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Sarasota Businesses Could Qualify for BP Spill Settlement Money

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
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Sarasota litigation attorney, William Robertson, from Kirk Pinkerton law firm, recently asked Jaensch Immigration Law Firm to notify its clients that owners of businesses in Florida during 2010 could be eligible for BP oil spill settlement money under a new class action law suit.  The settlement agreement that was just preliminarily approved uses a mathematical formula to determine if the business owner qualifies for damages based on gross monthly revenue before, during and after the oil spill.  The relevant monthly revenue numbers that need to be reviewed by an accountant for a claim would be January 2007-December 2011.

Based on the location of the principal business address (different percentages apply to different areas), if the business owner had a dip in income during any three consecutive months (when averaged) from May  2010 through December 2010 compared to the same months in prior years (the owner gets to choose the benchmark from the  2007-2009 avg, 2008-2009 avg, or 2009) and then an increase in income over those same months in 2011 then the owner may qualify for damages.  If the owner qualifies, then there are different criteria for damages.

Mr. Robertson advises that business owners who may be interested should have their monthly financial records reviewed by an accountant.  He has offered a free consultation to any business owner or individual who thinks they may have suffered a financial loss during that timeframe in order to determine whether they may have a claim.  Cases that are accepted, will be accepted on a “contingency fee” basis meaning that there will be no attorneys fees owed unless there is a settlement paid from the class action fund.

Our law firm plans to take advantage of his offer.  For more information, email Mr. Robertson at (and listen in to “Let’s talk law” with Bill Robertson every Friday from 4 to 5 on WSRQ Sarasota talk radio 106.9 FM 1220 AM).

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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