Fishers still angry about 2010 BP oil spill

Oil giant BP says the clean-up following the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been a success, but many fishers disagree. As the trial to resolve the remaining civil litigation opens, DW visits communities affected. 58 year-old fisherman Byron Encalade stands in one of his two boats. He hasn’t used either of them [...]

For these spill victims, legalese is just one language barrier

Crabber Dung Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant, says the Gulf oil spill destroyed 300 of his crab traps and diminished the harvest. By Emily Pickrell December 2, 2012 CHAUVIN, LA. – Even the lawyers and accountants poring through the 1,200-page Gulf oil spill settlement sometimes grumble about deciphering the intentions in its legal language, and Vietnamese [...]

It’s Not Just Money Fears Blocking Access to Legal Help; Lawyer Distrust Is Growing

Posted Dec 1, 2012 2:20 AM CST By Rachel M. Zahorsky The fear of possibly unaffordable legal fees is paralyzing access to legal aid for a growing number of moderate-income Americans, as we reported in “Biloxi Blues” in last month’s ABA Journal. And while would-be clients, courts and lawyers struggle to find cost structures that [...]

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