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November 26th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Gulf Coast claims chief: Eligibility is ‘big issue’ in deciding who gets paid

Tempers are flying again along the Gulf of Mexico after a major turning point this week in the recovery effort from the B.P. oil spill. The deadline for emergency claims ended Tuesday. The process of handing out billions of dollars in final settlements is now underway.

Today on AM, we talk to the man in charge of compensating the victims of the spill, Kenneth Feinberg, administrator, Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Watch to find out which types of the thousands of claims Feinberg thinks are eligible for a part of the change, and which may not make the cut.

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  1. Jams Levy

    All the wrong claims are being paid. Nail / tanning salons, waffle house cooks, Academy sports manager.... they all got alot of money (tens of thousands). Casino employees are being denied without their claim being reviewed. Real estate agents who lost sales for 3-4 months are being denied. There is no rhyme or reason to anything they are doing.
    This whole process is a joke. Just a shame that the people who legitimately lost revenue due to this disaster aren't getting the money they deserve.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  2. Mike Caylor

    To whom it may concern, I am a employee of the casino industry here on the coast of Mississippi. My concern is that Mr. Feinberg is stating that every claim that is sent in is being fairly evaluated. While 98% of all casino claims are being denied. Does that sound fair? Why is it that if you work at a resturaunt on the coast outside a casino, making a flat rate, no tips, you are receiving compensation. Is that fair? While we as casino employee that work for less than min wage and count on tips to survive are being denied. Is that fair? Tourism is a big ordeal here in south mississippi. We count on people to visit our casino, so that we can make our tips. South MS doesnt offer a whole lot of intertainment besides what the casinos supply. Mr. Feinberg stated that no casino has put in a claim, and that there showing profit, but what they are not saying that BP supplied the gulf coast with a advertising budget. As any business would know that advertising is one of your bigest exspenses. So if you dont have to put out that money, wouldnt you think that your bottom line would increase. Therfore showing profit !! The fact is that it comes down to why if you work for a casino you are not getting compensated for a diaster that effected our lives, that was not our fault but yet we get treated like we our nothing, like we didnt lose anything. I ask you does this sound fair MR. FEINBERG.

    November 27, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  3. Diane

    why was there nothing said about Mississippi and no one has said anything about all Casino workers being denied, he had stated that the casino's are not part of the tourest industery

    November 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  4. Regina Keebler

    This man dances around everything he is asked.I wish someone would please ask him why is it he wouldnt want to pay a waitress in a casino restaurant who has been cut down to 1 night a week and is less than 2 miles from the beach???I have provided proff of my loss wages and all I get is a "I dont show any loss" from this man. I have proved a loss but still he just lies.There is no reason at all I should not be eligible besides the fact that he is discriminating against casino workers.Its all in black and white,If fienberg was telling the truth and really reviewing these claims fairly, I would have not been denied.He is a liar. FIRE HIM!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:28 am |
  5. Amy R Sullivan

    I HATE TO PUT IT LIKE THIS, BUT THE MAN IS A LIAR!! He has not had all these claims reviewed fairly!! "It's one thing to have hotels and motels on the beaches file..." GUESS WHAT MR. FEINBERG, ALL BUT ONE CASINO HERE ON THE MS GULF COAST HAS HOTELS.. This man needs to be investigated! His "claim" workers are not on the same page when it comes to claim knowledge. If you were to call the GCCF 1-800 number and ask them questions, you will get different answers from the operators answering the calls. It also seems that the more knowledge and questions pertaining the claims process, the LESS they know!! All they tell you to do is refer to the letter that was sent in regards to your individual claim. This "claims review" process seems to be a random procedure. How can on person that works right be side you in the same building get a paid claim and "you" turn in the EXACT paper work and be denied??? How? This is because some of the lucky few put their claim in as a restaurant or hotel... If you were honest and put your claim in as a casino employee then you were denied!!!... SOMEONE REALLY NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE IN THIS SITUATION. OBVIOUSLY INTERVIEWING THE MAN IS GOING TO GET THE ANSWERS YOU WANNA HERE BUT NONE OF THIS IS HAPPENING!


    November 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  6. vicky

    Why won't he even look at the casino employee's paperwork.We had losses and can document every cent.How can a waitress get paid at a steak restaurant get paid and waitress at a seafood restaurant in a casino get nothing just because they work in a casino. most casino employees work for tips. we lost tourists and locals. our hours were cut he says because of the recession,but I only lost 4000 in 209 over 2008. but lost 5000 in June July and August. He cant say that the spill didn't have anything to do with that .My pay was way up at the beginning of the year i would have easily made more this year if it wasn't for the spill. And why won't he put the claim detail page back up if he has nothing to hide..

    November 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm |