Ditlow To Feinberg: Seek More Claimants, Speed Up Processing

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Per a suggestion by Center for Auto Safety’s executive directory, Clarence Ditlow, attorney Kenneth Feinberg may seek claimants for the compensation plan set up by General Motors in the wake of the February 2014 ignition switch recall by pouring trhough regulators’ files.

Bloomberg reports Feinberg has taken the suggestion “under advisement,” wanting to be sure “the notice program and… outreach efforts reach the right people.” However, another suggestion by Ditlow — to speed up claim processing — has been passed over:

We have processed every single claim that has been submitted to us with documentation. All remaining claims –- in the hundreds -– have absolutely no documentation whatsoever.

Thus far, over 800 claims out of 1,851 received since August have been processed, with 67 found eligible for payout under the compensation plan’s protocol. Thirty-two fatalities linked to the ignition switch recall have been confirmed thus far, with 150 currently under review.

As for Ditlow’s letter to Feinberg, he says the plan, which has $600 million reserved for payouts, could become a “public relations ploy” for GM unless Feinberg et al do everything in their power to find victims, going so far as to contact all who filed a claim and employ investigators to go through policy reports linked to vehicles affected by the recall.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • BklynPete BklynPete on Nov 13, 2014

    Clarence Ditlow: Giving Pencil-Necked Geeks A Bad Rep Since 1970

  • Petezeiss Petezeiss on Nov 13, 2014

    Anyone who *could* be a pencil-necked geek *is* one. I was never smart enough.

  • Ect Ect on Nov 13, 2014

    "pouring through regulators' files"? It presents an interesting image, but I think you meant to write "poring".