you still have your job? No.  Are you part of the problem?  Fuck no.  

It may be small consolation but know that thousands of people along the Gulf Coast appreciate your honesty, integrity and bravery even if they may never know your name.  You are the one in a million...14 million...that makes the world more just.  Thank you for this.  I hope you start your own firm and take all of McGladrey's clients.

And as far as treading lightly here in Louisiana...this is my home...I don't live in fear...that's how the bastards drag you down.  

Blogging from phone so sorry for any major mistakes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

DHECC - Freeh takes a page from the PSC handbook and asks to hide behind Barbier's robe

Louis Freeh has just filed a motion to dismiss Christine Reitano's defamation suit against him and the Freeh Group.

Reitano was falsely accused by Freeh of helping her husband, Lionel Sutton, expedite a claim in the DHECC which he purportedly had a financial interest in per a referral fee arrangement with the Andry Lerner law firm.

I have no doubt Judge Barbier will dismiss the suit but I want to point out a major fallacy in Freeh's current motion and its implications:

"In her Complaint, Reitano emphasizes that the September 2013 Report was made available on the Internet. See Comp. at 4 (“The defendants began their damage to Ms. Reitano in September, 2013, by publishing on the internet . . . .”);  5 (“The defendants published a report on the internet . . . .”);  13 (“The defendants published their accusations on the internet to be sure that the broadcast of the accusations was of the widest proportions.”). Yet that act does not place the Special Master outside the protection of absolute judicial immunity. After all, federal district court case filings are widely available on the Internet as a matter of course through the PACER electronic filing system. Filings on the MDL docket are electronically shared with hundreds of people by email with every filing.Further, public distribution of the Report was important to fulfilling the Court’s mandate to the Special Master of ensuring the integrity of the CSSP by assuring claimants of the validity and fairness of the process for distributing billions of dollars held in trust for the benefit of those harmed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. See Doc. Rec. 10564 at 2 (appointing the Special Master to “ensure the integrity of [the CSSP] for the benefit of the parties and the public”); Order & Reasons at 22 (noting that fraud against the CSSP concerned “issues of great moment to the public” and “involve[d] far more than an injury to a single litigant”); http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/OilSpill/OilSpill.htm (posting the Report on the judicial website established to keep the public informed on the Deepwater Horizon MDL). Nothing about Internet publication changes the application of an absolute judicial immunity for Freeh and FGIS."
The issue is not that it was published on Pacer or as a public court document, the issue is that Louis Freeh ran the report up the flagpole on his own private company's website, The Freeh Group and Pepper Hamilton. There it stayed for months, basically as an advertisement for Freeh's wonderful investigation technics (which we now know were devastatingly erroneous and fatal to Reitano's reputation).  Inspector Clouseau and team later figured out it probably wasn't such a good idea to be waving this thing around as an example of their work and hence took the report down.

By doing this, Freeh removed the report from the confines of the U.S. Court system and brought it into the private arena.  He did this, no doubt, to enterprise on the international media exposure and hullabaloo the report had created due to BP's massive PR machine using the allegations within it to paint Reitano, Sutton and Andry Lerner as examples of a corrupt settlement.

Freeh, himself, was the one who took the report outside the confines of the court for his own private gain....now he wants to hide behind Barbier's robe?  Priceless.

This is called justice?  You can destroy an innocent woman's life with a slipshod investigation and then shirk responsibility by claiming indemnity under the protection of the court?

Think about the fucking precedent this sets.

As I stated before, The Freeh Group is essentially acting as a white-collar Blackwater....a private company being paid obscene amounts of cash to conduct public investigations on behalf of the U.S. Courts.  If this private company had a vested interest, a corporate interest, in destroying the reputation of a private individual, a competing company....basically anyone they wish....they can do so with full immunity provided by the federal government.  Hell...these guys are ten times worse than Blackwater....they're government-shielded character assassins.

Unfortunately, we're most likely about to watch Barbier rubber stamp this chimera into existence.

For more background on the Freeh Group and Pepper Hamilton's connections with BP:

American Zombie: DHECC - Freeh's interests may not be so free

Friday, April 17, 2015

DHECC - In Hale Scoreboard, April 17, 2014

Steve Herman and crew are currently donning their finest Joe Isuzu imitation to convince the court, and everyone, that the DHECC is doing a fine job.

Unfortunately for them numbers don't lie:

A settlement designed to compensate hundreds of thousands falls short.

86,334 Denied claimants.
59,028 Unique claimants paid.

DWH Status updates from April 1, 2015 thru April 16, 2015 the claim center numbers. 

Payments to 1046 new unique claimants paid break down as follows.

18 Seafood 
12 IEL
0 Festival Vendors
423 BEL
12 Start ups
1 Failed Business
88 Coastal Claims
18 Wetland
8 Real Property sales
499 Subsistence
1 VoO
1 Vessel damage

Total new Denials 316

47 Eligible with no payment
19 Exclusion Denials
53 Prior GCCF Release Denials
78 Causation Denials
119 Other Denials

This is a first after mailing out the deadline notice the incomplete denials that reached a high of 49,283 on April 10 have been reduced.

-519 Incomplete Denials cured, re-filed or re-tracked due to Court Vendors found error.

And then we have the appeals BP has appealed some new offers even as they run those ads telling the world they are committed to the Gulf. 

505 Appeals pending unresolved.
68 New appeals filed.
211 Under Discretionary Court Review the next Black Hole.


Also, check out this article at Law 360 if you can, I can't reprint the article because it's behind a paywall:

Deepwater Class Payments At "Abysmal" Levels, Court Told

And this comment bump and link from Anon:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Bayou Cornehole - How deep does it go?": 

Plaintiffs' Steering Committee And BP Finalize Settlement 

NEW ORLEANS, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) leading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill today announced that it has finalized its settlement with BP.

"The people and businesses of the Gulf Coast stand to reap great benefits from these settlements," said Plaintiffs' Co-Liaison Counsel, James P. Roy and Stephen J. Herman. "We have held BP fully accountable for the Deepwater Horizon tragedy less than two years after the spill. Through extensive arms-length, good faith negotiations, hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses will be made whole."

The methodologies and protocols implemented by the Court Supervised Oil Spill Settlement Program are agreed to by the proposed Class and BP. The frameworks for compensation are transparent and provide proposed Class members with great flexibility in determining the amount of their damages. The frameworks are designed to allow proposed Class members to calculate their claims in a manner that provides the best result for them or their business. Further, the Claims Administrator has a duty to work with proposed Class members to ensure that they are receiving the entirety of what they are owed.

"The medical settlement will provide hundreds of thousands with the care they so desperately need, and through the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, bolster the region's healthcare infrastructure for years to come," said Roy and Herman.

The things puppets say: 

“Hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses will be made whole."

"The medical settlement will provide hundreds of thousands with the care they so desperately need”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Voldemort! There....I said it.....

A big congratulations to Nola.com commenter, TruthExposed, for somehow managing to get past their commenting wizardry and successfully name he who must not be named.

Thread here.

I know lots of you tried and failed but thanks for playing anyway.  I have a hunch TruthExposed's success was a single stroke of luck and the magical NOLA.com spell which makes any comment mentioning you know who simply vanish is still in place.

What a powerful wizard one must be to force the Daily Prophet, I mean Nola.com, to dare not speak his name.