Skip to comments.In Alabama, lawyers are running TV ads claiming they can get you BP Gulf oil spill settlement money
Posted on 03/04/2013 5:00:56 PM PST by FoxPro
They are stating in these ads that (and I am paraphrasing, but very close) "You don't have to be directly impacted by the oil spill to be compensated".
Is this not just soliciting for general theft?
What is kind of disturbing is that they are so "up front" about it.
So every time I put gas in my car, I have to pay for this?
As a business owner I am getting lots of contacts from lawyers. 3 or 4 just the last week.
The parasitic class known as trial attorneys knows no ethical nor moral boundary.
Seven months after hosting a private $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in The Dominion, nationally recognized plaintiff’s lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart Mikal C. Watts finds himself under federal investigation over the legitimacy of his client list in a case stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Earlier this month, Secret Service agents, who not only protect the president but investigate cases of fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft, served search warrants at Watts’ two law offices on the Northwest Side, the San Antonio Express-News has confirmed with federal officials and Watts’ attorney.
Federal officials confirmed the raids, but won’t discuss the scope or the timetable of the probe, including when it began.
It’s an ongoing investigation, said Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman in Washington, D.C.
Records reviewed by the Express-News indicate the probe is centered in Jackson, Miss., and is related to claims against BP and a compensation fund stemming from the oil company’s Macondo well and Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
We can’t comment because it’s an ongoing criminal investigation, said John Dowdy, chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi. No charges have been filed at this time.
Through his lawyer, Watts denied any wrongdoing.
Mikal Watts is an honorable man, said his lawyer, Mike McCrum. He has been serving and helping victims of tragedies for many years. Everything he has done in the BP litigation has been in good faith and with good intentions. I’m honored to represent him and his family.
Watts is a plaintiff’s lawyer with a brass-knuckle reputation in the courtroom.
He’s also a Democratic kingmaker, having contributed and raised thousands for candidates for the bench, mayor, City Council, the Legislature, governor, Congress and the White House.
In July 2012, he hosted a fundraiser for Democrats at the Convention Center that drew more than 1,200 people who paid $250 each for a chance to see Obama.
That gala occurred before Watts and 75 guests including Mayor Julián Castro, U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, former Mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and actress Eva Longoria gathered at Watts’ home in the Dominion for a private fundraiser held in his gymnasium.
It wasn’t clear Tuesday whether the president knew of the investigation during his visit, but a previous newspaper story indicates complaints had been levied with authorities since 2011, at least a year before Obama’s visit, when the president presented Watts with a birthday cake.
A message was left with the White House press secretary Tuesday followed by an email requesting comment. The request has gone unanswered.
As first reported by the New York Times in 2011, Watts previously has been accused of discrepancies in the litigation against BP as he made his way onto the plaintiffs steering committee, an exclusive group of lawyers appointed to manage their side of the litigation.
Lawyers on such committees typically reap a financial bonanza for their efforts.
A large list of clients can help secure a seat on the committee, but his client list came under question, with discrepancies about Vietnamese people in the Gulf region who say they never hired his firm, according to the Times report.
Some maintained they never signed up with any lawyer, but found claims had been filed on their behalf, the Times reported.
Others along the coast said they had handed over financial records to people who promised them quick and free financial assistance, only to discover later that they actually had hired a lawyer. Still others told the Times they were misled into signing up for a lawyer by being told they were applying for medical assistance.
Former Louisiana law student Felix Cao told the Express-News he didn’t have any a claim, yet was targeted by mass mailings from the Watts firm, which claims it obtained a retainer from him.
They're pathetic pieces of excrement........
the guy is nothing more than another poverty pimp..........
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Here in Michigan they run Ford Focus ads that say you can drive from the capitol to the Mackinaw bridge on one tank of gas.
What they don’t say is that you can do the same (and considerably more) in virtually any car built in the last 20 years.
Up here in Ohio we get lawyer ads saying they can get you Social Security disability. Time to tar and feather a few lawyers.
The Charles Pittman commercials in Huntsville are just about the cheesiest I have ever seen. There used to be a pony tailed divorce/bankruptcy attorney in Foley whose telephone number spelled out “divorce” and billboard advertisements featured an open ball and chain.
There is an attorney’s office here in Jupiter (EAST coast of FL) with a spray painted plywood sign outside her office that says “File BP Claims Here”.
How can a country of 3% of the world population and 96% of the world’s lawyers hope to prosper?
Q. How many attorney jokes are there?
A. 4. The rest are true stories.
but seriously, it's that 99% of scumbag attorneys that give the 1% of good ones a bad rep.