DEEP POCKETS FOR RHODE
By Chuck Wells
You remember the recent night
club fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people? Well, the dust
has barely settled and the lawyers are coming out of the wall
trying to sue anyone they can find.
Boston Attorney James Harrington is whining that he can’t find
any “deep pockets” to sue and victims may only receive $250,000.
Ronald Resmini, a Providence lawyer representing two people
injured, lamented that they will probably get “more tears than
It appears that the town of West Warwick, because their building
inspectors did not condemn the building as unsafe, may be on the
hook for this. The town has only $4 million of insurance and
there will be over $1 billion in claims.
However, some more enterprising attorneys are looking to sue
Anheuser-Busch for sponsoring the event, the radio station that
promoted the event, the band, the manufacturer of the
pyrotechnics which started the fire, the manufacturer of the
soundproofing material that caught fire, the architects of the
building, and maybe God. Of course, any money paid out will be
from insurance companies and that will be reflected in higher
The lawyers say they are upset not because their cut of the
proceeds will be so small, but “the only way you’ll find a
deterrent to the behavior and mistakes that allowed this to
happen is to find someone culpable.” It’s admirable that they
want to just right the wrongs of the world without consideration
ASBESTOS LAWSUITS TOO
While we are talking about lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court,
said that anyone exposed to asbestos on the job can sue even if
they do not yet have cancer and may never develop the disease.
Justice Ruth Bader (can I pull my hair back tighter) Ginsburg
said that just the exposure to asbestos “must necessarily have a
most depressing effect upon the injured person.” In other words,
if you get nervous or depressed about something, it is ok to sue
even if you are not injured. Only in America.
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