BP Settlement class members who wish to be exempt from the terms of the Settlement—or who are contemplating this option—now have until November 1 to send in their requests for exclusion. This week, Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the Settlement, issued an order extending the opt-out deadline from its previous date of October 1. The new November 1 deadline is that date by which opt-out requests must be postmarked.

This affects potential claimants who simply do not wish to participate in the BP Settlement program at all, and it also affects claimants who had claims pending in the Gulf Coast Claims Facility at the time the Settlement was reached in March of this year. Class members who opt out of the BP Settlement will not be bound by its terms and will be free to pursue their own legal action. Opting out means that the class member cannot submit claims under any portion of the settlement.

Class members who wish to exclude themselves from the Settlement must submit a written request stating “I wish to be excluded from the Economic Class.” This request must include your printed name, address and phone number and must be signed by the individual or entity seeking exclusion. The request must be postmarked no later than November 1st and mailed to:

Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program
Exclusions Department
P.O. Box 222
Hammond, LA 70404-0222