Buffalo Creek Disaster

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In reading part two of the text, we see that the parent company is attempting to ratchet up the pressure on the plaintiffs’ attorneys in an attempt to thwart their case. Pittston’s attorneys attempt to deny access to their insurance documents, which later in the case shows that the insurance company had reservations about covering possible liability for its’ Buffalo Creek Operations. Pittston’s attorneys the attempt the old “divide and conquer” move, where it pits two of the most labor intensive aspects of discovery (depositions both of the plaintiffs and Pittston execs). The deposition of the plaintiffs required actual depositions in one city and physical examinations/testing in another. These two simultaneous events were meant to divide the manpower of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, and through the rigors of the examinations/testing, demoralize the plaintiffs. This extremely cumbersome for the attorneys, it was also for the plaintiffs. However, in a stroke of good fortune, the judge awards the plaintiffs mileage and a stipend for food, etc…and orders Pittson to pay for their hotel rooms. In another stroke of good fortune, the depositions depict the horror and terror survivors felt during the disaster. Each successive deposition is more graphic than the next. This is as upsetting for the plaintiffs to recall, as it is for opposing counsel to hear and record. But, as a matter of official record, these horrific tales lend credence to the mental anguish claims, but also gives the media access to first-hand accounts of the disaster. It is during the deposition of the Pittston execs that holes begin to be poked in their previous testimony. During depositions it is discovered that Pittston was the sole owner of Buffalo Creek Mining. That many of the so called corporate meeting minutes had been faked to appear like they had actually taken place. It is also…...

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