Ex-Gulf oil spill claims czar to run Boston Marathon victims’ fund

Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who previously ran the compensation fund for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will head up a fund for victims of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Feinberg, who also ran the compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is a native of Brockton, Mass., a suburb of Boston.

Feinberg was replaced as the Gulf oil spill claims czar by Lafayette, La. attorney Patrick Juneau, who is administering a multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between victims of the spill and BP.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have said Feinberg will be administrator of The One Fund Boston, established to collect and distribute donations to victims of the Marathon blasts that killed three people and injured for than 260.

The fund has already reportedly received millions of dollars in donations. Feinberg has said publicly he plans to begin distributing the money June 30.

Feinberg said in an email Friday to FuelFix that there will be town hall meetings in Boston next week.

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