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Griffin Seminar Paper

Griffin Seminar Paper

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Published by Lachlan Markay
Energy consultant Bill Griffin advises plaintiff's attorneys to find naturally occurring environmental damage, blame oil companies for it, then sue those companies.
Energy consultant Bill Griffin advises plaintiff's attorneys to find naturally occurring environmental damage, blame oil companies for it, then sue those companies.

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Published by: Lachlan Markay on May 08, 2012
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