We are concerned about the businesses and people that might be losing their homes and their livelihoods as well as the chemicals having a detrimental effect on their health, safety and well being.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) June 15, 2010
Michael Freedland, Anthony Russo and Dan Harwin announced today that they are preparing to take on oil giant BP on behalf of business owners and residents of the Panhandle, South Florida and the Florida Keys. With the oil now reaching the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Russo says it’s time. “Business owners and residents are both scared and ill prepared. They have lived through numerous hurricanes and rebuilt but the impact this disaster could have is beyond the imagination,” said Russo. It’s been reported that BP has offered residents $5,000.00 cash but in return they had to sign a release stating that they wouldn’t file suit. “That’s pathetic, when you think about it” Michael Freedland said. “Some of these good people’s businesses and property will be devalued and those whose livelihood is made via beaches, fishing and water sports will be all but non-existent. So $5,000.00 is a slap in the face,” said Freedland.
The now famous oil spill that President Obama dubbed “an assault on our shores” is in its 56th day with no end in sight. British Petroleum has made numerous attempts to plug the leak but all have met with failure. More recently, they sought to saw a piece of the damaged pipe off. After the blade got stuck for a short time, they were able to place a cap on the leak. However, the live camera feed 5,000 feet beneath the sea shows oil continuing to gush at an alarming rate and makes many in the affected areas feel helpless. It is now considered the worst oil spill in U.S. History.
Michael Freedland says he’s sure that people will use the spill for political fodder but he says he will leave that to the politicians to debate. “We are concerned about the businesses and people that might be losing their homes and their livelihoods as well as the chemicals having a detrimental effect on their health, safety and well being,” said Freedland. According to the duo, they recently opened an office in the Florida Keys where clients have already begun to retain them. Now, they have been retained by clients throughout the Panhandle and the Florida Keys, and will make their presence felt there.
Freedland and Russo are no strangers to taking on big companies. In 2009, they settled a whistleblower lawsuit with pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly for $1.4 Billion (Civil Action #03943). It was the first settlement of its kind to exceed $1 Billion. Just as recent as this past January, they were involoed in another whistleblower case against AstraZeneca, who paid $520 million to resolve the government’s suit against them for off-lable marketing of the popular anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel (Civil Action #04-3479; US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania). To date, Freedland Russo has been instrumental in governmental whistleblower suits that have recovered in excess of $2.5 billion to the government and states of the US.
“Filing these suits won’t be easy, and at some point when the suits get contentious, BP will no doubt push back hard, but we are in this for the long haul,” stated Russo. “We know what it takes to stay the course and we are committed to see this through,” Freedland added. Analysts are now reporting the price tag for the oil spill is over $40 Billion and growing daily. (http://www.lanewsmonitor.com/news/Gulf-Oil-Spill-Update--BP-Frees-Saw-Blade-As-Fix-Attempt-Continues-1275583582/)
About Freedland Russo:
Freedland Russo is a law firm committed to assisting and fighting for consumers in the United States who have suffered social injustices at the hands of individuals, large corporations, and insurance companies. The firm lawyers are renowned for handling complex cases involving matters of medical malpractice, pharmaceutical liability, automobile liability, wrongful death, and whistleblower cases. Freedland Russo is based in Weston, Florida. For more information log on to http://www.freedlandrusso.com or call 888.254.7066