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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.).
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.
to the firm:
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.
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.
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.
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