BP Fund Admin Wants Court Out Of $20B Claims Process

Law360, New York (April 13, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for the administrator of the $20 billion claims fund for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill argued Tuesday that the Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation against BP PLC lacked legal authority to regulate the claims process.

Over calls for court intervention by state attorneys general, Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Kenneth Feinberg’s counsel said Judge Carl Barbier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana lacked power under the Oil Pollution Act to monitor BP’s payment of short-term damages through...
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