Feinberg says oil spill claimants can get interim payments and still sue BP


TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg says Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims can keep getting periodic interim payments for the next 3 years without giving up their right to sue BP.

Feinberg said in a meeting with Florida officials today that he’ll offer that choice as an alternative taking a final award and giving up the right to sue after the Nov. 23 deadline for filing temporary, emergency claims.

Feinberg also reiterated that he’ll allow claims from places untouched by oil but said distance will be a factor in calculating the amount of those damages.

Most parts of Florida had no oil but still lost business because tourists stayed away due to misperceptions or fears of what might happen.

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