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December 29, 2004
"Demonizing for Dollars"
Forbes takes a distinctly critical look at the litigation over MTBE in water supplies (see Overlawyered, Nov. 25, 2003, Jun. 16, 2004) in which litigator Scott Summy of Dallas's Baron & Budd has played a prominent role:
Who pays for the litigation? Ultimately consumers at the pump, say the oil companies. They suggest dipping into the EPA's $2 billion Leaking Underground Storage Tank trust fund, which has been collecting a tenth-of-a-cent tax per gallon of gasoline for years. For Baron & Budd's views, you can check out their own website. (More: Jan. 28)
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Summy objects. "It's unfair to hold the taxpayers responsible for this," he says. He might as well add that such recourse would produce no legal contingency fees.
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