Mississippi Attorney General Hood won his request to have his subpoena enforcement action against the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and its administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, heard in a state court.
The U.S. Southern District Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled late Tuesday. In his order of remand, Reeves determined that the GCCF’s removal to federal court was "improper."
"We have maintained all along that this issue belonged in a state court since we brought it under state law, and we are obviously pleased that the judge agreed with us," Hood said in a press release. "We would hope that the GCCF and Mr. Feinberg could just do the right thing by the law and comply with our subpoena."
Hood issued a subpoena to the GCCF and Feinberg in February 2011. On July 12, 2011, Hood filed suit on behalf of the state against the GCCF and Feinberg in Hinds County Chancery Court in an effort to compel the GCCF’s compliance with the subpoena. The GCCF removed the case to federal court, and Hood moved a short time later to remand the case to state court.
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"If the GCCF has nothing to hide, why have they gone to such efforts to avoid compliance?" asks Hood. "We intend to find out."
Read more in Thursday's Sun Herald.