- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lately, I’ve been receiving letters, telephone calls and emails from lawyers in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area soliciting me to file a claim against BP for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As most of us know, the BP fund was set up to help people and companies genuinely hurt by the incident, such as businesses that suffered lost revenues, and to pay for the resulting clean-up. The spill did not affect my Tampa Bay-based business, family or my friends in any way. Nevertheless, unscrupulous lawyers are hounding people like me to file claims, regardless of whether such claims would be legitimate.

I shred the soliticitations into the garbage. How interesting it is that not everyone feels this way, and many people are jumping on the bandwagon by making fallacious claims. Frankly, I’m not sure which is worse, the parasitic lawyers or the people going along for the ride and cashing in on something they do not deserve. I guess bunko is now an acceptable form of behavior in the 21st century.

TIM BRYCE

Palm Harbor, Fla.