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  • Adam

    If the Americans buy up the bits of BAE they don’t own already, does that mean we can finally stop subsidising them with so many billions of pounds of our taxes?

  • avatar singh

    Atleast the americans will be paying with real cash-despite the printing press-for the goods in britian unlike what the british paid(or not paid) for the real estate in the good old USA !

    Of all the immigrant groups which came over to the usa in last 350 years the most poor and wrtecthed in monetary terms were the ones from england ( so called anlogs now)-it is a fact.

  • avatar singh

    atleast americans pay for something unlike british petroleum indulging in fraud and deceit

    BP wasted no time preparing for oil spill lawsuits


    McClatchy Newspapers

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP publicly touted its expert oil clean-up response, but it quietly girded for a legal fight that could soon embroil hundreds of attorneys, span five states and last more than a decade.

    BP swiftly signed up experts who otherwise would work for plaintiffs. It shopped for top-notch legal teams. It presented volunteers, fishermen and potential workers with waivers, hoping they would sign away some of their right to sue.

    Recently, BP announced it would create a $20 billion victim-assistance fund, which could reduce court challenges.

    Robert J. McKee, an attorney with the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone, was surprised by how quickly BP hired scientists and laboratories specializing in the collection and analysis of air, sea, marsh and beach samples – evidence that’s crucial to proving damages in pollution cases.

    Five days after the April 20 blowout, McKee said, he tried to hire a scientist who’s assisted him in an ongoing 16-year environmental lawsuit in Ecuador involving Dupont.

    “It was too late. He’d already been hired by the other side,” McKee said. “If you aren’t fast enough, you get beat to the punch.”

    At the same time it was bolstering its legal team, BP was downplaying how much oil was spewing from the Deepwater Horizon well – something that lawyers say is likely to be a critical factor in both court decisions and government fines.

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