"By October, Tim Nguyen found that his work in a Mississippi shipyard was no longer paying the bills. His hours had been cut back, part of the general ebb of work along the Gulf Coast after the terrible summer of BP.
Mr. Nguyen went to an office of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up to administer BP's $20 billion fund for coastal businesses and residents.
He was told he could not file a claim. A law firm he had never heard of had already filed one in his name."