BP Oil Spill Lawsuit Filed
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on May 02, 2010 in Environmental Law
Louisiana just can't catch a break. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fisherman, their families, and those who live on and near the coastlines that are immediately impacted by this BP Oil Spill disaster. As the hours and days tick by, it is becoming more and more apparent that communities like Venice, Louisiana and Port Fourchon will be the first places to be hit by the oil slick. But this disaster is going to have a huge impact on small businesses and individuals throughout the United States. For these fishing/tourist communities, this is going to devastate their way of life. After the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig exploded BP attempted to allay concerns (and probably slowed response times) by downplaying the extent of the leak. It was first reported that 1,000 gallons per day were leaking. Later, it was acknowledged that it may be as much as 5,000 barrels per day.
A class action lawsuit has already been filed (4/30/10). The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Florida on behalf of several individuals and small businesses. The defendants include Transocean Ltd (owners of the rig Deepwater Horizon), BP, Haliburton, Inc. and several foreign corporations involved in offshore deep water drilling. This class action was brought on behalf of Florida citizens who live work or derive income from the Fla. Coastal zone.
But individuals and small businesses impacted by this disaster should consider consulting with their own lawyers to be sure that they receive full compensation from this disaster rather than being lumped together in a class action lawsuit. Most lawyers who handle these environmental cases will give a free telephone consultation and would typically handle an environmental disaster case like this on a contingent fee basis (meaning no attorney fee charged if there is no recovery). Call us at 888-213-8140 for a free consultation Appropriate causes of action that environmental lawyers will be considering and including in their BP Oil Spill lawsuit include negligence, Strict Liability for Abnormally Dangerous Activity, Strict liability for manufacturing defect, and other product liability causes of action. If you or your family members have been impacted by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico call us at 888-213-8140 for a free telephone consultation.
The civil justice system is going to play a crucial role in getting these communities back on track with their way of life. This disaster is very different than a hurricane. This is a man-made disaster caused by an incredibly profitable private corporation that obviously did not focus enough time and attention on safety. People need to remember that tort reform and other laws that protect big corporations from accountability can lead to decreased safety and environmental disasters such as this one. Those impacted by BP's negligence include fisherman, property owners, business owners, tourists, hunters and others. The damage is widespread and the impact is huge and devastating. British Petroleum and the other responsible parties need to be held accountable for this disaster. Those who are impacted directly by the disaster should contact an environmental lawyer to help fight against BP Oil, and should consider filing a private lawsuit (as opposed to just being a part of a class action lawsuit). Environmental law is complex and individuals and small businesses need to remember that literally billions of dollars have been spent by the oil and energy industry to protect their profits and reduce their accountability. For more information contact us at 888-213-8140
Goldberg Finnegan, LLC
President, Maryland Association for Justice