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Feinberg Can’t Do Public Job, Take Secret Pay

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23. November 2010

Feinberg Can’t Do Public Job, Take Secret Pay

The deadline for submitting claims to the $20 billion BP oil spill compensation fund is midnight Tuesday. The wrangling over payouts will go on, perhaps for years. Yet the administrator of the fund, Kenneth Feinberg, stubbornly refuses to say how much he’s being paid by the oil company, eroding the trust of frustrated claimants and […]

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Oil Spill Commission Abandons Common Sense

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17. November 2010

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Oil Spill Commission Abandons Common Sense

How could an expert lawyer, after scores of interviews, find no evidence that corporate cost-cutting wasn’t a factor in decisions that led to the BP well explosion? Apparently it wasn’t hard for the corporate attorney heading the federal investigation, whose own history includes representing oil and chemical companies. Yet his bosses see no conflict of interest.

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Press Release

Group Calls on Obama To Remove Oil Panel’s Chief Lawyer for Conflict of Interest After Commission Refuses

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17. November 2010

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Consumer Watchdog NEWS RELEASE Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 Contact: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0075 Washington, D.C. — Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to remove the general counsel to the national Oil Spill Commission after the commission itself refused to either dismiss him or investigate his apparent conflicts of interest, including his […]

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Spill Commission Defends Its Top Lawyer

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16. November 2010

The panel named by President Obama to investigate the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout on Tuesday rejected a call by a consumer activist group for the resignation of its chief counsel, Fred H. Bartlit Jr. The group, Consumer Watchdog, said that the panel should dismiss Mr. Bartlit because his law firm, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, once represented Halliburton, one of the companies involved in drilling the BP well.

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BP Cost-Cutting Was a Culture, Not a Set of Rules

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9. November 2010

BP Cost-Cutting Was a Culture, Not a Set of Rules

Monday’s statement by a White House commission was a head-snapper. BP cost-cutting not at fault for the Gulf spill? Say what? But a closer look at the words of the commission’s general counsel says something else: That the commission’s investigation is so constricted it will never point to BP’s ferocious cost-cutting.

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