No surprise here, except perhaps the shear stupidity of three groups so obviously biased jumping into bed together on the issue of whether BP should have to follow through on its “Commitment to the Gulf.” I mean, come on guys, don’t be so obvious. You’re filing an amicus curiae brief not an amicus diabolus. If there was ever a consortium of real or perceived bad actors, here we have it. Fortunately it has come to light that the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia in particular, does not hold faux amici in high regard.
The United States Chamber of Commerce, The Petroleum Institute of America, and The National Association of Manufacturers are joined in the filing by The American Tort Reform Association. ATRA’s stated goal is to make sure only Fortune 1,000 companies have access to the civil justice system (so they can sue one another). ATRA seeks to close the courthouse doors to regular folk.
Joining this motley cast of characters, but filing separate amicus briefs today, were former BP payment Czar Kenneth Feinberg and of course Her Brittanic Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That’s aristocrat speak for the Queen of England.
Yes, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is quite troubled and concerned that her British Petroleum is not being shown the proper deference and respect by the nasty and vile Americans. The horror.
So to summarize, the following organizations support BP and are therefore adverse to the people and businesses of the Gulf:
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of Manufacturers
- American Petroleum Institute
- American Tort Reform Association
- Kenneth Feinberg (compensated by BP)
- The Queen of England