It was many years ago that BP experienced that terrible disaster in the Gulf. BP decided to do the right thing by paying the victims right away. Things seemed to going well, until the lawyers got involved:
It almost goes without saying that the Louisiana plaintiffs’ bar found such a scheme offensive. No litigation, after all, meant no lawyers’ fees. Plus, the idea that you could have this giant company, so ripe for the plucking ... and then not pluck?