Katrina: Come the Leeches

By September 22, 2005Briefly Legal

You have seen in this space over the past weeks accounts of manufacturers’ incredible generosity in the form of donations of money and materials to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. These stories have been matched by other, heart-rending tales of the charity of strangers, the outpouring of giving by Americans to ease the suffering of their fellow Americans. It is at once touching and uplifting. Now come the leeches.

As the people in the Golf Coast struggle to rebuild, with the help of federal, military and private sector resources, here comes trial lawyer extraordinaire Dicky Scruggs, “launching major litigation on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims against State Farm, Allstate and Nationwide Insurance Companies.” This, in short, is disgusting.

Insurance companies — like everyone else — are scrambling, and tales of there own heroics are great, both by their agents on the ground and their headquarters and other staff, working ’round the clock to help those displaced and tattered. While they try to do their best, here come the leeches, looking to suck money out of the system, looking to get theirs first, charity be damned.

Here’s an idea: why don’t the leeches turn some of their ill-gotten billions to good use for the victims? Why doesn’t John Edwards — who represented trial lawyers during his brief stint in the Senate — forget his rants about the President and instead focus his ire and his attention on his fellow bottom feeders. As we’ve said many times, John Edwards is right, there are two Americas: One that creates wealth in society through their industriousness and hard work and one that destroys wealth for their own gain. The latter apparently feels quite at home in the muck that is left in Katrina’s wake.

It’s disgusting, plain and simple.