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And Robin bond is with us now on Philadelphia and that -- nearly ten times already attorney -- workplace.
Expert to help us figure out.
One bit legal implications are here -- my first question to you is it get it done too quickly.
Are we like you know -- -- so quick to say -- but -- you're suing for.
Well you certainly don't know what are your damages are going to be right now because -- take a long time to manifest themselves.
From an employee perspective and thinking of all the thousands of employees that are out there trying to clean up this disaster and contractor contract workers National Guard workers.
-- if they are exposed to toxic chemicals if they become -- could take a long time for damages to manifest themselves.
So yeah I don't wanna -- -- scenario likely to be settling before you even know all the damages that you've been -- And as you know lawyers always make people sign a release agreement so I'll pay you money but -- I do.
And paying -- a certain sum of money which you agree not to sue me for anything else related to this disaster.
I guess that's -- my point is.
You're being hired to clean up and oil spill.
So you would expect that you're going to be breathing -- Some toxic fumes -- do you understand what I'm -- it seems like you would expect that hey this a very dangerous occupation you might get sick doing and it's.
A yes certainly as and that's why.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has very stringent.
Safety rules and requirements that employers have to follow to keep workers safe especially when they're engaged in dangerous activities.
And you oil rig workers.
That's consider -- most dangerous jobs there than exists.
So people like Transocean and Halliburton and Cameron in BP the defendants in this case.
All have to abide by work world and in the negligence lawsuits that we're seeing this is one of the big questions as more of these rigs.
Compliant with all the required safety standards or were they not -- if they were missing something that other rigs have.
Then you have negligence or gross negligence liability and potentially even.
Criminal homicide liability under the Department of Justice investigation.
And we know this could go on for years we know that there's Exxon Valdez cases that it would just settled you know months ago so this I'll go on for ever right.
Well at some of these twenty years ago twenty years of -- that and and there are so there's a reason for that because clearly the longer that that suits remain unsettled the longer the company holds -- -- its money.
They try and tire out the people that are suing them to try and turn the tide of public opinion by PR blitz says their -- -- You know people forget about it twenty years some very long time and there's a real low litigation strategy and the corporations part to make all of us forget about this is possible.
Which is why we're very grateful for an independent media who won't fall for PR but will go out there and investigate the truth and stick to the truth.
And screen up all the PR blitz.
Robin we have about a 130 lawsuits so far.
Be in -- that are pending on the cement Amber's gonna go way up what what's your thought on the total.
Liability that BP will have live throughout this entire thing is that if we heard this morning six -- seven billion to me if it's six or seven -- -- -- -- -- tomorrow handed over and say please go away.
Please -- -- actually got to divert their -- six billion dollar today and profits worldwide and they're drilling effort itself.
You know I really can't even begin to put a number -- it because.
How do what if all the oyster ring.
Goes away and the fisherman go away and all these restaurants who rely upon that says -- and the seafood cat guided anymore.
And people -- entire industry and how do you and to -- to put a price thought that.
You know it's very hard for us to know right now the billions and billions of dollars but I'm sure you the latest series taking this case.
Are not gonna put a number on it anytime soon.
But that actually -- you know I had that part of the question.
In my head this morning how do you sue you know restaurants -- for lack of for lost business and betting against that -- you know I mean well we know they would've had a -- tourist season but yet.
We're coming out with a lawsuit.
Well the it's called a superseding intervening -- you know -- you have the fact that.
Because of this oil spill yet there's an oil pollution control act to and that -- -- act says.
If you discharge oil and -- and applicable waters and it's shorelines you're responsible for all the damages that instill as a rock salt you're negligent act.
So they're suing under a theory that the law permits -- to -- sports recover lost damages.
And if you're no longer able to fix the Gulf of Mexico waters that you're not able to get this you're not able to serve the restaurant so you know they've got a pretty good it -- -- there.
You know there are -- being filed against BP there's suits being filed against Transocean that's the other part of it is still yet to find a definitive.
Faults don't we before we can actually figure out who needs to pay what.
Oh yes and it's going to be who's responsible -- guys doing the drag the guy who did this and mentioning the -- had to shut off valves have placed the guy who created this that -- the other part.
And to all these defendants.
Are going to be pointing fingers at each other to say -- we weren't negligent but someone else's negligence.
Dollar safety shut -- self could've prevented this entire.
I'm in the course of discovery of these lawsuits will find that out we'll find out whether people talked about using the safety -- what they rejected it.
For cost reasons.
Or for other reasons but we're also going to look at what other.
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