Motivations Behind the Hood/Feinberg Lawsuit

Hood states that Feinberg has repeatedly refused to turn over documents that could be examined and used to prove if the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is operating properly within the law. Hood alleges that Feinberg has failed to produce the documents that he subpoenaed in February.

Feinberg, however, says that he feels he “has been bending over backwards to help the Attorney General of Mississippi, and his staff feels the same.” He advised that he and his office have turned over the 120 claims files requested by Hood and that the claimants had authorized the information to be released. Feinberg’s office reports that they “have not heard a word” since that release of files.

Feinberg also said that he invited Hood to his Washington office over Memorial Day weekend to review claims files and see the entire process that is being used to handle the claims. Hood did not attend the meeting, but sent some of his staff to attend. Thirteen files were examined and the processes reviewed. Feinberg reports that he received no feedback regarding the meeting, and he felt that the Attorney General’s office was satisfied.

When asked, Hood advised that he filed suit based on the complaints that his office had received in the consumer protection division. He says Feinberg has not been forthcoming in turning over the requested documents, despite repeated requests from his office. He said he filed suit due to Feinberg’s failure to fully comply with the information requests.

Hood states that there are two separate actions at play: the requested files that claimants have authorized to be turned over to the Attorney General to investigate and review, and the possible violation of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.

The lawsuit was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court in Jackson, Miss., and is scheduled to be heard on Sept. 7 by Judge Denise Street Owens.

PC 360
8/22/11