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57292615
May 26 2015
03:18PM

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig
"Deepwater Horizon"
in the Gulf of Mexico,
on April 20, 2010
This Document Relates to:
Salvesen v. Feinberg, et al.,
2:11-cv-02533
Pinellas Marine Salvage Inc., et al. v. Feinberg, et al.,
2:11-cv-1987
Ditch v. Feinberg et al.,
2:13-cv-06014
_____________________________________________/

MDL No. 2179

SECTION: J

JUDGE BARBIER
MAG. JUDGE SHUSHAN

REQUEST FOR ORAL ARGUMENT
Pursuant to Local Rule 78.1, Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ Counsel hereby respectfully request
oral argument on Plaintiffs’ Motion to Nullify Every Gulf Coast Claims Facility Release and
Covenant Not to Sue. Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ Counsel believe that oral argument may assist the
Court in evaluating the following legal and factual issues raised by the Motion.
Issue No. 1
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), a strict liability statute, clearly prohibits Defendant
Feinberg’s “Release and Covenant Not to Sue.”
Issue No. 2
Defendant Feinberg’s “Release and Covenant Not to Sue” requirement violates OPA, State
contract law, and is contrary to public policy.
Issue No. 3
Defendant Feinberg’s “Release and Covenant Not to Sue” illegally excluded approximately
200,000 BP oil spill victims from the MDL 2179 Economic and Property Damages Class
Settlement Agreement.
Issue No. 4
Defendant Feinberg cannot justify limiting payments under the “Quick Payment Final Claim”
program to a one-time final payment of $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for businesses. Under

the “Quick Payment Final Claim” program claimants were required to submit with their claim
form a “Release and Covenant Not to Sue.” There is no evidence that these amounts even
remotely represent adequate consideration to compensate claimants for the damages that
claimants did or will suffer as a result of the BP oil spill.
Issue No. 5
Defendant Feinberg’s Administration of the GCCF Was in Violation of OPA.
Issue No. 6
Defendant Feinberg forced 84.68% of the claimants to sign a “Release and Covenant Not to
Sue” in which the claimant agreed not to sue BP and all other potentially liable parties; only
15.31% of the claimants were not required to sign a “Release and Covenant Not to Sue” in order
to be paid.
Issue No. 7
A Feinberg-administered claims program like the GCCF does not provide a much-needed
alternative to conventional mass tort litigation.
Issue No. 8
A Feinberg-administered claims program like the GCCF is a cancer which is metastasizing.
DATED: May 26, 2015

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Brian J. Donovan_______
Brian J. Donovan
Attorney for Plaintiffs
Florida Bar No. 143900
3102 Seaway Court, Suite 304
Tampa, FL 33629
Tel: (352)328-7469
BrianJDonovan@verizon.net

CERTIFICATE OF NON-SUPPORT
The undersigned certifies, pursuant to Pretrial Order No. 11, that he has conferred with
Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, Stephen J. Herman, requesting support for the filing of the foregoing
Request for Oral Argument. Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel stated, “The Court has already said it
will address the plan going forward for unsettled cases at the June 18 Status Conference.”
DATED: May 26, 2015

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Brian J. Donovan_______
Brian J. Donovan
Attorney for Plaintiffs
Florida Bar No. 143900
3102 Seaway Court, Suite 304
Tampa, FL 33629
Tel: (352)328-7469
BrianJDonovan@verizon.net

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that the above and foregoing Request for Oral Argument has been served
on All Counsel by electronically uploading the same to Lexis Nexis File & Serve in accordance
with Pretrial Order No. 12, and that the foregoing was electronically filed with the Clerk of Court
of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by using the CM/ECF
System, which will send a notice of electronic filing in accordance with the procedures
established in MDL 2179, on this 26th day of May, 2015.
/s/ Brian J. Donovan______
Brian J. Donovan
Attorney for Plaintiffs
Florida Bar No. 143900
3102 Seaway Court, Suite 304
Tampa, FL 33629
Tel: (352)328-7469
BrianJDonovan@verizon.net


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