He says he has received more support than he expected from the trial lawyers — the fund is designed to supplant many individual lawsuits — and from most gulf state politicians. The exceptions are Alabama’s outgoing governor, Bob Riley, who has called Mr. Feinberg’s program “extortion,” and the outgoing state attorney general, Troy King, who issued a “consumer alert” warning that Mr. Feinberg “works for BP.”

On Sunday, the Mobile Press-Register responded, inviting the editorial boards of the Times and Post to “come to see for themselves the misery, frustrations, and fears of the people entangled in the oil-spill claims process”:

Having seen for themselves the anguish on the Gulf Coast, editorial writers could then see that Mr. Feinberg’s numbers do not tell the stories of individual businesses that have received a fraction of what they’re owed.

Many claimants are still wondering: Will the check ever arrive? If so, when? Will we get what we asked for, or more, or only a fraction? Was my denial among the mistakes? If so, when will it be corrected?

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