The law partner of Ken Feinberg, the Obama administration’s special master for for adjudicating economic loss claims related to the BP oil spill, today said it’s unclear who will oversee a separate $100 million fund to compensate offshore oil workers. That fund was set up alongside a $20 billion escrow fund for compensating losses directly related to the Deepwater Horizon leak.
Recent reports suggested Feinberg will adjudicate claims to the moratorium fund, as well as individuals and businesses seeking compensation from the larger fund.
Feinberg’s partner, Michael Rozen, took part today in a Loyola University forum where he addressed dozens of plaintiff attorneys from the Gulf Coast. He was uncertain whether workers impacted by the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling will be eligible to make claims through Feinberg’s independent claims facility.