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May 5, 2010, 1:24 pm

Brent Coon’s back to take on BP.

by Mimi Swartz

Brent “Coondog” Coon, the Beaumont- and Houston-based plaintiff’s attorney who won millions from BP for his client Eva Rowe after her parents were killed in a plant explosion in Texas City in 2005 (which I wrote about in “Eva vs. Goliath,” July 2007), is now representing clients in the recent rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. Talk to Coon for just five minutes and you can see that BP remains his Great White Whale—and that he’s an East Texas version of Captain Ahab.
 
What were your first thoughts when you heard about the explosion on the offshore rig in the gulf?

Must be a BP rig.

Why?

You know why. They are the most likely suspects—they have the most market share, and history has a tendency to repeat itself.

After CEO Lord Browne was forced out in May 2007 the new management promised a greener, safer BP. What happened?

They don’t change because they can’t change. Their corporate culture is so ingrained they would have to have a complete management turnover and get rid of their entire board as well. The way BP is set up now it’s an elitist company run by the aristocracy of Britain. This is truly the Knights of the Round Table, and they look at the world like King Arthur did. But while they can no longer dominate the surface of the world, they now want to dominate what’s under the surface. Global conquest, the idea that it’s all there for the taking. We’re all the peasants who are expendable. That’s the attitude.

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