Judge John L. Carroll Named as Appeals Judge for Oil Spill Claims Operation
On June 9, 2011, twenty-five people from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi were appointed to serve as Appeals Judges for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). The Appeals Judges include former state Supreme Court justices, law school deans and professors and other members of the legal community. Judge John L. Carroll, Dean of Cumberland School of Law, is among those who received an appointment to serve the citizens of our region.
More than 500,000 people and businesses have filed for damages with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, 2010, leading to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many have criticized the oil spill claims operation for offering small payments and forcing spill victims to go through a burdensome process to prove their losses. In March, Jack Weiss, chancellor of Louisiana State University’s law school, was hired to select a panel of Appeals Judges. The judges will serve in panels of three. Anyone who files a claim valued at more than $250,000 can protest claims operation’s initial ruling to the appeals panel, and BP can protest the decision on any claim above $500,000.
In addition to Judge Carroll, the following individuals in Alabama have been appointed to serve as GCCF Appeals Judges: Judge Delores R. Boyd (ret.) of Montgomery, Judge William R. Gordon (ret.) of Montgomery, Justice Champ Lyons, Jr. (ret.) of Point Clear, Judge Edward B. McDermott (ret.) of Dauphin Island and Judge Kenneth O. Simon (ret.) of Birmingham.