Casual observers and readers of press stories on that Dimock case involving Ray Kemble may well be unaware of the real significance of Cabot’s lawsuit.
There’s something you probably didn’t notice about that Dimock case we’ve talked about here several times (here, here and here) under the banner of “Pigs to Rigs.” Although AP reporter Michael Rubikam mentioned it, the most important aspect of the Cabot Oil & Gas lawsuit against Ray Kemble is not what Ray did, but what his attorneys did. Fractivist commenters, no doubt writing from basement apartments in their elderly parents’ homes, have imagined it was all about speech and the AP headline lent undeserved credibility to that side of things.
Let’s be honest, though, nothing water-bottle shooting Ray Kemble has ever said on on the subject of gas has resonated credibility with anyone. No, although it sure would be nice to know who’s paying big Ray’s airfares around the country, and that may well come out in discovery, having Ray speak against you is like having Rosie O’Donell hating you, if you know what I mean. The real issue, which I suspect most observers haven’t much noticed, is the action of “Pigs to Rigs” trial lawyer Charlie Speer and cohorts in filing a lawsuit against Cabot on an already settled case—a big legal no-no.