May 1, 2010
Class Action Filed Over Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
The National Law Journal reports here that a class action suit has been filed on behalf of Louisiana fishers, shrimpers, and commercial boaters who claim that their livelihood has been harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawyer who filed the suit--Daniel Becnel, Jr., who is also involved in the Toyota litigation--says that the plaintiff class might continue to grow; he has been contacted by commercial fishers and boaters who claim that the oil spill has harmed their businesses in other states as well, including Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.
The NLJ reports:
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants "knew of the dangers associated with deep water drilling and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent damage."
The defendants include BP, which holds the lease permitting drilling at the site of the accident, and Transocean Ltd., which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The lawsuit also named Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp. Halliburton was engaged in "cementing operations of the well and well cap." The suit alleges that Halliburton was negligent in performing that work, increasing pressure at the well and contributing to the fire. Cameron manufactured and/or supplied the rig's blow-out preventers that should have stopped the oil spill but allegedly failed to operate when the explosion occurred.
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