The Gulf Coast Claims Facility sent an announcement to reporters yesterday from Omega Protein Corporation, the recipient of the largest claim to date resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. #
The Houston-based company, which sells nutritional supplements derived from gulf seafood, waived its right to sue BP in exchange for a final settlement of $26.2 million. Combined with its emergency filings, Omega has collected a total of nearly $45 million, according to the announcement. #
Average claims paid by the fund average in the thousands for individuals, and in the tens of thousands for businesses, but its public statistics disclose big-ticket claims worth more than $500,000. The fund has so far paid 123 such claims, to the tune of more than $200 million. Floridians have received 44 such claims, worth over $45 million. #
South Florida labor and worker's rights organizations are mobilizing their members and calling on state senators to stop a GOP bill that would prohibit Florida cities and counties from passing ordinances that crack down on wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed.