Showing posts with label Steve Yerrid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Yerrid. Show all posts

Friday, July 15, 2011

Florida Oil Spill Attorney Speaks

We have previously written about the intense effort by Steve Yerrid to help Floridians victimized by the oil spill. Here is a Letter he recently wrote:

For all the criticisms of former Gov. Charlie Crist, no one can attack how he handled the BP oil spill. He made virtually daily efforts to hold that international corporate conglomerate responsible for the worst man-made disaster in our history.

I was honored to be appointed special counsel to the governor shortly after the spill. Along with him, I personally spent hundreds of hours preparing, strategizing and documenting Florida's claim against this corporate wrongdoer and its accomplices, Halliburton and TransOcean. It is a shame that the massive and catastrophic harm caused to this generation of Floridians — and generations to come — remains unpaid.

My career has been successful beyond anything I could have imagined. So I had the ability, the honor and the privilege to represent the people of Florida pro bono not for just the nearly 1,000 hours I personally spent, but the substantial costs I incurred and personally paid for in trying to ensure our citizenry would receive appropriate reparations and restitution for this man-made tragedy. The harm was not just huge economic losses to our state and its people, but ecological and environmental damage that we have yet to fully appreciate or even understand.

As my term neared its end on Dec. 31, 2010, I made several attempts to reach out to Gov.-elect Rick Scott so that the transition to my successor legal representative would be seamless and the massive claims by the state would not fall between the cracks. I never received the courtesy of a reply, much less an acknowledgement of my effort as special counsel.

Frankly, I did not expect Scott to thank me — he is simply too friendly with corporate America to thank a trial lawyer, regardless of the services rendered and even though the beneficiaries of my work were the people of Florida.

That is regrettable, but what has happened in these many intervening months is simply unacceptable. While Florida attempts to operate in the face of a huge deficit with underfunded programs and underpaid staff, Scott has elected to make nice with the corporate wrongdoers and accept paltry token payments. There is no logical explanation.

I estimated the state could recover upward of $2 billion for the multifaceted claims that could rightfully be asserted. Several months back, Scott accepted $30 million from the wrongdoers, appeared at a joint news conference and profusely thanked them for their "payment." It is now July 2011, and the billion-dollar-plus bill owed to Florida remains unpaid. The reason? Scott does not want corporate America to pick up the check even when the wrongdoing is clear, the damages apparent and the need for payment never greater.

Anticipating Scott's response, I am not against corporate America. Our country's corporations have done enormous good and provided countless jobs through generations of Americans.

It is actually much simpler than all that. When a corporation does wrong and inflicts enormous damages and harm, it must be held accountable — just like any individual. It is ironic that Scott fails to comprehend that basic notion, especially given his own experience when the corporation he headed defrauded Medicare and paid one of the largest fines ever imposed in U.S. history.

That may explain his repeated condemnation of trial lawyers, who have also made significant and huge contributions to our country, but it fails to offer any explanation for his profound inaction regarding the BP oil spill and its aftermath.

Scott needs to do the job expected of him by his employers — Florida's citizens and taxpayers. Unfortunately, I believe the future is fairly certain, given his announced and demonstrated agenda. Sooner or later Scott will get $200 million, maybe $250 million, from BP and the corporate gang of wrongdoers. He will hold a big news conference, probably arm-in-arm with the people who so damaged our shores, our sea and our people.

When that day comes, know that he will be getting 10 cents on the dollar. In light of the egregious circumstances of what has occurred, any experienced trial lawyer would scoff at such chump change.

No one from this governor's administration has sought access or even taken one minute to look at the wealth of materials and the huge amount of work product that was assembled on behalf of the people of Florida to pursue our claim. What a terrible shame.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Florida's Oil Spill Lawyer | Appointment Not Renewed | Breaking News

Who Represents Florida Now?
Florida has lost a champion for the victims of the BP Oil Spill. Steven Yerrid was not reappointed by the Governor as Florida's go-to guy on the Gulf Oil Spill.

"Lawyers say there are billions in damage claims unsettled in Florida, and the attorney appointed by the previous governor to represent the state's interest says Scott won't respond to his calls and letters about pursuing the state's claims against BP."

"I think it would be in the billions of dollars," Yerrid said. "It would have a substantial, if not a mitigating effect on our deficit. The money is there, there's a $20 billion fund that isn't close to being exhausted, and my question is, what are we doing about it?".

Editor's Note: This is Sure to Put the Fear in Corporate Polluters Everywhere.

"This administration has decided not to retain the services of Mr. Yerrid. We will be pursuing claims in the future with the intent not to have to litigate," said Governor's spokeswoman Amy Graham. 

Thanks to Warren Elly and Fox Tampa Bay for investigating and confirming this tip we received last week. Keep it up.

Stand By for Updates on Florida Oil and read our previous coverage of this great lawyer who is no longer representing Floridians. He will be missed.

Previous Coverage

Sep 25, 2010
Florida Oil Spill Attorney has previously written about, Steve Yerrid who is special counsel for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The news is that Florida officials are now seeking a meeting with President Barack Obama, They seek to discuss ...
Jun 18, 2010
Florida Attorney Michael Maddux just sent us this interesting tip about the Florida Oil Spill legal team being assembled by Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, BP will have to answer and respond to ...
Jun 17, 2010
Florida Oil Spill Attorney, says, "This, by everyone's measure, is a huge catastrophe, so I don't think the damages will be small,” We have previously written about Steve Yerrid, an oil spill lawyer appointed by Florida Governor Charlie ...
Jun 10, 2010
The Governor then announced the appointment of Steven Yerrid, a Tampa lawyer, as the Florida Oil Spill Attorney. He has experience with the Skyway Bridge disaster and has a reputation as a fighter for the people of Florida in the ...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Florida Oil Spill Attorney Seeks Meeting With President

Florida Oil Spill
Florida Oil Spill Attorney has previously written about, Steve Yerrid who is special counsel for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The news is that Florida officials are now seeking a meeting with President Barack Obama, They seek to discuss oil spill relief.

Yerrid said, "If the polluter knows that the meter is running, isn't that a great motivation to stop that flow?" Thanks to the Governor and Mr. Yerrid for their efforts. Thanks also to the Tribune for keeping this story in the news as some have forgotten the hidden impacts of this tragedy


Friday, June 18, 2010

Florida Oil Spill Legal Team

Florida Attorney Michael Maddux just sent us this interesting tip about the Florida Oil Spill legal team being assembled by Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, BP will have to answer and respond to Yerrid's handpicked team of lawyers retained to respond to the claims from the Deepwater Horizon mess. According to a message we reviewed Mr. Yerrid is an, "experienced trial lawyer who was key in obtaining tobacco industry settlement money for Florida and who specializes in maritime matters. Yerrid has started assembling a team of lawyers he said will make certain the state is compensated for damages that as yet are not quantified."