Group to offer free legal clinic to BP oil spill victims

Panama City - The Bay County Branch of the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Gulf Action Spill Plaintiff’s (GASP) legal team will hold a Free Legal Clinic for Bay County residents making less than $30,000 a year who have suffered loss of jobs or wages as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Experienced attorneys and staff will be present to provide an overview of your rights and remedies for losses caused by the BP Oil Spill and free assistance in filing emergency interim claims for financial assistance with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), a fund established by BP to compensate victims of the BP Oil Spill, which will eventually be funded with $20 Billion and which is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg.

Citizens who feel they might be entitled to compensation for wages lost as a result of the April 20, 2010, BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico should bring their employment information, pay stubs, and tax returns for the past three (3) years to the Free Legal Clinic for assistance in filing a claim. If they do not have these records, they should bring whatever they have, and we will help figure out how to best prove losses and submit a claim with the existing evidence. Affected citizens should not delay filing. Claims for up to six months emergency payments must be filed before November 23, 2010.

WHEN: September 18, 2010 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

WHERE: Holiday Inn Select, 2001 MLK, Jr. Blvd. / Hwy 77 (Across from Panama City Mall)

Participating Law Firms:

P. TIM HOWARD, Ph.D., of HOWARD & ASSOCIATES, P.A., of Tallahassee, Florida, and Director, Law & Policy Doctorate Program, Northeastern University.

DOUGLAS S. LYONS, of LYONS & FARRAR, P.A., of Tallahassee, Florida

KEN SMITH, of SHELLER, P.C., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MIKE EIDSON, of COLSON, HICKS and EIDSON, of Coral Gables, Florida

SAMUEL T. ADAMS, of Panama City, Florida

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