Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Capello Settles in Simi for 2/3rds of $30 Mill

Yesterday, I wondered whether Bill Levy was a bit Enron-ish in his $60,000 a month 'management fees' that he charged for La Entrada -- one of our citizen stringers points out that News-Press attorney Barry Capello actually gets the Ken Lay Award for ridiculous fees.

The Simi Valley Acorn has reported that Boeing agreed last September to pay $30 million to settle an eight-year class action lawsuit -- one of the plaintiffs got so little of that money that she has recently spilled the beans on the settlement awards despite a privacy clause to the settlement. It turns out Capello has received $20 million of the $30 million given to 133 plaintiffs in the pollution-related case.

From the article:
A key argument in the case against Boeing was an earlier U.S. District Court finding that a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor core in 1959 on the field lab may have released 260 times more radiation than the 1979 meltdown at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm constantly amazed that this hot story rarely gets much press, or that folks (at least the ones affected in Los Angeles) aren't just a bit upset about this. And Boeing did a lot more than just have a leaky reactor. They regularly dumped toxic waste (jet fuel byproducts, etc.) directly onto the ground at the Simi Valley site too, and it seeped into the water table, so folks there got it by air and by drink. This should be a major, major story, but oddly enough, it's not. Folks seem to think that since it happened over 50 years ago, that it's long gone, but accumulated radiation of yesterday can account for cancers and other health problems today.

1/14/2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous sometimes shamed to be a lawyer said...

No wonder Mr. Cappello can give $1.25 million to UCLA law school to develop more bloodsuckers, uhh... trial lawyers and " In recognition of this generosity and philanthropic leadership and to honor Barry Cappello’s legacy,"

One would think that with this kind of fee, he'd give more since, of course, the gift is tax deductible on that $20,000,000 and his "legacy" is quite secure.

1/14/2007 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the point in all of this.

1/14/2007 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic that Capello now sues the apparatus of the government he used to fervently defend. He was rather brutal in his suppression of protestors in IV years ago.

In his soul there is simply a dollar sign. It is, of course, easier for an ass to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.

1/14/2007 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have thyroid cancer. I was born in 1959 within 30 miles of Simi Meltdown. Which is probably within seconds with wind. I always wondered why me? Why am I the only member of my family with thyroid cancer? I just learned of the Simi meltdown today. I wish I could have been a plaintiff. I wish this legal case, like the initial nuclear melt down cover-up, wasn't so hush-hush.

3/06/2007 5:10 PM  

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