Federal Court Grants AG Hood’s Request to Remand GCCF/Feinberg Suit to State Court November 16, 2011
Contact: Jan Schaefer
Public Information Officer
Jackson, MS–Attorney General Hood has won his request to have his subpoena enforcement action against the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and its Administrator Kenneth Feinberg heard in a state court.
The Honorable Carlton W. Reeves, United States District Judge, Southern District of Mississippi, made the ruling late yesterday. In his Order of Remand, Judge Reeves determined that the GCCF’s removal to federal court was “improper.”
“We have maintained all along that this issue belonged in a state court since we brought it under state law, and we are obviously pleased that the judge agreed with us,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “We would hope that the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg could just do the right thing by the law and comply with our subpoena.”
Attorney General Hood issued a subpoena to the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg in February 2011. On July 12, 2011, Attorney General Hood filed suit on behalf of the State of Mississippi against the GCCF and Feinberg in Hinds County Chancery Court in an effort to compel the GCCF’s compliance with the subpoena. The GCCF removed the case to federal court, and Attorney General Hood moved a short time later to remand the case to state court.
“If the GCCF has nothing to hide, why have they gone to such efforts to avoid compliance?” asks Attorney General Hood. “We intend to find out.”
Jim Hood Press Release