Jere Beasley calls for Ken Feinberg to put hurting oil spill victims first

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August 24, 2010

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Dateline August 24, 2010 - Letter to Ken Feinberg, BP claims administrator Read the letter

Victims of BP oil spill disaster deserve clarity and fair treatment in claims process

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (August 24, 2010)  – “On behalf of the clients we represent, I wrote Ken Feinberg today and asked that he answer a number of questions concerning his role in the oil spill disaster claims process. It appears that Mr. Feinberg favors BP and other potential defendants in the protocol he has developed. I question who he is really working for?

“The folks on the coast are hurting, and they deserve fair treatment, which they certainly haven’t gotten so far from BP. Now Mr. Feinberg says he’s going to do the right thing, but at the same time he’s advising people to settle with BP and lose any future rights to seek relief from BP and the other companies that have liabilities to claimants. The victims desperately need help now, but they also must be fully protected in the future. How can BP – or Mr. Feinberg – ask them to release BP, Transocean, Halliburton, Cameron and any other entity at fault from all future responsibilities? Many claimants will have tremendous future losses and will be damaged for years.

“I am also calling for transparency from Mr. Feinberg. How is he being paid to handle claims for BP? How much has he been paid so far? What is his compensation agreement? So far, BP hasn’t shown any evidence that it’s shooting straight with the individuals, businesses and governmental entities that are suffering as a result of the gross wrongdoing by these powerful corporations. Why should victims believe Mr. Feinberg has their best interests at heart if he is cutting off their rights to a full recovery, which will include tremendous future losses? Mr. Feinberg owes the public more than just talk!”

- Jere L. Beasley, Founding Shareholder, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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