It looks like Team Bull may have stiffed the folks at Baker Donelson for big money defending Bull against the Baldwins but first a song:
You lifers know where to look but for those catching up, click generally here and specifically here for Slabbed’s prior coverage of this never ending saga. Click the pic to nab the partially sealed complaint for damages against Patrick Smith and others including entities owned at least partially by Bull Durham himself.
That’s right folks Bull Durham is headed back to the coast with his band to play the at the Sun and Sand Mississippi Film & Music Festival. Now Bull isn’t the only one full of it as event organizers are promising to draw 200,000 attendees to South Mississippi for the festivities but it is a nice thought.
Kate Magandy has the story for the Sun Herald for those interested in Bull’s latest project after fleecing BP with those bogus centrifuges he promised would solve the oil spill that didn’t. Along those lines Slabbed was able to obtain a partial playlist of Costner and his band’s gig as follows:
Knock three times on the centrifuge if you want me
Folks Slabbed loves to get its information from low places and indeed I count among my best sources the infamous gutter wino of Lafayette Square. That said sometimes it takes time to debrief the cleaning ladies etc but I finally got a first hand account of Magnum’s testimony in Baldwin v Costner that I was able to confirm and I wanted to give everyone a flavor for what went down on the stand in Baldwin v Costner with Magnum in the middle:
Folks in today’s update of the trial in Judge Feldman’s courtroom Bull Durham was on the stand last week and me thinks the pressure is getting to Costner, who could not read his testimony from a script like he did before Congress back in 2010. Here are a few snippets from 2 AP stories filed on the topic the the first of which detailed Bull’s testimony from last Thursday:
Actor Kevin Costner says he was heartbroken as he watched millions of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that he headed to New Orleans to see whether cleanup devices he helped develop could aid the recovery effort. Costner, who has been sued in a multimillion-dollar business dispute involving the devices, told jurors he was nervous. “My name is at stake,” he said.
Indeed it is as we’d all be disappointed if Bull is perceived as anything other than full of BS because that is all we saw back in 2010 when he showed up in this area like a fly on shit after the oil spill peddling useless centrifuge technology as a cure all for the Macondo well blowout. Bull has an interesting self concept of his contribution to combating the spill:
“I’m not just a celebrity,” Costner said during testimony. “I’m not just a person who opens doors.”
In a June 8 text from Smith to Ted Skokos, an investor who ultimately bought out Contogorous’ shares in OTS, Smith wrote: “We had an amazing meeting with BP. We r on line. I have a buyout agreement from the partner we want out being drafted today.”
On June 10, Metairie, La., attorney Daniel Grigsby drafted the contract between BP and OTS for 32 centrifuges.
Smith testified that the order from BP for centrifuges was still “conditional,” as of June 10. The next day, June 11, Contogorous effectively sold his shares in OTS in a document Grigsby drafted.
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.
Gullibility is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. It is closely related to credulity, which is the tendency to believe unlikely propositions that are unsupported by evidence.
Classes of people especially vulnerable to exploitation due to gullibility include children, the elderly, and the developmentally disabled
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.
And Slabbed has literally covered this whole sorry affair of a bunch of washed up Hollywood actors cashing in on the worst environmental disaster in this nation’s history with hocus pocus technology that did nothing beyond stuff money into the pockets of self serving politicians from day 1.
The suit itself has finally crossed into the traditional media and frankly the reporting I’ve seen to this point is as devoid of useful information as the original real time reporting on Costner and his machine, which BP never used to fight the spill.
That said and in case there are media members that want to catch up this recently filed court doc is a great place to start along with Slabbed’s prior coverage.
Folks last night’s latest from Baldwin v Costner made me and a couple of lifers nostalgic for Slabbed’s previous coverage of the shakedown of BP by Kevin Costner and others that ended up stuffing money into the pockets of several notable area politicians. Let’s review:
The existence of this agreement to make a deposit of $18,201,000 was concealed from plaintiffs until well over a month after the sale of their interests.4 These facts were disclosed to Contogouris in July, 2010 by John Houghtaling in an effort to induce Contogouris to loan Houghtaling $1 million to purchase a home located at 4717 St. Charles Avenue.