David Pitofsky, Feinberg’s attorney, stated yesterday in a court filing it is their belief the GCCF already has adequate oversight so there is no need for the court to order any additional supervision, “The GCCF is already effectively supervised by the Coast Guard and several committees of Congress, and it has voluntarily agreed with the Department of Justice to an independent audit of the claims process,” Pitofsky said in the filing.
Yes, but this citizen would simply say the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
But first, let’s take a look at Feinberg’s friends:
The Coast Guard, while an admirable institution, seemed to really go out of their way to do the bidding of British Petroleum throughout this entire disaster. BP, Ken, that same company you seem to really hate admitting is your employer.
Congress, the only things Congress can agree on is how much they hate the other side of the aisle, a hatred eclipsed only by their apparent hatred of any legislation that might protect anything but their own ass. Environmental regulations, environmental oversight or the oversight of the GCCF, not really up there on their list of priorities, not when there is an entire nation of poor people they can willfully screw over. Ken, in their eyes, you’re small potatoes.
As far as this audit you and US Attorney General Eric Holder came up with, while I applaud its idea, I question its method, simply because it was something you and he agreed to behind closed doors and we still don’t know its range and/or scope, nor do we know if its findings will have any teeth beyond making things uncomfortable for you, Ken, for maybe a news cycle, before you go back to business as usual.
So, those are your friends. That is the oversight you have agreed to, and that is the oversight you and your lawyers say is enough.
With this oversight in place, we already have complaints from across the Gulf Coast how the GCCF isn’t doing its job, leaving too many claimants behind, from health claims to subsistence claims to interim claims…from a low-balling of final claim offers to coercion through financial desperation into accepting said offers or the many, many quick claim offers you’ve already paid out, all while signing away any rights to future compensation.
You say: not enough documentation, no causal evidence of health maladies, and the offers are fair…and that is all you say, except maybe the occasional caveat or apology, with no resulting correction of what you apologized for. And again, this is with the oversight you already have. So why do many across the Gulf Coast think you need more? Well, beyond everything stated above, because the enemy of my enemy is my friend, or in other words:
When it comes to oversight you haven’t agreed to, you need more precisely because you think you do have enough.
Read the article:
BP Spill Fund Doesn’t Need Oversight, Administrator Says
Have a nice day.
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More F*** You from Feinberg on GCCF site today: http://www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com/methodology_B
They don’t need oversight? They “accepted” my covenant not to sue July 20. August 17 and I still don’t have a check. 14 days my ass. I have called the toll free number, research specialist, my claims specialist and been to my local office. Every time I call I have been told my paper work is all good, nothing on my end that is wrong. They act surprised that a check has not been released yet. But all they can say is it should be released by next week. So they have my promise not to sue and I have nothing. I know most of us hate attorneys, but I swear I wish I had went to one when GCCF first sent me the determination letter, offering the quick pay amount. I have absolutely no way or person to contact to find out what the hold up is, get lied to everyday, and they have my promise not to sue.
Hell no, Feinberg & gang don’t need oversight.
Unfortunately, yours is a story heard too often…
Took a look at Feinberg’s new rules…on first glance, it sure looks like a way to #1. Continue to force people away from interim payments and into final payments so they sign the waiver not to sue, #2. Help ensure that BP doesn’t have to pay for continued resistance to the purchase of Gulf seafood..IE that 5% growth rate. Hard to grow when nobody buys your product and finally #3. The unemployment average is 22 weeks? Really? Does that take into account the people who have stopped looking…another way to screw the unemployed…especially when an entire industry and culture has been shaken like it has in the Gulf.
No, Feinberg certainly needs no oversight whatsoever…