On the same day when Judge Carl Barbier found BP guilty of gross negligence, reckless disregard, and willful misconduct, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, siding with the foreign oil giant over its own business members and local Chamber of Commerce affiliates. The Chamber tells the High Court that it “represents an underlying membership of more than three million U.S. businesses and organizations of every size, in every industry, and from every region of the country.”
However, as it did in the U.S. Fifth Circuit below, the Chamber intentionally conceals the fact that potentially thousands, if not tens of thousands, of its own members, and perhaps scores of local Chamber of Commerce affiliates, have submitted and are pursuing Business Economic Loss Claims for compensation from BP under the terms of a detailed and agreed-to settlement through the Court-Supervised Settlement Program.
Any business owner who is a member of a local Chamber of Commerce should be made aware that the U.S. Chamber has supported BP’s unjustified and misleading efforts to back out of its commitment to businesses in the Gulf Coast Region. Thousands of business owners along the Gulf Coast are victims of BP’s wrongdoing. They should ask their local Chamber of Commerce why the national favors the limited and selfish interests of a single foreign company over the interests of its own members. The national chamber consistently takes positions that are not in the best interest of local business owners and their employees.
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