The attorney handling damage claims from the BP oil spill is no longer in charge of deciding compensation. A federal court is taking over jurisdiction.
Kenneth Feinberg has stepped aside from his job as administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. After taking over the $20 billion fund from BP, Feinberg has overseen more than 220-thousand claims receive more than $6 billion. A federal judge presiding over a proposed settlement is handing over the damage claims process to a Virginia attorney during the transition. If the judge approves the proposed settlement approaching $8 billion dollars, the court will handle remaining claims.