According to Mississippi Ag: BP claims process violates law(Mobile Press Register), Jim Hood has put paper behind Mississippi’s interest in a transparent, fair, and fast BP claims handling process: (h/t Y’all)
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood continued Tuesday to assault the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, saying in a federal court filing that its activities violate federal and state law and again asking the judge to intervene in the claims process…
In the filing, Hood contends that Feinberg’s process, by freezing interim payments, increases the financial hardship on claimants and makes them more likely to sign away their legal rights.
Details of Hoods allegations are summarized in the Press Register story (h/t to reporter Dan Murtaugh) and detailed in Hood’s Memorandum of Authorities in Support of Statement of Interest on Behalf of the State of Mississippi (below in scribd format).
Judge Barbier shouldn’t need reminding a similar financial hardship resulted in claimants signing away their rights following Hurricane Katrina only to discover more damage later. Nonetheless, I’ll repeat myself and say that Attorney General Hood is now Twice Right and Judge Barbier should heed the warning.
Speaking of someone who shouldn’t need reminding, John Young should know better than to make another transparent effort at revirgination – but, alas, he does not and NOLA.com reports Jefferson Parish President John Young launches whistleblower hotline:
Young said the toll-free hotline, 73-NOWAY or 736-6929, will be staffed by his security staff.
“There will be no caller ID or call tracing, so people can remain anonymous,” Young said at today’s Parish Council meeting. “This is designed to continue our zero-tolerance approach to illegal and unethical activity.”
How transparent is that when Young personally fired the whistleblower behind the need for all the reform he’s tooting? An in-house whistleblower hotline in Jefferson Parish will do little more than suck in whistles and blow off legitimate complaints. Nice try, John, but think about an truly independent hotline – for example, one that is answered with, “Hello, this is Margie”!
And, then, as if these stories of Pete and Repeat on the fence aren’t more than enough news for the day, SLABBED has learned Peytavin and Peytavin are sitting nearby, one Peytavin pumping the other. Reportedly, the two are father and son. Judge Peytavin, the father, is presiding over the litigation pending in State Court dealing with KATRINA flooding after “someone” shut down the pumps and sent the pump workers away when they were needed most. Peytavin, the attorney and son, reportedly has and/or is representing Jefferson Parish in the related negotiation and other litigation.
With a storm blowing snow and more over fences as it cuts a 2000 mile path across the country, it’s impossible to tell who’s still on and who’s fallen. Consequently, your comments are needed, particularly those with more information Peytavin and Peytavin.
In closing, we repeat yesterday’s warning of the financial disaster certain to follow the meltdown along with a reminder of Attorney General Hood’s Memorandum follows below.
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