Filing Says Kenneth Feinberg Doesn’t Need Court Oversight

Attorney representing BP spill-claims fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg says Feinberg doesn’t require court supervision to ensure victims of the oil spill disaster are compensated properly.

In a filing at New Orleans federal court, Feinberg’s attorney said the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, established to resolve claims over the BP oil spill, has paid out approximately $5 billion to victims who wanted to avoid the court system and receive instant compensation. The filing states that the fund’s accomplishments prove there is no need of court supervision.

“The GCCF has already supervised efficiently by the Coast Guard and several committees of Congress, and it has voluntarily agreed with the Department of Justice to an independent audit of the claims process,” the filing says.

The April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast, which resulted in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, had killed 11 people and injured 16 others.

Last changed: Aug 16 2011 at 7:19 AM


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