Lawyers' ads hit nerve with town

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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. --- Before the sugar refinery blaze that claimed at least seven lives was snuffed out, the attorneys' advertisements started appearing. The plant's owners have lawyers, one said, adding: "Shouldn't you?"

The circling of lawyers in the aftermath of a tragedy is nothing new, but it has hit a nerve in this town of 5,000, where firefighters still toiled Wednesday to extinguish the last of the flames and search for the remaining body.

Using ads and Web sites, these out-of-state attorneys urge victims of the Imperial Sugar Co. explosion to share their stories. It has enraged some residents and attorneys here, still mindful that the stubborn six-day-old blaze at the refinery continued to burn.

"It's not in the best taste," said Tim Holbrook, the owner of the Deli Mart, a popular eatery in downtown Port Wentworth. "The grieving process has just begun and I think it's very unthoughtful."

The blaze has been so persistent, local officials were forced to call in a specialized firefighting team to subdue the thick masses of molten sugar still bubbling in 80-foot silos at temperatures as high as 4,000 degrees.

Savannah Fire Capt. Todd Heil said crews found another missing body Wednesday in the second-floor break room. The fire has killed seven people and left another person missing. Fire officials said they are confident the last body will be found soon.

None of the victims' names have been released.

The Port Wentworth explosion offers a snapshot of the strategy some trial lawyers employ to troll for plaintiffs with Web sites and advertisements that feature jarring images of the fire.

Mark & Associates, a law firm with offices in New York and Boston, snapped up the www.sugarrefineryexplosion.com domain and outfitted the site with details of the blast, links to news updates -- and a form where victims can share their information with the firm's attorneys.

"If you or a loved one was injured in this explosion, you may have valuable legal rights," it reads.

Dallas lawyer Jeffrey D. Slakter's advertisement includes details of Imperial's financial status -- net sales of more than $875 million -- in a full-page newspaper advertisement.

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/14/08 - 04:45 am
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Just like in Graniteville,

Just like in Graniteville, the vultures are circling.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/14/08 - 05:09 am
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It's all part of the process.

It's all part of the process. Those without legal help will be overwhelmed. As the first lawyer ad referred to said, the company has lawyers.

Duderotomy
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Duderotomy 02/14/08 - 05:58 am
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It is capitalism at its best!

It is capitalism at its best! Eveyone's life is worth something - just ask a lawyer! The sad part is that at some point in life, we all need one!

common-sense-justice
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common-sense-justice 02/14/08 - 06:11 am
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At least they took the

At least they took the website down. Very sad that these trolls prey on these families at this time. Lawyers ads need to be banned just like cigarette ads.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 02/14/08 - 06:25 am
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And they make money because

And they make money because people hire them after all. The best way to stop that vicious cycle is to not call them or give them what they want. Similar to a famous movie quote, "If you build it, they will come". If you call those vultures they will continue to feed off of disasters like this one.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/14/08 - 07:01 am
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I think a lawyer who solicits

I think a lawyer who solicits or advertises should be disbarred. I refuse to use one who does so. Reminds me of a vulture with a shotgun.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/14/08 - 07:06 am
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That's all you see in the

That's all you see in the morning Springer type shows, 1800winwin, one call that's all ect ect right along with the check cashing payday loan people. Sad thing is these people will end up needing a lawyer.

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 02/14/08 - 07:29 am
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They really ought to be

They really ought to be barred from advertising.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/14/08 - 07:49 am
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No business should be allowed

No business should be allowed to advertise, or at least only the ones I want. Especially lawyers and doctors and other businesses we need in an emergency. They should only be allowed to open in unmarked buildings.

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 02/14/08 - 08:02 am
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If there is a lawyer involved

If there is a lawyer involved in it, you can bet your britches there is money, greed, and crooked dealings in the works. They go to school to learn to lie, steal, deceive, cheat and beat honest people out of what's rightfully theirs. They are all crooks. How they can sleep is a mystery to me......They're all rogues.

ripjones
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ripjones 02/14/08 - 08:14 am
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Just like any other

Just like any other professional, there are good lawyers, and there are slimeballs. They are the ones that feed all of our lawyer jokes. The reputable lawyers ought to clean their own house out.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 02/14/08 - 08:36 am
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Yup, all lawyers are crooks

Yup, all lawyers are crooks and thieves until you need one.....

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/14/08 - 09:05 am
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And then most become fat

And then most become fat crooks and thieves. Did ya'll know you can sue a lawyer for malpractice? Most people don't, but if more people did there would be fewer tv ads on.

bluelight
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bluelight 02/14/08 - 09:54 am
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Talk about insensitive

Talk about insensitive bloodsuckers. These guys give reputable attorneys a bad name. They should also mention in the ads that they, the attorneys, will receive one-third to one-half of any settlement awarded. Totally tasteless!

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 02/14/08 - 10:51 am
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i believe these are the ones

i believe these are the ones referred to with contempt as ambulance chasers. The only people that hire them are stupid/ignorant/uneducated.....jackson and Massey? ring any bells?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/14/08 - 11:13 am
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It is the nature of man.

It is the nature of man. After Katrina look at all the scam artists and leeches who came to profit off others suffering. Like Clint Eastwood said in one of his westerns:"Even worms gotta eat."

iletuknow
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iletuknow 02/14/08 - 12:06 pm
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Capitalizing on other

Capitalizing on other people's misfortune is the cornerstone of our society.

isitme
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isitme 02/14/08 - 12:51 pm
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Lawyers do not see death and

Lawyers do not see death and destruction; they see dollar signs!

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:01 pm
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Hahahahahahaha! Ha ha ha ha!

Hahahahahahaha! Ha ha ha ha! Heeheeheeheeheehee! Ah! I'm sorry but I can't help it. The words 'sugar' and 'explosion' shouldn't be in the same line!

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:02 pm
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That must have been a

That must have been a bitter-SWEET explosion! Ha ha ha ha!

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:03 pm
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That must have been a

That must have been a bitter-SWEET explosion! Hahahahahaha!

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:04 pm
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That must havve been a

That must havve been a bitterSWEET explosion! Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/14/08 - 02:04 pm
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Hahahahahahaha! Ha ha ha ha!

Hahahahahahaha! Ha ha ha ha! Heeheeheeheeheehee! Ah! I'm sorry but I can't help it. The words 'sugar' and 'explosion' shouldn't be in the same line!

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 02/14/08 - 02:36 pm
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Time was when attorneys could

Time was when attorneys could not advertise for clients as they do now. And who really NEEDS advertisements? Attorneys are listed in telephone directories and many other places. It is time for the state bar associations where these attorneys operate to take action. Until about 7:20 PM today, it has not even been one week since the explosion and already sleezy ads are in the newspaper, a full page from that Texas attorney, and now on TV. That particular TV ad doesn't identify any attorney by name - wonder why? There are certainly some fine attorneys in the world and heaven knows that we live in a litigious society - but this is beyond good business sense. The company involved is doing everything it can to help the victims and their families - give them a chance. Stay away from those attorneys who would take 1/3 or more of any compensation a victim might get.

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scoobasteve 02/14/08 - 03:19 pm
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If a family member got hurt

If a family member got hurt or killed in that explosion, Attorneys wouldn't need to advertise to get me to hire them. I'd sue them to ruin.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/14/08 - 03:58 pm
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Interesting mentality! I'd

Interesting mentality! I'd sue them to ruin. You can't bring back your loved one, nor will any fiscal amount ease your sorrow. Punishing a company for an accident seems vengeful. If there is negligence then I would sue them to ruin and donate all the money to a good cause. But I could not financially gain from the lose of a love one because I could win in a court of law. The attitude towards the lawyers is odd, because they are just providing a service to those who wish to financially gain from the catastrophe. Which ones are the blood suckers-the lawyers or victims who profit? I think their advertisements are in poor taste but really no different from any business practice. I think it is time to pray and grieve. These families have endured a hell from this hellish event. I can't imagine.

Connie30813
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Connie30813 02/14/08 - 04:09 pm
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FIGURES ! The majority of

FIGURES ! The majority of lawyers are just like vultures. There should be something done that would prevent them from taking advantage of a horrible accident and making out like a bandit from it. People, Listen, they are only out to line their pockets, they could care less about how much you suffer or hurt, as long as they can make a million or two off of you.

Connie30813
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Connie30813 02/14/08 - 04:14 pm
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Darth, you are a sick

Darth, you are a sick individual. To be able to even make an attempt at a half witted joke about this accident that claimed lives and brought sorrow to so many families is extremely insensitive of you. Shame on you. Just remember, Karma is a bit*h.

Connie30813
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Connie30813 02/14/08 - 04:17 pm
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Darth, how insensitive. How

Darth, how insensitive. How could you even make a half witted attempt at a joke when people were killed because of this accident and so many families lost people they loved. Perhaps you need to remember this: Karma is a b**** and just like eating peppers, what you say or do today will more than likely burn your a** tomorrow.

dani
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dani 02/14/08 - 04:19 pm
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Trow da bums out...

Trow da bums out...

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