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Commercial Fisherman Files Class Action Suit Against BP Over Oil Spill

PENSACOLA, Fla. — On April 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Brad Bradford of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, along with Mat Richardson of Jackson, Foster & Richardson, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Harris, a commercial fisherman from Panama City (Harris v. Transocean LTD, et al., No. 3:10-cv-00134-LC-MD, N.D. Fla.).

Harris has brought a class action lawsuit against BP, Transocean, Cameron International Corp. and Haliburton Energy Services after the explosion of the oil drilling platform Deepwater Horizon. Harris has filed the suit individually and on behalf of commercial fishermen operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico are already suffering serious financial losses following the oil spill, and unless the leak is stopped and the spill quickly contained, Harris and other commercial fisherman like him face the prospect of losing their livelihood altogether.

"It's disturbing in an era of record profits, BP failed to use basic safety measures which could have prevented this disaster. Details are emerging now that BP argued against stricter safety regulations for its oil rigs in the gulf and it failed to have a remote control shut off switch," Bradford said.

Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz is a Florida-based law firm geared towards protecting the rights of consumers who are seriously injured as a result of defective products, defective medical devices, accidents or other negligent behavior. For more information, visit

Download the first amended complaint.