What Defense Counsel Can Learn From The W.Va. Spill

Law360, New York (February 5, 2014, 6:07 PM EST) -- For the companies and their lawyers, the headlines were awful and kept getting worse: 300,000 people suffering without drinking water; changes in corporate ownership just days before the chemical spill; and accusations that a company founder had felony convictions and a shady past. Add to that mix a federal prosecutor under heavy public pressure to extract swift punishment, and multiple agencies clamoring to investigate, and the stakes got even higher. The dynamics of the West Virginia chemical spill and its aftermath highlight the unique challenges facing...
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