What is actually paid out INTO THE HANDS OF THE VICTIMS AND NOT THE FUND ESTABLISHED may be less.
In the Fascist States of America Judges can award the sun, the moon, and the starts to victims of senseless oil spills and mortgage felonies – with great headline opportunities “for the People” on behalf of the Neo-Democratic party – but the amount actually paid out by the offending oligarch can be vastly less. For instance, in some cases maybe people die of old age waiting to receive the damages, or they somehow otherwise failed to comply with a claims process that may include, but isn’t necessarily limited to, rules, policies, time deadlines, procedures, and “satisfactory” documentation requirements. In other words, Good luck.
Court Ordered Awards come with stipulations.
What we are seeing is criminal gamesmanship of the Judicial System by politically powerful Corporations in order to minimize their operating costs. That should be no surprise to anybody.
So in addition to Court Ordered Awards for damages in situations involving the Fossil Fuel Industry and Wall Street, not only is the amount awarded ridiculously, absurdly, shamelessly small but the amount actually paid out may be in fact less than the amount you read about in the news. And what do you think happens, after a predetermined while, to “undisbursed” award amounts? You know, those monies still in the "fund that was established for the purpose of managing claims by parties." That’s right,….they find their way back to BP or the offending firm on Wall Street. That's a headline you don’t hear about.
Read “Vultures’ Picnic” and do NOT let Obama slide on merely crafting headlines suggesting that justice is being done.
Remember this is America.