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Fishing Charters File Lawsuit Against BP America For Oil Spill Damages

GULFPORT, Miss. — The owner of a fishing boat and a charter boat captain that operate in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12 filed a lawsuit against BP America for damages sustained after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to Hagens Berman, the Seattle-based class action law firm representing the Gulf fishing industry (Brian Howard’s Charter Fishing LLC and Laurence Emory Walker Jr. v. Transocean Ltd., et al., No. 1:10-cv-00207-HSO-JMR, S.D. Miss.).

The class action complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, accuses BP and other oil drilling companies of damaging property and natural fishing resources, effectively bankrupting the local fishing industry.

“This environmental disaster has turned into a financial disaster for fisherman that own and operate chartered boats in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Steve W. Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “You just don’t go deep sea fishing in waters saturated with crude oil.”

BP America Inc., along with offshore oil drilling companies Transocean, Halliburton Energy and Cameron International, are charged with negligently discharging crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and polluting natural fishing resources.

On April 22, 2010, The Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig leased by the oil company BP, sank and began to leak more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day. Weeks later, BP and federal officials still struggle to find a solution that will control the oil from further leaking into the waters. News reports indicate that the oil has penetrated the coast line of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer rights class action law firm with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Berman and Craig R. Spiegel, Karl P. Barth and Leonard W. Aragon of Hagens Berman in Seattle, Michael B. Holleman of Holleman Law Firm PLLC in Gulfport, Miss., Philip Carby and E. Hyde Carby of Carby & Carby PC in Natchex, Miss., and Roberts S. Hammond Jr. of Hattiesburg, Miss., represent the plaintiffs.

Download the complaint.