Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is arguing that citizens of his state are incapable of resolving their oil spill claims, according to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth Feinberg.
“In stark contrast to the strong record of the GCCF to date in processing claims, the involvement by the Mississippi Attorney General has been, if anything, threatening to the rights and interests of claimants,” Feinberg’s lawyers wrote on April 12.
David Pitofsky of New York and William Sheehan of Washington urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to ignore a scathing brief Hood filed on April 7.
They wrote that an audit Hood proposed would delay processing nationwide.
“The work of the GCCF has brought much needed financial relief to individuals and businesses throughout the Gulf states, applying generous protocols that far exceed anything required or even contemplated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990,” they wrote.
They wrote that in the previous month, the facility received 47,230 claims.