NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Group has announced that Louisiana shrimpers, fishermen, charter boat captains, and seafood processing companies on May 4 filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other Louisiana residents and businesses that have suffered economic losses caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Defendants named in the complaint include BP PLC and BP America Inc., which owns the oil well, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., which leases the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to BP, Halliburton Energy Services Inc., which was engaged in cementing operations at the well, and Cameron International Corp., which supplied the blowout preventer valves for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that have failed to activate.
"As the oil continues to make landfall along the Gulf Coast, it will cause severe damage to the delicate wetlands and intertidal zones that line the coast of Louisiana, destroying the habitats where fish, shellfish, and crustaceans breed, spawn, and mature," commented Dawn M. Barrios of the New Orleans law firm of Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP. "The oil spill and resulting contamination threatens the livelihoods of thousands of individuals and businesses who cannot use the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana’s shore to work and to earn a living."
The complaint, T&D Fishery, LLC, et al. v. BP, PLC, et al., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.
The Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Group consists of lawyers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee with extensive experience in environmental contamination litigation, including cases arising out of Hurricane Katrina and the TVA coal ash sludge disaster. For more information, visit www.gulfoilspilllitigationgroup.com. They are joined by the national plaintiffs law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, with offices in Nashville, Tenn., New York and San Francisco.
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