Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More on the finding that Feinberg is not neutral in BP oil spill case

About a month ago, I reported that a federal judge ruled that it was misleading for Ken Feinberg to call himself "neutral" or "independent" in administering BP's $20 billion oil spill victim compensation fund. See here. As a result, the website for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility now states the Feinberg is acting "for and on behalf of BP."

According to an updated in the Legal Ethics Forum, the website now states "The Gulf Coast Claims Facility ("GCCF") is the official way for Individuals and Businesses to file claims for costs and damages incurred as a result of the oil discharges due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident on April 20, 2010 ("the Spill"). The GCCF is administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg ("the Claims Administrator"), who is responsible for all decisions relating to the administration and processing of claims submitted to the GCCF. Mr. Feinberg and the GCCF are acting for and on behalf of BP Exploration Production Inc. in fulfilling BP's statutory obligations as a responsible party under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990."

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