The decision Wednesday to resume claims payments to coastal residents and businesses harmed by the BP oil spill was applauded by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who thanked Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Ken Feinberg for quickly resolving a legal dispute that had halted payments, reports the News Service of Florida. “Mr. Feinberg has made the right decision to resume oil spill claim payments and not further delay the claims process,” Bondi said in a statement. “Individuals who suffered financial losses due to the oil spill deserve to receive fair compensation quickly.” On Tuesday, Feinberg froze payments from the $20 billion fund following a Dec. 28 federal court ruling in Louisiana involving attorney fees. The court opinion was clarified Wednesday, prompting the CCCF to resume payments. Legal battles over the payment of attorney fees continue between the company, Gulf states, claimants and attorneys who represent them.
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