U.S. Judge: Spill Claims Czar Not Independent of BP

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - A federal judge says the embattled administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not independent from BP and he must stop telling potential claimants that he is.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in a ruling late Wednesday that he is ordering BP, claims czar Ken Feinberg and any of their agents to change the way they communicate with people seeking money from the fund.

Barbier says Feinberg must clearly disclose in all communications that he is acting for and on behalf of BP in fulfilling its obligations as the responsible party under the Oil Pollution Act.

Barbier stopped short of ordering changes to a release form people who accept final payments from the fund must sign. He asked lawyers to submit additional briefs to the court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by not a bush fan Location: leon on Feb 3, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    BUSH? ok that does it for me.
  • by jimmy Location: wakulla on Feb 3, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    I bet bp still has 15 billion left.
  • by x-oilman Location: louisiana on Feb 3, 2011 at 01:19 PM
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    b floyd,you are right,he was appointed by bush for 911,and he was a complete incompetant idiot then,so why do we keep appointing incompetant idiots when we already know their track record.That's what makes it so bad that obammy appointed him for this.So yes,this IS like the fox guarding the henhouse.What part do you not understand?
  • by Chief Location: Seattle on Feb 3, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Everyone should have known Fienberg was dirty when he had the people damaged by the spill sign a waiver for future claims while there are still people being damaged by the spill. People made desperate by the spill will sign anything to pay their bills. All of those waivers should be voided by the courts.
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Feb 3, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    This guy was supposed to be independent of The govt and BP and he is neither, that's why it's not working out. Some democrats seem to forget the US govt got 20 billion instantly...The democrats are trying to hold onto their newly acquired slush fund. By your statement, he handed out monies to families of 911 under Bush, so now he's handing it out under obama, and it's not working...imagine that.
  • by b floyd Location: North Palm Beach,fl on Feb 3, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    People are so cynical this guy was appointed by Pres. Bush to deal the 911 families when they were being comphensated,so now he's a fox in the hen house.Why is every political or the fault of THE president?Take off those tinted glasses you're wearing,and open your mind to simply have an open mind.The good of the people on the Gulf Coast.
  • by IReadyou Location: Tallahassee on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    Fineberg is a shill for the industry just as he was for the airlines following 9-11. Bush appointed him after 9-11 to keep lawsuits from destroying the airline industry because they were responsible for security before 9-11. With BP, Obama appointed him because of his success for the Airlines. He views his role to protect the industry and he will screw people to get it done. On the other hand, a lot of false claims have been filed by fraudsters. Each claim has to be dealt with fairly and intelligently to achieve a proper outcome. Fineberg wants to bundle people into categories and then dismiss classes of claims, treat some fairly, and pay other claimants very richly as he did with 9-11 claims. The ones he treats fairly are higlighted on BP paid for TV commercials where the recipient touts their gentle generous treatment as if all were treated that way. Midway customers at the county fair will recognize the technique. Thank the Judge for a ruling reflecting a bit of reality.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    so,the fox is in the hen house? what else is new.put it to the little man whom did nothing wrong but GIANT BP still wants ALL THE MONEY. go figure
  • by Chief Location: Seattle on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:21 PM
    Only the blind couldn't see Finberg was representing BP. I gusess if people don't know how dirty Obama is they might have thought Finberg represented the people damaged by the spill.
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