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The Dirty

October 20, 2010 by USA Post 

The Dirty, In June, President Obama tapped attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, 64, to oversee 20 billion and is funded by BP to compensate victims of oil spill along the Gulf Coast, becoming the most famous mediator of the nation.

Each week, Feinberg out of his Pennsylvania Avenue office, where the walls are adorned with dozens of photographs and newspaper articles chronicling his work, spending time with fishermen and others who make a living out of coastal waters.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, the native of Brockton, Massachusetts, who also oversaw the government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, spoke about the task that involves emergency payments and passes the request to make payments final victims. Extracts of the following:

Have you ever met one-on-one with people who were affected by the spill?

I’ve sat with hundreds of people personally. I have had town hall meetings throughout the Gulf, with thousands of people. You can not do this from Washington. You have to go there, and that’s what I’ve been doing.

Why loans skyrocketed in the last two weeks?

People are paying. Payments are generous. People are saying: “We will file a complaint, you may be charged too.” We do not know yet how many of them are legitimate.

What problems are you experiencing with the processing demands of an emergency?

There are 25,000 claims without any documentation. Thousands of them say things like, “My neighbor paid;. Pay me too” Or they say: “I fish off the Gulf of eating. Me grocery money.” There are 50,000 of them woefully inadequate documentation.

What was wrong with the argument centers BP? Why do you need to be replaced by its operation?

The argument centers BP to its purpose. It was an emergency bandage approach. Sometimes going to the right people, at some point went to the wrong people. I know of situations in which they paid the people who were in dire straits. I’ve seen in many cases, BP paid the claimants and payments appears to be fraudulent.

When it comes to late payments, which is advising people to take the money. Some are suspicious of whether you are looking for your interest, and that BP is paying his company [Rozen Feinberg LLP] and 850,000 per month to run the program. What do you say?

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