Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mayor pleased with judge's ruling on claims czar |

Mayor pleased with judge's ruling on claims czar "Mayor pleased with judge's ruling on claims czar"

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011, 8:51 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011, 8:49 PM CST

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama (WALA) - The news that Ken Feinberg must not claim independence from BP was music to Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon’s ears.
Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that claim Czar Ken Feinberg was not independent of BP and he must stop telling claimants that he is.

Kennon said this ruling validates everything they have been saying.

“We do not consider Mr. Feinberg independent of BP. We do not consider his actions in our best interest, the claimants best interest and we do not consider him an advocate as he says he is for the claimants and we see no way he could follow through on BP’s promises to make us whole,” said Kennon.

The judge also said that Fienberg must make it clear to claimants that he is acting on behalf of BP in all of his communications.

Kennon said this is a big step in the right direction.

“At this point and based on this judges ruling the White House needs to recalculate Mr. Feinberg as the administrator and look at some other checks and balances to make sure that the process becomes fair because as it stands now, its not fair,” said Kennon.

Possibly, the next step will be to look further into controversial topics in the claims conversation

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