The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which occurred on April 20, 2010, has seriously affected the Gulf Coast states’ economy and environment. It is expected the spill will have both short and long-term consequences. Hundreds ofAlabama, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana residents, whose livelihood’s depended on the Gulf Coast waters, have already filed individual and class-action lawsuits against BP. The petroleum company has been forced to pay damages resulting from BP lawsuit claims filed.
Though BP is one of the largest and the most profitable oil companies in the world, its reputation has suffered considerably because of the numerous BP lawsuits and class action litigations. Moreover, the number of BP oil spill victims who hope to reach a BP settlement keeps growing.
The first BP class action lawsuit was filed by Daniel Becnel on behalf of Louisiana fishermen, shrimpers and commercial boaters, whose business collapsed in the result of the BP oil spill. Becnel’s BP class action lawsuitis seeking almost $15 billion from British Petroleum. It’s reported that more than 1 million people, who were victims of the Louisiana BP oil spill are expected to join the litigation. Furthermore, it is assumed that not only Louisiana fishermen, boaters and shrimpers, but property owners from other affected Gulf Coast states may also choose to pursue legal action against BP.
The British Petroleum lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana right after the US Coast Guard reported the approximate amount of oil released into the Gulf Coast waters. The lawsuit asserts that the responsible party or, in other words, the defendants, were aware of possible danger related to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig drilling operations, but failed to undertake adequate steps in order to prevent the disaster and damages associated with it. This class action lawsuit, BP and Transocean Ltd. (the owner of the Deepwater Horizon) have had filed against them will see these parties as defendants, strive to defend themselves against the aforementioned claims and allegations they are accused of.
If you or a loved one has been injured or had your property damaged as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you could be entitled to compensation, through becoming part of the BP oil spill class action lawsuit. Please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) to get a free consultation from one of our BP oil spill attorneys today.