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Miss. AG Sues Ken Feinberg for Oil Spill Claims Information

Posted Jul 13, 2011 8:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a court to force Ken Feinberg to turn over records regarding BP oil spill claims for Gulf Coast residents who sought help from the state.

Hood claims Feinberg, who oversees the claims process, failed to fully comply with a subpoena for information, the Mobile Press-Register reports. Some documents have been released, Hood said in court papers, but he needs additional material to review the claims operation for possible violations of state consumer protection law.

"All they have managed to do is delay, deny, deceive and dissemble,” Hood said in a statement. Besides seeking individual claimant information, Hood wants compensation agreements for the claims operation, communications with experts about payment formulas, and correspondence between the claims facility and BP or the federal government.

Feinberg told the Press-Register in an email that he gave Hood’s office about 125 claims files and “we have not heard a work back from General Hood on these claims.”

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