Once he was sworn in, Attorney General Luther Strange hit the ground running and so far he hasn’t slowed down. Luther has made some moves that will keep him very busy over the next few months. One of his best moves thus far was to bring Richard Allen back to the Attorney General’s office as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Richard, who ran the office under Bill Pyror, is most capable and knows exactly how state government is supposed to work. He will definitely be an asset to the new Attorney General.
Luther, who has taken the lead in the state’s lawsuit against BP and other Defendants, was appointed by Judge Carl Barbier to a key position in the MDL litigation. Filing suit against the wrongdoers last year was a good thing for Alabama and that’s quite evident now. While it definitely has put Alabama in a very good position, nobody should believe that BP will roll over and play dead. This company is not only powerful politically, but it has the ability to spend whatever it takes in litigation to protest its turf. Alabama must be able to take its case to a courtroom if necessary. Fortunately for Alabama citizens, Gov. Riley wasn’t able to settle the case under the terms he proposed and which were most favorable to BP. Had the case settled at that time, under those terms and conditions, our state’s interest would not have been well served. In fact it would have been a major victory for BP and all of the wrongdoers and a tremendous loss for Alabama.
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