Re: What's worse that oil washing up on shore? Lawyers!
Suspect there is a potential for an absolute gold mine here for the ambitious law firms. Particularly the larger ones that are practiced at class action suits. But am thinking the big money for them (the lawyers) will not come from remedial compensation for the plaintiffs. That may/will end up being a notable amount and the lawyers will get paid their fees but that ain't the pot of gold.
The big payday for the lawyers will (potentially) come from the "punitive awards". And that will depend on establishing negligence and/or criminal misconduct on the part of British Petroleum. If they can make that happen/stick then the awards really get into the RFB ("really fucking big") amounts and the law firms get to walk away with 30-40% of that RFB dollar number. Maybe billions in revenue for the firm.
As i recall, when the Union Carbide disaster happened in Bhopal India a number of years ago, the volume of US lawyers in jets that descended on the city was compared to swarms of locust....:rolleyes:
"Give a man a match, and he'll be warm for a minute. But set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."