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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Structural Conflict of Interest in Feinberg's BP-Claims Disbursement Office

A year after the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, only $4 billion of the $20 billion fund alloted by BP had been paid to claimants. Out of 800,000 claims submitted, two-thirds had been processed.  That is to say, two-thirds of the claims translates into 20% of the available funds. It appears that Ken Feinberg, the lawyer tasked with administering the funds, was being too stingy.

The full essay is at Institutional Conflicts of Interest, available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.