NU Online News Service, Aug. 23, 1:12 p.m. EDT

Plaintiffs’ lawyers criticized the Gulf oil spill claims facility, stating that the rules for emergency payments through the facility limit the future liability of companies deemed responsible for the disaster.

Gibson Vance, president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), said the final protocols for emergency payments under the Gulf Coast Claims Facility may require waiving future rights to hold corporations other than BP accountable, even if they bear responsibility for this disaster.

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