Ken Connor

Over a month after the devastating explosion that took the lives of 11 workers and initiated the biggest offshore oil spill since Exxon Valdez, the oil continues to flow, and reports of corporate negligence and regulatory failure dominate the headlines.  Much like the recent mining disaster in West Virginia, the BP accident illustrates the lengths to which some corporations will go to protect their bottom line at the expense of safety, and protect their hind ends when their corner-cutting measures end in disaster.  These kinds of accidents illustrate the importance of a right that too many Republicans or "Conservatives" often trivialize: The right to seek restitution for injury to person or property caused by negligence or malfeasance.  They also highlight the woeful inability of government regulations to protect the American people from corporate wrongdoers – yet another reason why our civil justice system is indispensable. 

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Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.