GULF SHORES, Alabama (WALA) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King says he's tired of, what hecall, "BP's broken promises." That's why he filed two lawsuits,seeking unspecified economic and punitive damages.
BP's actions are different from its advertising. That'saccording to Attorney General Troy King.
King says while BP is spending millions on print ads andairtime, it's not spending what it should on claims.
"BP said that this was their disaster and they would acceptresponsibility for it. Yet thousands wait while their claims arebacked up in the system, " said King in a written statement.
Leaders in Orange Beach say they have been left out in the darkabout King's plans. They didn't find out about the suituntil Friday morning.
"We don't have enough information on the lawsuit that actuallyhas been filed to make an educated opinion. So hopefully we willget more data, peruse it, and be able to have an opinion," saidcity administrator Ken Grimes.
However, next door in Gulf Shores, Mayor Robert Craft says hedoesn't want anything to do with the lawsuit.
Craft believes the action might impact further discussions withclaims processor Kenneth Feinberg.
"I don't understand how that could conflict with therelationship with Mr. Feinberg, but I have a feeling that it wouldbe negative. And unless I knew for sure that it wouldn't, that issomething we would not consider," said Craft.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit is going through the legal process whileBP's commercials are still airing.
Leaders in both cities say they are not planning individual lawsuits.And Fox Ten News was told that King filed the lawsuits against thewishes of Governor Bob Riley.
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