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    that Bennington's response would indicate that they damn well knew what was going on there otherwise they wouldn't be so quick to deny the had ever done business in the building.

    as for legal responsibility well - there are all sorts of subcontractor agreements and they have all sorts of clauses - and in this case where all the facts aren't in just yet - absolving these folks is a bit permature.  This is going to be one tangled legal case (it took years for the Bopal case to resovle as well - Union Carbide was using a sub there as well if memory serves).

    And this is of course assuming that the subcontactor agreements really were arms length agreements between two equal parties - if it is say found that financial pressure to cut coners on the sub coming from the primary customers which lead the sub to act in what could be judged depraved indiffernce to the danger the building posed because it would have cost money and time to repair it -  could lead a court to decide that yes they are resposible for the disaster and the deaths.

    there is a lot we don't know yet.

    and oh yes:
    People who drive could not be reasonably expected to know how badly exxon was screwing up  nor do they have any real power to affect Exxon's practices it's not a good analogy.

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