New Orleans, LA (AP) - Lead plaintiffs attorneys in lawsuits over
the Gulf oil spill say BP is calling the shots on handling of the
$20 billion victims compensation fund and fund administrator Ken
Feinberg is doing the company's bidding.
Now they want a federal judge to step in.
They asked the judge Tuesday to order changes to the release
form people must sign if they accept a final payment from Feinberg.
The lawyers say the release should only apply to BP, and
claimants should be allowed to sue other responsible parties.
They also want claimants reminded that BP is paying Feinberg's
firm $850,000 a month to administer the fund.
BP and Feinberg did not immediately respond to requests for
comment. A Jan. 5 hearing is being sought.
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