In this episode of Magnum JD – A not-much-class class action filed against BP by Magnum associate Eric O’Bell

Well, ringy, dingy, dingy! Bum steer and Bum Deal rang a reader’s O’Bell about the bum move by Magnum’s firm “of counsel” Eric O’Bell – a class action suit filed a few weeks before Magnum sealed his deal with BP.

O’Bell filed Greenfield et al v. BP p.l.c. et al on June 8, 2010 in U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District Louisiana, where the case was assigned to Federal District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt. On the Complaint, O’Bell signed the Complaint on behalf of “The Law Offices of Eric O’Bell…Attorneys for the Plaintiffs”. After finding no documentation for “The Law Offices of Eric O’Bell”, I found Eric J. O’Bell, L.L.C  and double-checked the Complaint to be certain the word “Attorneys” appears in the plural. It does.

Also on the Complaint are Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, a New York firm and “Attorneys for the Plaintiffs” and David M. Foster, P.C., of Farmington Hills, Michigan, “Attorneys for Plaintiff Alan R. Higgs”  (Complaint in scribd format below)

On the 11th, Magnum told WWL that BP had ordered 32 of the devices he and his partner Kevin Costner were selling for use in the Gulf of Mexico; however, other sources indicate the contract was signed a week or so later.

The obvious conflict between Magnum super-sales job and the class action filed by O’Bell, like the oil spill itself, created a sticky situation Continue reading “In this episode of Magnum JD – A not-much-class class action filed against BP by Magnum associate Eric O’Bell”

"The failure is complete" Part 3 – Coast resident acts to keep oil off land!

After reading The Failure is Complete Part 2, I found this follow-up to Sop’s post on the  law comic’s Scribble Beach

With thanks to the law comic from the “slicked and slabbed” of the Gulf states, you’ll find why we haven’t seen our “big oil”-loving- former-veep Dick Cheney on the beach below the jump. Continue reading “"The failure is complete" Part 3 – Coast resident acts to keep oil off land!”

Obama to appeal "who dat' Judge" Feldman's ruling – POTUS v Katrina's don't-know-wind-from-water 5th Circuit "who dem" BP-stock-owning judges

“We will immediately appeal to the 5th circuit the president strongly believes as the Department of Interior and the Department of Justice argued yesterday that continuing to drill at these depths without knowing what happened does not make any sense and… potentially puts the safety of those on the rigs and the environment in the Gulf at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford right now,” said spokesman Robert Gibbs during Tuesday’s briefing.

Y’all come on down, Mr. President,  and sample some of Judge Edith’s home cooking.

 

The chief judge is one Edith Jones, who received international notoriety a few years back when she ruled that a fellow named Calvin Burdine, convicted of murder and sentenced to death row, received a fair trial even though his court appointed lawyer slept through a good bit of the trial. A sleeping attorney didn’t’ seem to bother Jones, who wrote in upholding the conviction that “we cannot determine whether the defense counsel slept during a critical stage of Burdine’s trial.” So, according to Jones, it’s OK to nap a bit during a trial if you are representing a defendant who could be (and in this case was) given the death penalty. Just pick and choose when you doze off.

Jones was nominated by President Reagan and joined the Court in 1985.  SLABBED examined the “absurdity of Judge Jones’ reasoning” a year ago; so no one should be surprised to see BP stock listed in her financial disclosure report (shown below). Continue reading “Obama to appeal "who dat' Judge" Feldman's ruling – POTUS v Katrina's don't-know-wind-from-water 5th Circuit "who dem" BP-stock-owning judges”

Katrina's "who dat Judge Martin Feldman" now dabbling in oil!

He’s back! None other than “who dat Judge Martin Feldman” is about to streamline and steamroll us again.  Times Picayune reporter Rebecca Mowbray has the story:

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman said today that he will decide on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the six-month deepwater drilling moratorium by noon Wednesday.

After a hearing in federal court this morning, Feldman said he hopes to have his decision ready by noon Tuesday if possible.

The hearing was part of a lawsuit seeking to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium on an expedited basis, despite an effort by the federal government for a delay until the end of July, two months into the six-month shutdown.

Feldman, “a true blue outcome-oriented judicial activist who led the law where he wanted it to go” in Katrina litigation, definitely knows where he’s going with the decision he will make in this case.  Anyone doubting the outcome need only to look at his Financial Disclosure Report:
Continue reading “Katrina's "who dat Judge Martin Feldman" now dabbling in oil!”

"Big Insurance" and "Big Oil" undermine tax base — "Big Cuts" loom for public education of the "small people"

Mr. Rogers Couldn’t “Make Believe” this NeighborhoodGulfport’s School Superintendent asking for tax increase…”…Gulfport Schools Superintendent Glen East…has had to chop more than $5.3 million from next year’s budget…The biggest chunk comes from salaries.  All 400 teachers in the district could get a $3,000 cut in their local supplement…” ‘All 1,800 employees will suffer from budget cuts’ warns school superintendent…”[Harrison County School District Superintendent Henry] Arledge has already delivered the dire news to some of his employees. “Principals of schools will lose 20 days of pay from their pay check for next year. Assistant principals might be moved to another position.  Lead teachers might be put back in the classroom …” NAACP president talks to Biloxi leaders about closing Nichols Elem...Nichols is one of three schools Biloxi city leaders have decided to close because of budget constraints.

Much of what Katrina didn’t destroy, was lost to the uncertainty of  “Big Insurance”.  The BaySt. Louis – Waveland School District introduces the story:

As we look to fiscal/school year 2010-2011: enrollment is still down 699 students from pre-Katrina enrollment.  A loss of $1, 894, 193.00 is equal to the 669 students we are still down in enrollment.

However, the reduced enrollment is not just reflected in the associated reduction in State funding.  The 699 fewer students also reflect the number of families who no longer own homes in the district and an associated reduction in the property tax revenue that provides the base funding for public education.

By the time “Big Oil” rolled in, education leadership had figured that out and we turn to School Officials May Seek Oil Spill Compensation for the rest of the story: Continue reading “"Big Insurance" and "Big Oil" undermine tax base — "Big Cuts" loom for public education of the "small people"”

Sunday night entertainment from the Editilla to the SLABBED

Our thanks to the Editilla of the Ladder for Sunday night’s entertainment.

Call a hurricane a weather event.
Call this Black Water a man-made catastrophe.
But, let not such destruction stand in the way of a great parody.

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Pass it on: "A Thoroughly Enjoyable and Inexpensive Way to Help Those Injured by the Gulf Oil Spill"

Chip Merlin’s “pass along post” offers  A Thoroughly Enjoyable and Inexpensive Way to Help Those Injured by the Gulf Oil Spill

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, and Tim Robbins recorded a version of The New Orleans Mardi Gras classic, It Ain’t My Fault, by Joseph Smokey Johnson and Wardell Joseph Quezergue, updating some of the lyrics for the Gulf Aid concert:

Oil and water don’t mix,
Petroleum don’t go with no fish,
Awww, it ain’t my fault

BP big pimpin’,
Big pile of bad presses,
Billionaire point pressure,
Awww, it ain’t my fault….

The track is available on iTunes for less than a dollar, and all the proceeds will benefit fishermen and those who work in seafood restaurants, whose lives and work have been affected indefinitely by the oil spill.

Enjoy the video:

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"…if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office"

“I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize. . .I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, [it is] subject to some sort of political pressure that, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown.”

Mollie Ivins must have had Texas Congressman Joe Barton in mind as he not only can’t “vote against ’em”, he apologized to ’em – proving [once again] “…politics in Texas – finest form of free entertainment ever invented”.

Nola.com reported, “Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas is issuing an apology — of sorts — about his apology to oil company BP“:

Barton had complained at a hearing earlier today that the Obama administration was forcing BP to set up a $20 billion “slush fund” for oil spill victims. Barton said he was ashamed of the White House’s actions — and he apologized to BP. Vice President Joe Biden called those remarks “outrageous.”

Hours after making the comments, Barton said his remarks had been “misconstrued.” He said, “I want to apologize for that misconstruction”…

For a reaction from our friends in Texas, I went to Kiss My Big Blue Butt and discovered Juanita Jean was back in the beauty shop reporting Republicans: The Party of Apology:

Our good friend Eclair put this in the comment section, but with all the comments about Joe Barton, I was afraid you’d miss it and be deprived of a great Friday treat.

Head on over here to see what else Old Whore Joe Barton has promised. Once you get there, hit refresh to get another one. Continue reading “"…if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office"”