BILOXI, Miss. - (Mealey's) Two Mississippi fishermen on May 3 filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi federal court against companies they claim are responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Charlie C. Nguyen, et al. v. Transocean Ltd., et al., No. 10cv178, S.D. Miss.).
Charlie C. Nguyen and Bihn Van Nguyen filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi naming Transocean Ltd., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc., Transocean Deepwater Inc., BP plc, BP Products North America Inc., BP America Inc., Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp. as defendants.
The class action lawsuit is just one of numerous similar suits that have been filed since the oil spill occurred.
On April 20, an explosion and fire resulted in the destruction and sinking of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident caused the deaths of 11 men who were working on the rig. Since the accident, the uncapped well has been spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day.
The accident has resulted in the prohibition of fishing throughout much of the Gulf region. The plaintiffs are commercial fishermen who claim that they are dependent on harvesting shrimp out of the Gulf for their livelihood. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants' actions have resulted in the interruption of their business and could result in the destruction of commercial fishing in the Gulf region for decades. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants were negligent or wanton in causing the disaster and in failing to properly respond to it.
The plaintiffs seek to represent a class of all Mississippi residents who work in, or derive income from, the shrimping and fishing industries in the Mississippi Sound or the Gulf of Mexico and related waterways and who have sustained any legally cognizable loss and/or damages as a result of the April 20 explosion that occurred aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and resulting oil spill.
The fishermen seek damages for negligence and violations of the Oil Pollution Act.
[Editor's Note: Full coverage will be in the May 6 issue of Mealey's Litigation Report: Class Actions. In the meantime, the complaint is available at www.mealeysonline.com or by calling the Customer Support Department at 1-800-833-9844. Document #43-100506-032C. For all of your legal news needs, please visit www.lexisnexis.com/mealeys.]
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