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Mississippi AG Sues Feinberg

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg. Hood is seeking to force Feinberg to hand over documents related to claims filed by coastal residents. Andrew Schneider has more.

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Attorney General Hood is seeking the documentation to answer complaints lodged by Mississippi coastal residents that the process by which BP is settling claims from last year’s Gulf oil spill lacks transparency and consistency. 

“The main complaint people have is they just don’t get any answers.  You know, they file all the documents, and then they’ll come back and they request that they file more documents, and then they’ll come back and ask for more documents, and it never ends. And many times the documents they request don’t even apply to their business.”

Hood has spent nearly five months negotiating with Feinberg for access to the documents. Feinberg has repeatedly held off providing the information, citing concerns for the privacy of the claimants. But Hood says that, even after obtaining waivers from hundreds of coastal residents authorizing the release of their information to the Attorney General’s office, the BP fund administrator still is not handing over the complete files.

 “As twenty years as a prosecutor, I get suspicious when people don’t want independent parties reviewing their records.”

Feinberg had no immediate comment, other than to say, “Our lawyers will respond in the ordinary course.”

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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