Hood: BP not denying claims, but neither is it paying promptly

BP says the company has not denied claims made for lost income from the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe, but the company’s records show 63 percent of Mississippi claims are pending without payment, Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesday.

“It is unfortunate that, despite all its promises about taking care of our residents on the Coast, BP is still holding 6,050 actionable claims,” said Hood, whose office received the claims information late last week from BP.

BP spokeswoman Margaret D. Laney said her company is committed to compensating people and businesses with losses or damage due to the spill.

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