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Oil Spill Litigation A Sure Thing - BP Damage Control Just Gets Worse

I don't know about you but the truth is I don't know who to believe about the cause or the severity of this colossal oil spill. We all know its bad but  just how bad is not clear. Is there a plume or isn't there a plume?  The more news I read and hear the more confused I get. Will the finger-pointing ever stop? The truth is we -  you and I -  and all of us who continue to remain addicted to the black drug in the ground are as responsible as BP. But,  I will save that rant for another day. What I find most interesting is the battle to control the media information. This news -  hot off the press  www.cnbc -----> BP has purchased the search terms "oil spill" "volunteer" and "claims" from Google for an undisclosed amount. Since more people get their news from the internet then the newspapers, guess what? When the innocent news junkie (like me) does a search they will be directed to BP's site where they can give you their spin.  This is after the President chided them yesterday for spending $50 million on TV advertising. Its been said many times but bears repeating, big corporations like BP have only one agenda and have more money then the news networks that would hold them accountable. $50 million on TV to spread their story or $50 million to influence a political campaign (see my previous blog on Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission). It all about the spin.  As trial lawyers we will do what me must to protect all those little guys whose lives will be completely changed. We can only wonder what voodoo BP will try in order  to avoid their responsiblity?  Perhaps, bankruptcy or merger? One thing is for sure - it's times like these that Americans can feel good about our system of justice. The worse man-made disaster in history occurred in India about 30 years ago when a  Dow Chemical pesticide plant leaked poisonous gas that killed 8,000 people outright, and a total as high as 30,000 people. What did they pay in civil penalties? About $400 million. Thats it, $400 million for the lives of 30,000 people and the untold suffering of thousand of others. Dow settled quickly before the smoke had settled and thus avoided billions in additional liability. Be sure of one thing - that will not happen here. Dennis F Feeley

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