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BP Accuses Deepwater Horizon Settlement Victims Of Taking ‘Money They Don’t Deserve’

August 27, 2013 at 7:00 am by: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Economic Terrorism

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From ThinkProgress:

Three years after the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, BP is adopting a new narrative that demonizes coastal businesses for taking advantage of the oil giant’s generosity. In an attempt to reduce the amount BP owes in a settlement for damages suffered, BP has gone with a full offense PR campaign that alleges widespread fraud.

Here is an excerpt of the full-page ads BP has taken out in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, with the intent of reaching policymakers:

Its other newspaper ads make a similar case, but cite Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue to claim there is rampant fraud. Those ads neglect to mention that BP is a member of the Chamber.
BP launched its increasingly aggressive battle against legal claims after disappointing quarterly profits of $2.7 billion. Ironically, BP is accruing a hefty legal fee for its efforts to draw out litigation.

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