Due to non-payment by BP to the fisherman they owe, the disgruntled, hired lawyers to fight for their money. One attorney, Jeffrey Briet, alone, represents more than 500 fishermen who work either directly or indirectly for BP. Briet said that the payment system he set up with BP "required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning".
Briet stated, "Not only did they spring it on us that the process has changed, but the people I've been dealing with for six weeks who've done a good job said, 'We don't know what the process is going to be. We're not authorized to talk to you about it. Someone from BP will contact you.'"
It somehow seems that many people from day one of the Gulf oil spill crisis have been getting similar responses from BP when it comes to non-payment or questions about BP's intent for oil spill clean-up. When BP does not want to answer a question, they simply say, "Someone from BP will contact you." This response has become infuriating for many who know they will never be receiving any promised phone calls back from BP.
Just as expected, Briet said that he hasn't heard from BP or its lawyers since he contacted them in regards to the non-payment to the fishermen he legally represents. This has come as no surprise to anyone. Briet says, "the claims people have been given so much conflicting information about the process that they can't provide answers.They couldn't tell me. And I said, 'I've got 500 people I'm meeting on Saturday. They want to know what the process is.'" And of course, this is far from the first time that BP has either given conflicting information or no information at all. The BP company has gotten itself into such a heap of trouble, that they haven't any idea of how to dig themselves out and it's only getting worse.
Briet said that he will be meeting with the fisherman he represents today and Saturday from Moss Point and Jennings respectively, but unfortunately, he does not have any answers to give them. BP has made it clear that they will avoid this situation as long as they can. In the meantime, fisherman who have worked extremely hard because of the BP oil spill will not be getting paid and will be extremely upset by this.