Litigation

Beasley Allen Files Class Action On Behalf Of Louisiana Businesses Affected By BP Oil Spill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. on May 4 filed a second class action lawsuit (No. 2:10-cv-01344) with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is filed on behalf of plaintiff Gulf Crown Seafood Inc., based in Delcambre, La., and seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, including real property damages; personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources; increased costs of public services; and loss of revenues.

Defendants named in the suit are BP plc, BP Products North America Inc., BP America Inc., Transocean Ltd., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Inc., Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp. f/k/a Cooper Cameron Corp. The suit was filed by Beasley Allen attorney Roman A. Shaul; of counsel are Stephen J. Herman, lead counsel for Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar L.L.P., and Edward Landry of Landry, Watkins, Repaske & Breaux.

The oil spill is expected to make an especially big impact in Louisiana, where commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico touches so many lives. More than 2 million residents — 47 percent of the state's population — live in coastal parishes. In 2006, Louisiana commercial fishing exceeded 844 million pounds, accounting for 21 percent of the total catch by weight in the lower 48 states. In 2006, expenditures related to recreational fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in coastal areas exceeded $3.2 billion.

Headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., Beasley Allen is comprised of 44 attorneys and more than 200 support staff. For more information, visit www.beasleyallen.com.

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