NEWS FROM THE LAW OFFICES OF ANTHONY P.X. BOTHWELL
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SEPT. 11, 2006 Vol. VIII / No. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org www.apxbothwell.com
IN THIS ISSUE:
 Feds order nuke tech firm to pay whistleblower
 Trial exposes Montana oil refinery pollution
 Potential hazard lingers in Napa drinking water
 Passenger airliner safety violations cited in suit
 Danish Queen gets appeal for Earl of Bothwell
 Business Law course offered at Kennedy U.
 Feds order nuke tech firm to pay whistleblower
“The U.S. Department of Labor [DOL] has awarded more than $100,000
to a whistleblower who complained about work practices in the development
of computer safety systems for nuclear power plants in Nebraska and
Florida,” the Omaha World-Herald reported Aug. 16. “David
L. Robinson, a quality assurance manager for Triconex, was wrongly terminated
by the company after complaining about processes on projects for Nebraska
Public Power District [NPPD] and Florida Power & Light [FPL], said
his attorney, Tony Bothwell,” the Nebraska newspaper reported.
Triconex, a division of London-based Invensys, aims to dominate the
multibillion-dollar global market for nuclear power safety instrumentation
The Miami Herald reported on page one of its Aug. 11 Business
“FPL spokeswoman Rachel Scott said the utility had learned the
work ‘had been done under improper conditions, which is why we
stopped the job…. During the testing of this equipment by our
quality assurance inspectors, they determined that the equipment was
not operating properly.’ Robinson, a former senior inspector for
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with three decades of experience
in the nuclear industry, worked for Triconex as a quality assurance
manager…. On Monday [Aug. 7], the department [DOL] sent a letter
concluding that Robinson had been wrongfully fired for revealing problems
on ‘important-to-safety’ nuclear issues and ordered Triconex
“The company was also ordered to delete notations in his employment
file that he had been fired for ‘unsatisfactory performance.’
“Robinson’s attorney, Tony Bothwell, said the engineer
is continuing a civil case in Santa Ana, Calif., seeking $15 million
in general and punitive damages against Invensys and three of its managers.”
The company has appealed the DOL ruling.
 Minneapolis trial exposes Montana pollution
The Billings Gazette published an in-depth story Sept. 5 on disclosures
by a Montana oil refinery engineer concerning illegal emissions of sulfur
dioxide into the atmosphere. The article, based on a post-trial brief
filed Aug. 15 by Atty. Tony Bothwell of San Francisco, reported Max
Sims’ charge that the Cenex refinery, operated by CHS Inc., spewed
about 55,000 long tons of sulfur dioxide SO2 into the air in excess
of permit limits. The Billings newspaper reported:
“CHS executives, Bothwell said, showed indifference to Montana
and federal air pollution regulations. ‘Corporate greed clouded
their judgment,’ he said. ‘They made over $200 million profit
last year. Cenex executives, like tobacco executives, thought they could
disregard public health, retaliate against the whistleblower and figure
the consequences are just the cost of doing business.’
“CHS management officials testified during the trial they did
not know that sulfur dioxide affects human health, according to trial
transcripts.” The firm is based in St. Paul, Minn.
The Gazette quoted Sims as saying the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency “betrayed” him by terminating its criminal investigation
of the matter without referring it to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“The EPA ultimately settled violations…with a civil consent
decree,” the newspaper said. “The EPA’s settlement
with CHS required the company to pay a $171,875 civil penalty and to
do a number of projects to reduce pollution…. CHS officials testified
in June that the cost of implementing the settlement was between $10
million to $15 million.”
Sims testified in the June 21-25 trial in Minneapolis – and another
witness corroborated – that, when Sims discovered evidence of
intentional violation of SO2 limits, his supervisor told him to “blow
it off.” The supervisor testified that he told Sims to “not…God
damn go there.” Sims was forced out of his job after he refused
to go along with the coverup.
The Billings newspaper reported that Lani Jordan, CHS corporate communications
director, said “CHS denies Sims’ allegations.” However,
at trial, CHS executives contradicted each other regarding whether the
refinery exceeded sulfur permit limits. CHS lawyers denied management
intended to retaliate, but they presented no evidence to dispute Sims’
 Potential hazard lingers in Napa drinking
New evidence reveals continuing problems related to the quality of drinking
water in Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena, American Canyon, and Yountville.
The City of Napa water department, which supplies neighboring communities,
“has one of the dirtiest waters in California,” Turan Ramadan,
the City’s water operations supervisor, testified Aug. 23 in Sacramento.
Although the water quality is good enough to drink in the short run,
“the wrong treatment method” causes some “contamination,”
he said in a deposition in his pending federal lawsuit against the City.
The ongoing low-level contamination “may affect public health”
over the “long term,” Ramadan testified. The water is “caustic,”
“not crystal clear,” and sometimes “tastes like beer,”
By using excessive amounts of the wrong chemicals, the City of Napa
wastes about $600,000 yearly, according to Ramadan’s testimony.
Ramadan said his determination of proper additives has been overruled
for the past three years by a manager. In a deposition on Aug. 24, that
manager conceded that he has no license or expertise in water treatment.
Ramadan has a master’s degree and 32 years experience in civil
engineering, is fully licensed and an internationally-known water treatment
In his lawsuit filed Mar. 8, 2006, Ramadan alleged that City officials
retaliated after he complained that the manager, in October 2003, had
ordered a plant operator to maintain chemical levels “that resulted
in water taste and odor problems and could result in carcinogens in
the public drinking water supplies.” The suit also charges that
Ramadan was harassed and demeaned at work because of his Turkish Cypriot
and Muslim background. Ramadan is represented by the Hassan Law Firm
and Law Offices of Anthony P. X. Bothwell.
The management official, in his deposition on Aug. 24, conceded that
contamination of water supplied to customers in October 2003 “exceeded”
regulatory limits, and that records show plant “alarms were on”
when customers complained of “bad water” causing headaches
and sickness. The official testified that a customer complained that
“the water smells like a sewer and tastes bad.” He admitted
that Napa’s water plants “were in disarray, not operating
effectively, needed to be cleaned up,” and caused “considerable
complaints” about “taste, odor, brownish-green water”
before Ramadan was hired by the City in 1993. Ramadan “did an
excellent job of turning that around,” the manager testified.
 Passenger airliner safety violations cited
The Bothwell law firm said Sept. 11 it filed suit against a U.S.-based
airline, for an employee who has been harassed since managers found
out she reported aircraft safety violations. Papers filed in court say
that her “disclosures were motivated by her sense of duty and
conscientious commitment to the safety of passengers and crews on airliners.
Plaintiff knew, for example, that a crew has 90 seconds to evacuate
passengers in a fire or other emergency, and that inoperable emergency
exits and emergency evacuation slides can cause injury and death.”
The airline employee alleges in papers filed in court that some “pilots
often do not enter observed cabin safety violations into the log book
because they do not want to delay departures or accrue repair costs.”
The violations were brought to the attention of the Federal Aviation
Administration. The court papers say that the airline “cut back
on maintenance work” and that “aircraft maintenance records
sometimes showed items were repaired when in fact they were not.”
 Danish Queen gets appeal for Earl of Bothwell
Television news in Denmark reported Aug. 9 that Queen Margrethe II received
a request to allow the mortal remains of the Fourth Earl of Bothwell,
who died in a Danish dungeon in 1576, to be returned to Scotland. The
request by Tony Bothwell of San Francisco and his elder brother, Fred
Bothwell of Georgetown, Tex., noted that the earl was the husband of
Mary Queen of Scots as well as “hereditary Lord Admiral of Scotland,
fighter for Scottish independence, strongest nobleman in the kingdom….”
The request said in part:
“Your Majesty has consented to allowing the temporal remains
of Her Majesty, the Sovereign Empress Mariya Feodorovna – mother
of His Imperial Majesty, Tsar Nicholas II – to be disinterred
from Roskilde Cathedral and transferred to the Russian Federation.
It has been reported that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess
Mary graciously have agreed to attend the reburial on 26 September
2006 in St. Petersburg. Surely, if the remains of Her Majesty, the
Sovereign Empress Mariya Feodorovna – a native of Denmark –
are transferred to Russia, it follows logically that the remains of
the Fourth Earl of Bothwell – loyal Scotsman who died in Denmark
because of political misfortune and an untimely shipwreck –
should, at long last, be returned to the land of his birth.”
 Business Law course offered at JFK University
Formation and defense of contracts, real estate brokers’ duties,
business crimes, administrative agency proceedings, equal employment
opportunity, international law, and Internet law are among the topics
in the Business Law course on the fall calendar at John F. Kennedy University
School of Management in Pleasant Hill. Tony Bothwell, adjunct professor
from Kennedy School of Law, will teach the course Tuesday evenings Oct.
3 to Dec. 12. “This course,” the syllabus says, “will
provide an overview of legal principles, policies and mechanisms relevant
to the contemporary business environment.”
ANTHONY P. X. (TONY) BOTHWELL, Esq. – Member, the Bar of the
U.S. Supreme Court, the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of California, The State Bar of California, American Bar Assn.
(2003 delegate to the International Court of Justice, The Hague), Southern
Poverty Law Center (Leadership Council), National Lawyers Guild, International
Bar Association. Qualified expert, lawyers' standard of care (Los Angeles
County Superior Court). U.S. Holocaust Museum (Circle of Life); Human
Rights Conflict Prevention Centre (Advisory Committee, Bosnia and Herzegovina);
Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf (President-Elect). Georgetown Univ.
School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., International Affairs; Boston Univ.
School of Public Communication, M.S., Journalism; John F. Kennedy Univ.
School of Law, J.D.; Golden Gate Univ. School of Law, LL.M. summa cum
laude, International Legal Studies. Professor, John F. Kennedy Univ.
schools of Law, Management, Liberal Arts, and Psychology. Who’s
Who in the Law; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World. Descendent
of John Dreibelbis, captain in the Continental Army under command of
ANTHONY P. X. (TONY) BOTHWELL,
Esq. – Member,
the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Bar of the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of California, The State Bar of California,
American Bar Assn. (2003 delegate to the International Court of Justice,
The Hague), National Lawyers Guild, International Bar Association,
Southern Poverty Law Center (Leadership Council). Qualified
expert, lawyers' standard of care (Los Angeles County Superior Court). U.S.
Museum (Circle of Life); Rotary Club of
Fisherman's Wharf (Vice President, 2006-2007). Georgetown Univ. School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S.,
International Affairs; Boston Univ. School of Public Communication,
M.S., Journalism; John F. Kennedy Univ. School of Law, J.D.; Golden
Gate Univ. School of Law, LL.M. summa
cum laude, International Legal Studies.
Professor of law, John F. Kennedy Univ. School of Law. Who’s Who in the Law; Who's
Who in America; Who's Who in the World. Descendent of John P. Dreibelbus, captain in
the Continental Army under General George Washington.