Judge OKs Hoods’ lawsuit against oil spill fund administrator

JACKSON — A federal judge has ruled that Attorney General Jim Hoods’ lawsuit against the administrator of BP’s $20-billion oil spill fund to get access to claims filed by coastal residents will be heard in state court.

Hood filed the lawsuit in Hinds County in July. The fund’s administrator, Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, tried to have the case moved to federal court.

U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, in an order issued yesterday, denied Feinberg’s motion.

Hood said he resorted to the lawsuit because his office’s attempts to get access to the documents on Mississippi claims failed. He did say BP and Feinberg have responded with some documents but not everything requested.

Hood believes Feinberg’s operation is intentionally delaying and denying legitimate claims, an allegation Feinberg has denied.

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