Friday, May 30, 2003

The next Stella award winner?
Shell Oil and Anheuser-Busch are being sued over their roles in the February nightclub fire:
Attorney Ronald Resmini said he sought to add Shell Oil and its affiliate, Motiva Enterprises, because The Station nightclub owners distributed concert tickets from a Shell gas station they owned.

How do we fix this? It would seem there need to be strict guidelines on which parties can and cannot be named in lawsuits such as this. The hard part will be structuring the guidelines in an objective manner that can be consistently applied and not fall into the "I know it when I see it" trap. Hard work, for sure, but we need reform. Clearly, we cannot count on any individual judge's common sense.

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