Miss. AG wants court to control claims process

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a Louisiana federal judge overseeing oil-spill litigation against BP to take an oversight role over the $20 billion spill-claims fund run by Kenneth Feinberg.

Hood’s office says the documents were filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Hood says in a statement that he asked U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to take control in order “to correct the deficiencies” in the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process.

Hood says BP has failed to fulfill its obligations to compensate the individual and business claimants injured as a result of the oil spill.

Hood has contended that letters from attorneys general in the Gulf Coast states to BP and Feinberg have been ignored.