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Court takes over oil spill claims

  Environmental  -   POSTED: 2012/03/08 17:14

A federal judge has signed off on a transition process that relieves Kenneth Feinberg of his duties as administrator of BP's $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday's order by U.S District Judge Carl Barbier calls for a court-supervised administrator to take over the claims process from the Feinberg-led Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

The move is part of a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement between BP and plaintiffs' attorneys representing more than 100,000 individuals and businesses.

The judge appointed Lynn Greer, a Richmond, Virginia-based attorney, to fill in for Feinberg during the transition. Patrick Juneau, a Lafayette-based attorney, will take over for Greer and serve as the court-appointed administrator for economic loss claims if the judge gives preliminary approval to the settlement.

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