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July 03, 2013

Lawyer Who Ran BP’s Gulf Spill Fund Under Investigation For Kickbacks

Lawyer Who Ran BP’s Gulf Spill Fund Under Investigation For Kickbacks
In April 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil being spewed into the water. Marshes, fisheries and beaches from Louisiana to Florida were fouled by the oil until a cap was placed over the blown-out well in July 2010. BP set up a compensation fund for individuals and businesses hurt by the spill and committed $20 billion. Juneau took over the processing of claims after the settlement was reached last year. His office has determined more than $3 billion in claims are eligible for payment through the settlement agreement. BP argues Barbier and Juneau misinterpreted the settlement and have allowed thousands of businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement payments for fictitious and inflated claims. BP appealed Barbier’s rulings on the issue. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear the case on Monday. Barbier said in the order that Freeh’s duties would not be confined to allegations involving the attorney, but would be a broader look at the claims settlement program. The order states that Freeh would be charged with “fact-finding as to any other possible ethical violations or other misconduct” within the settlement program. The order does not specify compensation for Freeh and his consulting company. The class-action settlement isn’t capped, but BP initially estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to resolve tens of thousands of claims by Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money. Now the London-based oil giant says it can’t reliably estimate how much the settlement will cost if the 5th Circuit doesn’t overturn Barbier’s rulings.

June 19, 2013

Paula Deen, the Butter Golem, is just super racist y'all

Not only did she make her black employees use separate bathrooms from the white employees, she intentionally hired all-black crews because they reminded her pleasantly of slavery. Way more awful details available here. Paula Deen's Dream Dinner Party Waiters: Black Slaves in White Jackets
Paula Deen was questioned for three hours regarding the $1.2 million lawsuit filed by the general manager of their Savannah restaurant last year, which alleged that Paula and her brother Bubba made black and white employees use separate bathrooms, threw the N-word around, repeatedly told racist and sexist jokes, and other shit your drunk grandpa might do at a block party. When Deen was asked if she used the N-word, she replied: "Yes, of course." Then she was asked why in the world she would say something about wanting to hire black cater waiters to pretend to be "slaves" at an old-school Southern wedding. She responded by saying that she got the idea when she was at an event with black cater waiters, and is also just generally a racist. “The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America… after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War… It was not only black men, it was black women… I would say they were slaves.”

June 15, 2013

USPS refuses to deliver mail to frat house because these bros are total dicks

"Hey our mail carrier is a black guy. Wouldn't it be funny if we had deliver an endless number of packages addressed to NIGGER FAGGOT?" No, no it would not. Joe. My. God.: USPS Suspends Service To Chicago Frat House After Racist & Homophobic "Prank"
The Postal Service has suspended mail service to the University of Chicago's Phi Delta Theta fraternity after a racist and homophobic "prank" was pulled on a mailman. Postal carrier Iran Becton said about a week after Memorial Day he had an order to deliver dozens of postal supply boxes to the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at 56th Street and University on campus. The Sun-Times Mary Mitchell reports, it took Becton six or seven trips to deliver the packages until one of the fraternity members told Becton to read the name on the order “Reggin Toggaf” backwards. Reversing the names, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.