In our continuing episode of Magnum J.D. Baldwin v Costner Day 2: There’s no business like show business…..

Today I’ll highlight some of the main stream media reporting on the trial and I am going to draw a sharp line and differentiate the reporting. First up though we need to examine what got everyone into Judge Feldman’s courtroom, one that is very plaintiff unfriendly if said plaintiff is an individual suing an insurance company.

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I was tempted to sign into my wiki account and add the words “and National Media” because they made this lawsuit in a way back in 2010 by giving Costner huge amounts of free publicity when he showed up on the Gulf Coast like a fly circling a fresh cow pie after the oil spill. Notice I used the term “publicity” instead of “news” because the reporting was uncritical and 100% derived from controlled tests of Costner’s centrifuge technology, which were not previously commercially viable and was not used to any effect in the 2010 oil spill.

Simply put we had a ring side seat here at Slabbed when we highlighted the threatened lawsuit against Frank Levy on June 17, 2010 that was mentioned in so many of yesterday’s media reports on the civil suit. It was obvious to any local with half a brain this was the oil spill equivalent to a stock market pump and dump. But the media had stars in their eyes and made the Costner inspired scam “news” without a critical, second thought.

So we had the ridiculous specter of Kevin Costner sitting before a congressional committee telling them to make BP buy his centrifuge with our own Magnum JD seated squarely behind him. It takes political connections to score a seat as a witness before congress promoting a for profit  business and we exposed those connections too with the political beneficiaries including Bobby Jindal, Mary Landrieu and Billy Nungesser.

The bottom line is the average Joe aka the 99% were sold out about every way possible during the spill with BP footing almost all the bill. The saga of Bull Durham and his BS centrifuge is but one such illustration of that.

So how is the media covering the trial?  Channel 4 had a reporter there and he stayed to the narrow set of allegations in the suit itself.  Time magazine put the suit in their Celebrity section exhibiting the original mindset of the media then covering the oil spill.  Madison Grey’s report has a good bit more detail than Scott Satchfield’s but TeeVee news is all about the short segment.  Hopefully Grey sticks around for the whole trial.

Michael Kunzelman’s AP report was the source for the rest of the media coverage that I could find with a quick google and it is the most extensive trial coverage of the lot as all the reports picked up on Costner Attorney bell cow line of the day:

“Kevin Costner is here for one reason and one reason only: He’s famous,” Lee said in opening statements.

Indeed it was for the same reason Costner’s centrifuge was crammed down BP’s throat after the right people were cut in.

Finally Judy Barrasso’s appearance for Magnum’s buddy Francisco Valobra reminded me of her prior interactions with Judge Feldman in certain Allstate litigation.  I personally do not care which set of washed up actors win this case because the whole lot of ’em are filthy, greed driven hogs but should a certain judge pass threats of criminal action to induce a settlement, my unsolicited recommendation would be to call the bluff provided nothing illegal has occurred.


7 thoughts on “In our continuing episode of Magnum J.D. Baldwin v Costner Day 2: There’s no business like show business…..”

  1. the fact that not one media source has picked up on the shakedown that occurred here is maddening. the GOP hand-waving after BHO’s “chicago style shakedown” of BP was nowhere to be found while this scam was taking place. not only that, these political pigs came out of the woodwork to pose behind costner for his dog and pony show. this would make for a great frontline story.

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  2. Shouldn’t Feldman’s statements( wants Costner and Baldwin in court for 2 weeks) and about possible criminal action tell us he is on to possible political influence peddling and the background of some of the plaintiffs, particularly Contogouris, who also formed local political connections via the Chehardy Law Firm via their legal representation(officers) in the incorporation of Ocean Therapy Solutions.

    Again how about another serving a la carte of an eye opening civil trial which led to ordering a much sweeter dessert(i.e.criminal indictments of Meffert/ St. Pierre.)

  3. Some consider Magnum’s law firm nothing more than a secretive division of the Chehardy Ellis Sherman firm. I wonder if those two firm were ever on the other side of each other in a legal dispute……now that would be interesting stuff (too see of course their legal strategies against each other in diligently representing their respective clients).

    1. That makes sense and does not conflict my understanding which indicates GHW is a conduit for ca$h as we previously illustrated.

      The Lawrence Chehardy aspect of this has been under reported. If the rumors have any legs whats coming will make what we know now seem like kid stuff.


  4. amazing that slabbed is the only outlet that has reported on this case. the whole story is unreal. the part where magnum busts patrick smith for trying to steal the BP payment and then getting smith to buy the mansion on st charles made me OMG and LOL.

    1. I heard Smith was on the stand yesterday. I’m shaking the tree to get substantive material for a day 2 recap post. I noted no story from the AP or anyone else in my cursory google search this morning.

      And yes this is amazing. We’re getting traffic from across the country on this case as a result. I wish I could be in that courtroom live tweeting the whole case. 🙂


  5. Thought the $1m down payment for Mag’s crib came from a personal loan from Ole Spyridon Contogouis.

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