Under fire, Oil spill claims chief OKs payouts

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. -- Amid mounting pressure, Gulf oil spill claims chief Ken Feinberg has promised a new round of interim payments that won't require claimants to give up their right to sue BP.

Feinberg announced the supplemental payments Tuesday after growing criticism from Alabama's state and federal officials and a Mobile Press-Register editorial calling for his firing by President Obama.

The paper's Sunday editorial said the claims process has been too slow and has left many businesses and families in dire straits. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has called it "extortion," but Feinberg said Tuesday the new round of interim payments will not require waiving the right to sue.

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