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The Buffalo Creek Disaster,9780394723433

The Buffalo Creek Disaster

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9780394723433

ISBN10:
0394723430
Format:
Trade Book
Pub. Date:
3/1/1977
Publisher(s):
Vintage
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Summary

One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer and took on the case and won. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Biography

Gerald M. Stern is a Counselmen at Phillips & Cohen LLP, a practice is devoted exclusively to representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School before beginning his legal career in Washington.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix
PART ONE
The Call for Help
3(8)
``An Act of God''
11(8)
``When in Doubt, Do the Right Thing''
19(5)
``Mountain Mama''
24(15)
``Take Care of My Baby''
39(13)
``They Wasn't for Sale''
52(18)
``Flagrant Disregard''
70(6)
``Mere Puff and Blow''
76(15)
``Oyez, oyez, oyez''
91(10)
PART TWO
``A More Definite Statement''
101(17)
``Pittston Loses Bid for Secrecy''
118(9)
Some Lawyer Stories
127(11)
``What Do You Mean, `Dam'?''
138(8)
``It Was a Natural Occurrence''
146(8)
``Nowhere Else to Put It''
154(11)
``What About Existing Dams?''
165(7)
``Psychic Impairment''
172(15)
``Danger Note''
187(6)
``Enough''
193(8)
PART THREE
``Ambulance Chasing''
201(4)
The Statute of Limitations
205(8)
A Written Settlement Proposal
213(5)
``Flood at Lick Fork''
218(4)
``The Potential for Similar Disasters''
222(7)
``Catch-22''
229(11)
A Settlement Meeting
240(4)
``Absent Plaintiffs''
244(9)
``Unavailable'' Witnesses
253(4)
The ``Glaring Deductible''
257(7)
``The Dam Was All Right''
264(10)
Strategy
274(27)
Epilogue 301


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