Floridians get $37.7M from oil spill claims errors
The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State and federal officials say about 4,450 Floridians will be paid $37.7 million because of errors in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims process.
That's more than half of the $64 million total that will be paid to 7,300 people and businesses whose claims with BP's $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied.
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday that the errors were identified through an independent audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she joined her counterparts in other Gulf Coast states and the Justice Department in urging the audit.
It was agreed to by former claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg. The facility paid in excess of $6 billion to more than 220,000 claimants under Feinberg's leadership.