Mississippi's Jim Hood meets with Eric Holder

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - State attorneys general from the Gulf Coast including Mississippi's Jim Hood are meeting with U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder Tuesday in New Orleans to address the oil leak.

Seven on Your Side caught up with Hood at Southern Miss Tuesday morning to discuss the meeting. He said he spoke to Congress last week encouraging them to pass legislation that will allow individual states to file any lawsuits that arise due to the spill in state court.

Attorney General Hood says he does not want spill related lawsuits to go before a federal judge in Houston, a plan he says is in keeping with BP and Transoceans's legal strategy.

Hood said he met with the Department of Justice informing them of his preference and he plans to also address those concerns with Holder.

"We are working to keep our strategies together, all of our states as well as the federal government. I'm interested in their thoughts on how we hold BP responsible and the other companies as well. Whether it's civil or criminal," said Hood.

He said Mississippi agencies have been doing research on coastal areas, so they can determine what the after effects of the spill are to clarify legal damages the state may seek.

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