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Don Ciaccio

Thank God BP is gone from our community. They've always had the worst track record in the industry for this type thing, as well as safety for their employees. Punishing repeat offenders like BP with huge financial penalties seems to be the only thing that works. Sad but very true.

Paul Hyatt

Well since BP is now gone and once they cases are finished I wonder who the lawyers will be feeding off of then....

MG Tex

Heck, I'd go move next door to the place if that ambulance chaser could get ME a cooll $2 MILL when I felt nausea and a headache. It's embarrasing to see so many money grabbing people wanting to win life's lottery by suing a deep pocketed corporation. Look at the society we've become ... Sad.

George Croix

Pathetic. All of it.
Take a good close look at your friends and neighbors.
If they'll act that way with a big company, they'd do it to you, too.
It's a miracle that any of us survived multiple decades of actually working, and some of us responding to real emergencies, not fabricated ones, in that refinery. If I'd listened to the armchair experts secure in the knowledge gained from their brother-in-law's cousin's barber's next door neighbor, I'd have been a cab driver. No, wait, that's more dangerous than refinery worker.
Now, how much benefit did local charities actually get from those donated cars...?

Stephanie Martin

I hope BP fights this all the way to the Supreme Court and Buzzy never sees one cent.

Paul Hyatt

Who will the vultures feed off of once they have run all of the big companies out of this area???? What is amazing is that all who hate those refineries would be sorry if they all picked up and left this area as there would be NO jobs around here.... Even the vultures would end up leaving....

Kevin Lang

IF BP did cause people injuries or illnesses, they deserve to be sued. Employing a bunch of people is no excuse for abusing the health and well-being of your surrounding community.

On the other hand, if this is a case of a bunch of lawyers thinking they can create some kind of coincidental linkage between some minor event and some people that may have got some other kind of bug at the same time, then I believe that something needs to be done to punish people for the frivilous suits.

If you do wrong, it should not matter how big or small you are, or how rich or poor, or even how popular or unpopular you are. If you're wrong, you should pay for your mistakes. However, it is also wrong to accuse someone of doing something just because they might have a bit of a problem convincing a jury they did nothing wrong.

Paul Hyatt

Key word of yours Kev was IF.... Vultures and freeloaders make a great team to sue someone even if they were not sick or injured....

Kevin Lang

Yep. "If" is one of the biggest words in the language.

My guess is that if this goes to trial, the things that will be weighed the most are the defendants attempt to vilify the plaintiff as a company that operates recklessly and with profit as their only operational guide, and the plaintiff will be trying to vilify the defendants as money-grubbing vultures. Interspersed in there from time to time will be some scientific and medical evidence. However, what the lawyers will want the jury to rule on is the dirt, not the technical evidence.

Carol Voight

I think BP has a proven track record of being reckless so this does not surprize me. I think people in this area have to fight back or these companies will just run over us with their pollutants. I don't believe in frivilous lawsuits either, but I also don't believe a large corporation should come into our community, run off half of the population with their incompetence, pollute our cities, then walk away scot free.

Jim Forsythe

Carol, so Texas City is 30,000?

Paul Hyatt

The last I checked Texas City was still growing.... I guess Carol knows something that no one else does....

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