Judge asked to intervene in BP claims process
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks the court to take several steps to make sure people applying for claims are being communicated with truthfully, and that Feinberg and the claims centers aren’t violating the Oil Pollution Act.
In a press release, Jindal and Caldwell said victims who want the final payments from the fund should not have to give up the right to sue companies responsible for the oil spill.
At a press conference in Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal said that Louisiana residents make up 40 percent of all claimants and most do not have lawyers to help them navigate the claims process.
“Tens of thousands of our citizens are virtually on their own when it comes to navigating the complex, and often times repetitive and inaccurate, claims system set up by BP and Ken Feinberg,” Jindal said.
More than 634 miles of the Louisiana coast was impacted with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, according to a press release from the governor’s office.