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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Valdez Plaintiffs Launch "Whole Truth" Campaign in Advance of Punitives Argument

A group of plaintiffs in the still-going-and-going-and-going litigation against Exxon for the massive damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill has launched The Whole Truth website (warning! starts talking at you without warning!). The site is part of what seems to be an effort to keep the damage clear in the public eye and to, one assumes, try to justify the punitive damages awarded and at issue before the Supreme Court later this month.

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BC,
You got it - The Whole Truth campaign is all about corporate accountability, and to end Exxon's quest to escape responsibility. It's time for justice to be served!

For the record, it is not 'Valdez plaintiffs' launching this campaign - the campaign team is based in Cordova.

Thanks,
Rochelle

Posted by: Rochelle van den Broek | Feb 7, 2008 6:29:39 PM

Rochelle:

Thanks for the comment.

I read the press release (referring to the site as supporting the people suing Exxon) as meaning that it's the plaintiffs. I see now that I misunderstood the meaning.

Bill

Posted by: Bill Childs | Feb 8, 2008 4:43:07 AM

BC:
I don't know how the supreme court justices work so forgive me for my ignorance...my question is:Before the arguments on Feb 27 will the justices be aware about this campaign or they have no acces to news like this one?

Posted by: Tom | Feb 8, 2008 7:42:14 AM

Bill -
The campaign was crafted by two key organizations in Prince William Sound (the site of the spill). Cordova District Fishermen United (a membership organization that represents over 1000 commercial fishermen in Prince William Sound) and the Prince William Soundkeeper - both organizations are located in Cordova. The campaign IS supporting the plaintiffs. We have a large population of plaintiffs in Cordova, and a very strong unified message. The Whole Truth campaign represents all of the victims of the EVOS (Exxon Valdez oil spill) and anyone who cares about corporate accountability and clean water.
Rochelle

Posted by: Rochelle van den Broek | Feb 8, 2008 10:18:55 AM

Tom,

Here's what the environmental lawyer who is on our campaign team has to say about your question:
"The court is supposed to be insulated from political influence which is why we can't write letters directly to the court. In reality though we all know that the justices read the newspapers, watch TV and surf the internet just like the rest of us. Simply because we can't contact them directly does not mean that they won't hear what we have to say. "

Cheers,
Rochelle

Posted by: Rochelle van den Broek | Feb 8, 2008 11:25:09 AM

Thanks Rochelle:
That make sense, I didn't think that they would be isolated to that point. I guess they need to know what's going on in the world just like the rest of us. Hopefully they will see that the plaintiffs have been fighting for almost 20 years for something that we are entittled to.

Posted by: Tom | Feb 10, 2008 11:05:07 AM

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