Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Gulf Oil Crisis: Enforcement and Claims Handling Update - ABA CLE

This ABA teleconference and webcast includes attorneys working on various facets of the BP blow out, will break down the civil and criminal litigation resulting from the Deep Water Horizon incident, where those matters stand, and where they may be headed. The panel will also discuss and evaluate the claims handling process under the Oil Pollution Act ("OPA") and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the fund administered by Ken Feinberg, including the protocols for the handling of those claims under that fund.

The panel includes:

• Craig Bennett, United States Coast Guard, who is Director of the U. S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center, which is the fund created by the Oil Pollution Act providing money for pollution response and damage compensation and also responsible for certifying the financial responsibility of vessels operating in U. S. waters;
• Jackie Zins, the senior attorney working with Ken Feinberg who is the Claims Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility;
• Allan Kanner, a nationally known plaintiff’s attorney, with main offices in New Orleans, who has been retained as special counsel to the State of Louisiana regarding that State's oil spill-related claims, as well as counsel to private party claims against various companies, and;
• and as moderator, Jon Waldron, who had a 20 year career with the US Coast Guard, retiring as Commander, and was in charge of all Coast Guard response activities following the Exxon Valdez spill.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Format: Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Duration: 90 minutes

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

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