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Brian Heslin Quoted in Inside Counsel

July 30, 2010

Litigation attorney Brian Heslin is quoted in an article entitled "BP Under Investigation" in Inside Counsel.  The article examines the recent criminal investigation into the BP oil disaster launched by the Justice Department.  The Justice Department has jurisdiction due to the fact that the spill occurred in federal waters and because the damage crossed state lines.  The Justice Department will investigate whether there was prior knowledge of any safety issues, prior knowledge regarding a risk of a spill and whether the company acted with an appropriate response before, during and after the disaster in the Gulf.  The article touches on concerns with the polluted waterways, political pressure that may influence the outcome of the investigation, and the PR strategies that were and were not implemented to alleviate the media/public backlash.

The article also discusses the role that personal accountability could play in bringing individual indictments, which may result from violations of the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, The Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act, for starters.