Buffalo Creek Disaster How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company - And Won

ISBN-10: 0307388492

ISBN-13: 9780307388490

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gerald M. Stern

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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.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Foreword
Prologue
The Call for Help
"An Act of God"
"When in Doubt, Do the Right Thing"
"Mountain Mama"
"Take Care of My Baby"
"They Wasn't for Sale"
"Flagrant Disregard"
"Mere Puff and Blow"
"Oyez, oyez, oyez"
"A More Definite Statement"
"Pittston Loses Bid for Secrecy"
Some Lawyer Stories
"What Do You Mean, 'Dam'?"
"It Was a Natural Occurrence"
"Nowhere Else to Put It"
"What About Existing Dams?"
"Psychic Impairment"
"Danger Note"
"Enough"
"Ambulance Chasing"
The Statute of Limitations
A Written Settlement Proposal
"Flood at Lick Fork"
"The Potential for Similar Disasters"
"Catch-22"
A Settlement Meeting
"Absent Plaintiffs"
"Unavailable" Witnesses
The "Glaring Deductible"
"The Dam Was All Right"
Strategy
Epilogue
Afterword
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