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Attorney General Strange Lauds District Court Order in Oil Spill Case

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From the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange

(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange today praised United States District Judge Carl Barbier’s order clarifying what type of claims resulting from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill would be exempt from an assessment of attorneys’ fees.  “I am extremely pleased with the district court’s order, which ensures that Alabamians who endured the GCCF process will receive 100% of their settlements,” said General Strange.

Among the claims held to be exempt from a 6% “hold back” to fund plaintiffs attorneys’ work are settlements between private citizens and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and recoveries by the State of Alabama for clean-up costs and damages to natural resources.  Last Friday, AG Strange had asked the court to exempt private citizens who settled with the GCCF from paying attorneys’ fees.

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