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Alabama Beachfront Property Owners File Class Action Against BP

MOBILE, Ala. - Owners of beachfront and coastal property in Alabama on June 3 filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama here on behalf of themselves and others like them who have suffered damage to their property and its value caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster (Ferguson, et al. v. BP, PLC, et al., No. 1:10cv281, S.D. Ala., Mobile).

Defendants named in the complaint include BP PLC, BP America Inc., BP Exploration and Production, which own the oil well, Transocean Inc. and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., which lease 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 oil from the unprecedented oil spill now contaminates the shores of Alabama, property owners are unable to use their beach homes and condos as they would have before the spill and the values of those properties are being destroyed," said Stephen Dampier of the Mobile law firm Vickers, Riis, Murray and Curran LLC, a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Group. "In addition, the slick will cause severe damage to delicate wetlands and intertidal zones, destroying the habitats where fish, shellfish, and crustaceans breed, spawn, and mature."

The Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Group consists of prominent lawyers from the Gulf Coast with extensive experience in environmental contamination litigation. For more information, visit Adding to the resources of these lawyers is the national plaintiffs law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, with offices in Nashville, New York and San Francisco.

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