AP110118152435When he hasn't been dealing with distraught Louisiana fishermen dropping to their knees at public forums to beg him for a check, Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) administrator Ken Feinberg has been fending off critics who allege he has too many blatant conflicts of interest to discharge his duties impartially. Feinberg has strenuously denied such charges on the frequent occasions they've surfaced. "I am beholden to neither the administration nor BP. I am entirely independent," he insisted at an August news conference. However, legal experts who've examined his work to date are begging to differ.
In a petition that plaintiffs attorneys have submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier -- the jurist presiding over the hundreds of oil spill-related lawsuits filed by victims of the disaster -- University of California law professor Geoffrey Hazard argues that all claims that the oil spill compensation fund is acting independently are "inaccurate and misleading."Read More »from Legal experts question impartiality of Feinberg, spill compensation fund