Deepwater Horizon - Claims

The Attorney General’s Office provides the following information as a brief overview of the currently available claims processes.

The Attorney General’s Office cannot offer legal advice to private citizens and nothing below should be construed as taking a position or commenting on the merits of any claim process.

Individual and Business Claims

How can the Attorney General’s Office help if I have a question or concern about my claim or the claims process?

While the Attorney General is not a party to the proposed private class action settlement in the federal court case over the oil spill, Floridians with questions and concerns about their claims or the claims process often call our consumer hotline. If you have a question or concern, you may reach our office at 1-866-966-7226. The consumer hotline analysts will take the specifics about your complaint and forward it for review by an attorney within our office. The attorney will look for trends and, in demonstrated hardship cases, will work with the administrators of the Court Supervised Settlement Program (“CSSP”) and the BP Claims Program, as applicable, to facilitate any pending claims towards resolution. To the extent problems or anomalies in the claims process are detected, our office will also work to address those directly with the claims administrators, as warranted.

What is CSSP?

The Court-Supervised Settlement Program or CSSP was established as a result of the recent proposed private class action settlement with BP on behalf of certain individuals and businesses affected by the oil spill. The CSSP is responsible for administering the claims process set forth in the settlement document. Its role is to review and pay eligible claims to the individual and business class members wishing to make a claim for economic or other losses suffered as the result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The CSSP largely replaces the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (“GCCF”), which operated the claims process on BP’s behalf from August 2010 until May 2012.

Who may file a claim with the CSSP?

Not all individual and business claimants in Florida wishing to file a claim for their oil spill losses can do so with the CSSP. Only those potential claimants who live or work in the following Florida counties may file a claim with the CSSP:

  • Bay, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Monroe, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington
Claimants accepting payments through the CSSP will have to execute a release of their claims against BP and certain other defendants, extinguishing any and all past, present or future claims for economic or other losses against the settling parties. For more information on whether you or your business may be eligible to file a claim, please review the CSSP website.

Where do I file my claim if I do not reside or operate a business in one of the counties listed above?

If you reside and operate a business in a Florida county other than those listed above, BP has established a separate Claims Program for all individuals and businesses that are not covered by the CSSP or choose to timely opt out of the CSSP. For more information regarding your options under the proposed class action settlement, please review the BP Claims Program website.

NOTE: If you are covered by the proposed settlement, but choose to opt out of the CSSP process, the Class Action Settlement requires you to do so by November 1, 2012. You must opt out before you may pursue any other recourse.

Government Entities

  1. State Government Economic Loss Claims
    • What is the Attorney General’s role in pursuing the State’s economic loss claim?
      The Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against BP and Halliburton in the Northern District of Florida on April 20, 2013 to recover damages for the State of Florida’s economic losses due to the oil spill. That lawsuit is now part of the ongoing Multidistrict Litigation case in New Orleans before Judge Barbier (MDL 2179) but any trial on the State's economic loss claims will take place within Florida.
  2. Local Government Claims
    • What has the Office done to assist governments?
      While it is not within the Office’s purview to represent local governments in pursuing their claims for any losses due to the oil spill, the Attorney General’s Office continues to work with the Florida Association of Counties and the Florida League of Cities, as requested, to ensure that local governments are properly informed of their rights under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and related laws.