Halliburton Energy Services, Inc./Transocean Punitive Damages & Assigned Claims Settlements

Overview

Deficiency Letters

The HESI/Transocean Settlements Program continues to mail deficiency letters for New Class claims on a rolling basis. The Settlements Program and the New Class Claims Administrator are providing this website update with some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions in an effort to make the process as efficient as possible.

Please make certain you are including your Claimant ID or a copy of the first page of your deficiency notice with your submission. If we cannot identify the claim to which a particular piece of documentation applies, it may result in denial of your claim.

Frequently asked questions have included:

  • Can I get an extension to respond?

    There is no formal extension process. If you fail to meet the deadline and your response is received prior to Failure to Cure Deficiencies Denial Determination Letters being sent, your response will be processed. If you fail to respond and receive a Failure to Cure Deficiencies Denial Determination Letter you will have 20 days to file an appeal and provide your additional documentation.

    Please note, the Deadline to Submit Response is a postmark deadline. Responses and documentation may be submitted by mail to HESI/Transocean Punitive Damages & Assigned Claims Settlements, c/o Garden City Group, LLC, PO Box 10260, Dublin, OH 43017-5760 or by email to Questions@GulfSpillPunitiveDamagesSettlement.com.

    You may email responses with the exception of providing an original signature on the signature page of the claim form; this must be provided by US Mail or courier.

  • What if the documentation requested does not exist?

    The documentation requirements were written with a broad range of requirements that can vary by state and eligible locations. Some documentation may not be applicable in all situations. If the documentation requested in the notice does not exist, respond to the notice stating that the documentation does not exist and why.

  • What documentation can be provided to establish Gulf Area Home Port?

    A variety of documentation can potentially establish the location of the vessel’s home port. Some trip tickets may note the home port of the vessel, evidence of slip/dock rental or ownership within the Gulf Area, registration, or other documentation may be acceptable – this is particularly important if your vessel is registered in a state where there are both zone and non-zone ports. If no documentation is available, an affidavit may be deemed sufficient; contact the HESI/Transocean Settlements at Questions@GulfSpillPunitiveDamagesSettlement.com for additional information.

  • I submitted the requested documentation to the DHEPDS program. Do I need to submit this documentation to the HESI/Transocean Settlements Program as well?

    Although the HESI/Transocean Settlements Program made an effort to obtain all relevant documentation from claim files in DHEPDS, some documentation may have been labeled for an alternate use by DHEPDS or commingled with other documents on the DHEPDS claim portal. Please either provide the documentation to the HESI/Transocean Settlements Program or provide the Document ID of the specific documentation from the DHEPDS claim portal.

  • If I am missing a signature on my Claim Form, do I need to resubmit the whole claim form?

    No, you do not. Please submit only the signature page; however, you must submit it by mail as the Settlements Program requires an original signature on this form only.

  • If I missing a signature on a Sworn Written Statement (SWS), do you need an original signature page mailed in?

    You may mail or email an SWS; however, make sure your deficiency reason did not also include a notation about incomplete information. If your SWS was incomplete and was also missing a signature, you may need to provide the full document.

Hurricane Harvey and Flooding

If you have been affected by the flooding following Hurricane Harvey and are unable to respond to deficiency or determination letters by the postmark deadline indicated on the notice, please contact the HESI/Transocean Settlements by phone at 1-877-940-7792 or email at Questions@GulfSpillPunitiveDamagesSettlement.com.

General Information

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. and Halliburton Company (“HESI”) and Triton Asset Leasing GmbH, Transocean Deepwater Inc., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., and Transocean Holdings LLC (“Transocean”) each entered into separate settlement agreements with the New Class, which total $1,239,750,000. These settlements will be administered together to decrease administrative costs to the New Class.

There are two groups included in the HESI/Transocean Settlements, the New Class and the Old Class (it is possible to be a member of both Classes).

The New Class will receive punitive damages associated with the Spill based on physical damages to real property and personal property and, to a lesser extent, losses related to commercial fishing, charterboat operations, and subsistence fishing or hunting during the Class Period. Most New Class members will not need to file a claim or provide any documentation to have their eligibility considered.

The Old Class consists of businesses and individuals who previously filed claims for economic losses associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil Spill through the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement (DHEPDS) Program.

A summary of Class Members’ Rights and Options can be accessed on this site. The HESI and Transocean Settlement Agreements are available for review or download. The Old and New Class Distribution Plans can also be accessed on this site.

Final Approval Granted

On February 15, 2017, the Court entered the Final Order and Judgment Granting Approval of HESI and Transocean Punitive Damages and Assigned Claims Settlement Agreements as well as the Order and Reasons approving the HESI and Transocean settlements and the proposed Old and New Class Distribution Models.

Court-Appointed Neutrals’ Settlements and Old Class Eligibility

Per the Order and Reasons, the Court will consider a payment made pursuant to the Neutrals’ process to be an “amount paid to [a] claimant by the DHEPDS Court-Supervised Settlement Program” for purposes of the DHEPDS Class Distribution Model so long as that payment was related to a claim, which, at the time of settlement and withdrawal, had not been fully and finally determined by the Settlement Program (i.e., all opportunities for Re-Review, Reconsideration and/or Appeal to the extent permissible had not been exhausted) and thus remained subject to the CSSP claims process.