Kenneth Feinberg, the claims czar charged with administering BP's $20 billion compensation fund for those seeking damages from the Gulf oil disaster, has hired a group of law firms to assist Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) offices in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. In Louisiana, representatives from Baton Rouge-based Long Law Firm LLC will assist the claims facility in eastern New Orleans, while reps from Lutcher, La.-based Hammerman & Gainer Inc. will join the Gretna office.
Earlier last month, after increased criticism that Feinberg wasn't processing claims fast enough, Feinberg announced a "quick pay" option granting a lump sum payment of $5,000 to individuals and $25,000 to businesses — provided they agree not to pursue any additional claims. To date, the GGCF has paid out more than $2.6 billion in claims — $1 billion of which have been to individuals and businesses in Louisiana. — Alex Woodward