Litigation

Charter Fishing Guide Sues BP Over Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. of Montgomery, Ala., on June 10 filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on behalf of a charter fishing guide (Cressey v. BP Plc, et al., No. 2:10-cv-1721, E.D. La.).

The firm represents Martin R. Cressey d/b/a Bohica Fishing Charters, who the firm said has incurred damages related to the disaster, including loss of profits, business income and earning capacity.

According to the firm:

As oil continues to spew from the undersea well at estimated rates between 5,000 and 60,000 barrels per day, the list of areas in the Gulf of Mexico closed to commercial and charter fishing grows. The peak saltwater fishing season along the Gulf Coast starts in March and continues throughout the summer. Bookings include private groups and fishing tournaments, both of which are seeing major cancellations as oil ruins what were prime fishing grounds. Even with some areas still open, visitors who might have booked a charter excursion are skittish due to fears that fish will be tainted by the spill.

The oil spill comes at what would normally be the beginning of the most profitable time for the Gulf Coast region, which traditionally collects almost 73 percent of its tourism revenues in the second and third quarters (April-September). Early estimates since the spill indicate tourism in the area may be down by 30 to 50 percent this summer.

The suit is filed in federal court in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and seeks damages for real and personal property, earning capacity, business income and other damages related to the disaster. The suit alleges negligence and wanton misconduct. Defendants named in the suit are BP, Halliburton and Cameron International.

Representing Cressey are Roman A. Shaul, Jere L. Beasley, Rhon E. Jones, Andy D. Birchfield, David B. Byrne III, John E. Tomlinson, J. Parker Miller and A. Brantley Fry of Beasley Allen and Edward Landry of Landry, Watkins, Repaske & Breaux in New Iberia, La.

Download the complaint.

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