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Archive for "Dec 23 2005"

Transit Strike Aftermath – A Quick Look

Well, the busses and trains are rolling, so let’s take a fast glance at what those three days of screwing the city up actually produced in a “biggest winners/losers” way:

Winners:
Lawyers.
The first of what will probably be zillions of lawsuits has lready been filed by businesses big and small attempting to recoup the financial hit they suffered. And you just know there is a shyster out there right now drafting a class-action suit in the name of all the straphangers who had their pockets picked from lost earnings and additional transportation costs incurred by being forced into cabs. Throw in the swarm of people forced to walk in freezing cold–thereby threatening their health (in addition to livelihood) and you have a tort lawyer’s wet dream.

If it can be shown FDNY’s Matthew Long, son of state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, ended up in critical condition after being hit by a bus hired by Bear Stearns to shuttle their employees because of the strike, the lawsuit will be ginormous, because his father will be bringing heat down on everyone remotely connected to the accident.

Losers: Pretty much everybody affected, but here are the biggies:

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