Via MSNBC, a report that I read this morning in Bloomberg Businessweek and might be worth your eye contact for a few moments.
The tort lawyer and the BP oil disaster.
By Ken Wells
Fri., May 28, 2010
Daniel Becnel Jr., speed dialing over a speaker phone, places a call to a lawyer for a defendant in the British Petroleum-Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill.
"This is the king of torts calling," he says when he reaches the attorney's executive assistant.
"Oh," she says. "Then it must be Danny Becnel."
Becnel, adjusting his gold-rimmed glasses, nods appreciatively from his mahogany desk strewn with an impressive pile of legal papers. It's from here, in a French colonial-style office in Reserve, La., population 10,000, that he orchestrated the filing of the first federal lawsuit eight days after the Apr. 20 blowout, and where he tracks the legal squadrons gathering to sue BP and its contractors for claims that experts say could add up to a half-a-trillion dollars or more. About 110 suits have been filed so far, according to Becnel, and dozens more appear to be on the way.