Troy King Consumer Alert
Troy King issues ‘consumer alert’ on spill claims process; says Feinberg works for BP
Attorney General Troy King issued a “consumer alert” about the Gulf Coast Claims Facility this morning, warning that claims administrator Ken Feinberg “works for BP” and has been misleading oil spill victims.
In the news release, King cautions Alabamians about joining the claims process, noting complaints about unpaid, underpaid and slowly paid claims made against BP PLC and other responsible parties because of the summer’s massive oil spill.
Feinberg, who was named to lead the claims process by President Barack Obama, has encouraged those affected by the spill to join the process. But King said he is not a neutral arbiter because he is paid an $850,000 monthly fee by BP.
“It is unfortunate, but clear to me, that our citizens cannot simply accept Mr. Feinberg’s words and follow his advice, trusting it to be in their best interest. In some cases, it may well not be so,” King said in the news release.
The Press-Register was unable to immediately reach Feinberg for comment.
King went on to accuse Feinberg of misrepresenting himself to spill victims regarding whether his role in the process is neutral or tilted in favor of the oil giant.
“I am deeply concerned that people may be misled by statements that claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg has made, which quite frankly, are simply not true,” the statement said.