Alabama Official Calls Feinberg a BP ‘Corporate Shill,’ WSJ Says

Kenneth Feinberg, the U.S. government’s choice to run the BP Plc-funded Gulf Coast Claims Facility, was labeled a “corporate shill” of the U.K. company by Alabama’s Attorney General Tom King, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Feinberg formally assumed his role as the facility’s administrator on Aug. 23; BP was handling damage claims on its own before his appointment, handing out $399 million to 78,000 claimants, and on his first day Feinberg’s office accepted 5,000 applications, the newspaper said.

“Mr. Feinberg seems completely tone-deaf to the concerns of people living along the Gulf Coast,” King said, while Feinberg said he “respectfully disagreed” with the criticism, the WSJ reported.

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