Kenneth Feinburg, YOU ARE FIRED!
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Feinberg Rozen, LLP
Mr. Kenneth Feinberg
780 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017-2024
January 10, 2011
Where as you were given, by the power of the President of the United States, who, as an elected official, is hired by the American people, the responsibility to oversee the $20 billion dollar compensation fund concerning citizens, families and businesses affected by the 2010 Deepwater Oil Catastrophe and have failed in your ability to do so in an honorable, productive, effective, responsible, coherent, consistent or intelligent way.
KENNETH FEINBURG, YOU ARE FIRED!
Grounds for your dismissal are as follows:
Compensation paid to your law firm, Feinberg Rozen LLP in the amount $850,000 per month by British Petroleum, added to the fact that you have refused to comment as to personal compensation, indicates that you are not an independent or unbiased third party who should be trusted to administer this fund, which will, without question, dictate our collective futures as Gulf Coast Residents.
And that you have previously stated that you would not pay close heed to documentation, yet have required us, at every turn to re-file documentation which had previously been filed under BP's claims process, as well as demanding more documentation before compensation could even be considered.
And that though your facility has received more than 468,000 claims, according to Bloomberg on 12/28/10, it has only paid out $2.6 billion to 167,940 claimants.
And that you had the unmitigated gall to say, on Bloomberg Television, that only half of the $20 billion fund would suffice, before taking into account our true and full environmental, industrial and human health impact from this castrophe.
And that you have been unable to process fair and consistent claim amounts, for both large and small entities.
And that under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the 90 day period for BP to honor a claim began to run when a claimant first submitted its claim to BP, and by law cannot be reset by GCCF; that, again under OPA, a claimant is entitled to make a claim of a certain amount, and any acceptance of a lesser amount does not preclude the claimant from pursuing future recovery for any unrecovered amount with the NPFC or through litigation, which means that the requirement that a claimant sign a general release of all rights and claims is contrary to the law. And yet, you require for final payment a release of all future damages, which are yet to be seen in this matter.
And that under the OPA, any Advanced Emergency payments do not equate to Interim Payments, as suggested.
In addition, the law states claimants are entitled to interest on late payments by GCCF, and that it does not require that a claimant show proximate cause in order to recover damages and yet the basis of your payouts have been, as you have stated, based on proximity to the event.
And that, once again under the OPA, as an agent of BP, the GCCF is not in a position to advise a potential claimant whether or not to file a claim, or the amount of the claim filed.
And that you stated, at a town hall meeting in Mississippi, No more. Blame me, dont blame BP anymore, and you asked us to wait and see if you had delivered on your promise.. You, sir have not! You sir, as requested in your own words, are fully to blame for our continued economic, mental and phyiscal distress.
You, sir, have been found to be untrustworthy and unethical in regard to your sincere promise to protect our collective best interests.
We respectfully demand that you turn in all items associated with your position, please clean out your desk, pack your belongings and return to your home. Your services are no longer needed in the Gulf states.
GULF COAST CITIZENS & BEYOND