Gulf oil spill fund administrator wants lawsuit moved from Mississippi court to federal court

JACKSON, Miss. — The administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill fund wants a federal court to preside over a lawsuit, instead of the state court where the suit was filed.

Attorney General Jim Hood has said Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg isn’t properly handling the fund for oil spill victims. Hood filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court in July to get access to claims filed by coastal residents. Hood says he wants to make the claims process more transparent.

Fienberg moved last week to have the case sent to federal court. Feinberg argues, among other things, that federal court has jurisdiction because the spill originated on the Outer Continental Shelf.

AP
8/15/11