The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern
How the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought s uit against the coal company--and won (Vintage)

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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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About Gerald M. Stern

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Gerald M. Stern is a Counselmen at Phillips & Cohen LLP, a practice is devoted exclusively to representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School before beginning his legal career in Washington.
Published January 26, 2011 by Vintage. 321 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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A blow-by-blow account of a landmark lawsuit by the chief attorney for the survivors of the '72 Buffalo Creek Disaster.

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