Oil & Water – Exxon Valdez still mucking up the waters..

by alphamonkey on February 28, 2008 · 3 comments

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Exxon ValdezYesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments in the now 18 year old class-action suit against Exxon for it’s culpability in the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Exxon long ago lost the class-action suit, but they’ve been fighting having to pay out the 2.5 billion dollars in putative damages that were awarded to the plaintiffs. Exxon’s reasoning seems to hinge on the fact that, having paid 3.4 billion in clean-up costs, they should have to pay out to the 32,000 class-action participants (20 percent of which have died since the filing).

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick writes up the arguments presented (which you can read in their entirety here), and what struck me was the repeated point that, having violated company policy by drinking on the job, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood can’t be considered an agent (managerial or otherwise) for Exxon thereby nullifying Exxon’s culpability or responsibility in paying out to the devastated towns affected by the spill. That seems ridiculous to me, as it was Exxon’s malfeasance in not removing Halzelwood prior to the spill (discovery showed that he had a history of drinking on the job and that Exxon was aware of that fact) that lead, directly or not, to the spill itself.

Of course, Exxon’s claims of ‘oh, we’ve done so much’ seem rather foolish considering that the corporation generates 2.5 billion in revenue EVERY THREE WEEKS.

Read Dahlia Lithwick’s summation here

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  • Armageddon T. Thunderbird

    It’s all just numbers to these assholes. If you can stall paying several billion by paying some of your asshole buddy attorneys a few million a year, well, the numbers tell you that you would be irresponsible to not do it. The fact that the attorneys might even keep you from having to pay at all, ultimately, is just gravy.

    Corporate entities tend to be psychopathic. Exxon is a poster child.

  • Saint Nightwalker

    And Armageddon T. Thunderbird provides yet more proof that 99.99999999999999999% of Genx/GenY are mongloid ‘tards who don’t know shit about the real world and in fact drift through the real world in some sicko bizzaro universe of their own deviant devising.

    Claiming as Thunderbird does, that “corporate entities tend to be psychopatheic” shows just how far down the mongloid ‘tard scale Thunderbird is. Those entities are made up of people and if they were as Thunderbord claims all psychopathetic, then the companies would have gone bankrupt and destroyed themselves decades ago. That this hasn’t happened proves what a mongloid ‘tard Thunderbird and their Genx/GenY ilk are truly like, which is to say gutter scum.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I’m beginning to think your marathon knuckle-baby sessions with Death/Delirum fanfic have seriously damaged the oxygen flow to your brain.

    A.T.T. was referencing a study that looked at corporations (which being legal entities enjoying a status of semi-personhood) and then stacked a corporation’s given behaviors against human norms using psychological tests. Corporate behavior was found to lean more than a little uncomfortably towards the strict definition of psychopathy.

    Stop being such a dipshit.

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