Lawsuit filed against BP claims facility

POSTED: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 6:58pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:47am

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is taking legal action against the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and its administrator, Kenneth Feinberg.

Hood announced the state has formally filed a petition in Hinds County Court demanding Feinberg turn over documents pertaining to oil spill claims from Mississippi residents.

Hood says the facility refuses to release documents as the state continues its investigation into the BP claims process, and thinks there's reason to believe Feinberg may be violating the Consumer Protection Act.

Hood's office issued a subpoena back in February to the facility, which Hood says was never responded to.

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BP will not face claims under states law but under maritime law. The states can sue for punitive damages and negligence as well as product liability. The states law was preempted by the law governing the Outer Continental Shelf, therefore state environmental laws and penalties were excluded. Gulf Coast Claims Facility

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