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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