Governor Barbour asks A.G. not to sue BP - - Jackson, MS

Governor Barbour asks A.G. not to sue BP

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour has ask Attorney General Jim Hood to not file suit against BP while the claims process is on-going. Barbour says filing suit against the oil giant is not in the best interests of Mississippi and the people on the gulf coast.

General Hood wants to sue BP on behalf of the state of Mississippi. The Governor fears a lawsuit could interrupt the payment of claims to Mississippians.

He also said litigation would benefit a handful of lawyers in the long term and Mississippians will be the big losers.

He said BP is paying claims by the thousands.

"Why should we stop that system for litigation that will take months years, its really unfair to the citizens of Mississippi who are going to be the big losers. A few trial lawyers will get rich and the average Mississippian who was hurt will not get what they deserved," according to the Governor Thursday.

Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has lashed out at Hood. The publication questions his trip to Washington in May asking Congress to rewrite federal law.

Hood wants sue gulf oil spill company's in Mississippi court. But the Journal editorial says Hood is looking for jackpot justice.

The Wall Street Journal editorial states, "as with Katrina litigation, the Pascagoula lawsuit society is hoping for the "mother of all jackpots" against big oil."

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