• How BP Got Screwed on Gulf Oil Spill Claims

    Until this year, Tampa attorney Kevin McLean specialized in suing nursing homes for neglecting patients. In January he switched the focus of his practice to a fund BP established to compensate business losses from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In its attempt to dilute a legal and public-relations mess of epic proportions, BP began paying claims within weeks of the disaster and has so far spent more than $25 billion for cleanup and compensation. That hasn’t stemmed demands for more. The installation last year of a particularly generous claims administrator prompted scores of additional plaintiffs’ attorneys to swarm onto the scene, signing up a new wave of clients, many located far from the once-sullied shoreline.

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  • America’s Shameful Shakedown of BP

    When BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded with devastating force three years ago, the tragedy did more than kill 11 unfortunate crew members who were on board at the time. The resulting oil spill blighted the environment and damaged people’s livelihoods around the whole of the Gulf of Mexico. BP has a clear obligation to make this right. This does not, however, amount to a licence for a corporate shakedown.

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