Duress: Mississippi says BP is violating state law by requiring claimants to sign away their right to sue

AG: BP claims process violates law, Fox 10, February 2, 2011:

Tuesday, in a federal court filing in Louisiana, [Mississippi Attorney General Jim] Hood called out oil giant BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facilities claims process for their actions in the compensation of folks on the Gulf coast. …

The document claims that in an analysis of the GCCF’s most recent statistics, virtually no interim claims were being processed. …

What Hood is suggesting is that by withholding these payments, people are being steered toward the final payment…

His problem with this payment; you get $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a business in exchange for your signature stating releasing your rights to sue a number of involved parties in the process. Because some are financially desperate and can’t hold out for the Interim claim, they have to sign over their rights. …

The document also says making the claimants sign the release is a violation of state law which requires consent to a contract be obtained in the absence of duress.

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