There are tons of legit claims against BP for the oil spill which may not be obvious. I have a friend with a trucking company hundreds of miles from the coast. His business was impacted significantly because truckers from the coast could not find business and went north to compete in his area for a year or two. Not only did they take business from his company but the overload of truckers in one area caused prices to drop to the point to where nobody could make money there. That was a direct impact of the spill. There are tons of other businesses too where workers who lost their jobs due to the spill took jobs from individuals in other areas or were willing to work for half as much just to have a job. You had workers from Florida who had to relocate due to the significant negative impact on the vacation industry there. That had a massive impact on home prices which impacted realtors' incomes, closing attorneys' incomes, loan officers' incomes, etc. The financial impacts of the spill were significant and far-reaching.
BP cut a deal to bypass investigations if they would pay the claims and they need to pay. Literally millions of lives were negatively impacted very significantly as a result of the spill. Most likely, BP knows they need to pay and knows the claims are legit - but their lawyers are literally making billions of dollars for themselves by dragging this out as long as possible. If the lawyers can keep 5 billion in claims from being paid and it makes those lawyers 10 billion to defend it then they think that is a great deal (for themselves) even though it actually costs the company more money.
People need to boycott BP until the company lives up to the deal that was cut. Trucking companies in particular need to boycott BP as the spill had a negative impact on that industry and they still are not paying. Actually, everybody needs to boycott BP until they wise up and fire the lawyers who are determined to make a career out of this.
Pretty much anecdotal drivel. Since 2010 Florida is number 5 in population growth and the other gulf states have had population increases in line with their previous growth rates. I don't know how many truckers went elsewhere, but I'm sure goods didn't stop moving along the coast because of the spill. I would bet all those people didn't stop their consumption habits because of the spill.
If I was your friend, I'd move my business closer to the gulf now and get his share of the great economic boondoogle now being funded by BP.
Your post was well written and you may be right but boycotting BP will only hurt their 200,000 US employees, who may be your neighbors and friends. Furthermore, as a stakeholder, I will not boycott them and I doubt very many will. I suspect we will take a hit on Monday but, to what extent, I don't have any idea. GLTA