Each person who suffered financial harm as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill deserves full and fair compensation. That's why last week I filed a brief in the multi-district oil spill proceedings in New Orleans challenging a plan to take hundreds of millions of dollars from the individual and business claimants who have decided to pursue non-litigation recoveries through the claims process required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
In response to my objections and those made by other attorneys general and the federal government, on Thursday a federal judge reversed his decision to require a partial "holdback" of oil spill claimants' recoveries. The amended order ensures that Floridians who received compensation through the claims process do not end up picking up the tab for attorneys who never assisted them.
Claimants who followed Oil Pollution Act requirements by seeking compensation from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility without resorting to litigation should not be forced to pay for legal work from which they derived no benefit and that was performed on behalf of others. I am committed to fighting for a fair and transparent Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process.