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Lawsuits Surge – Gulf of Mexico Spill

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a terrible disaster. It’s also going to be an engineering nightmare to install a relief valve and stop the leak. Who’s responsible for this? According to BusinessWeek, both BP plc and Transocean Ltd. are facing numerous law suits. Good. These companies ought to shoulder the burden of cleaning up this disaster, and compensating the individuals who have now lost income as a result of the damage to the local fishing industries in Lousiana, Texas and parts of Florida. But what really grinds my gears is the irreparable damage that may be sustained to the fragile wetland ecosystems along the gulf shore.

The article describes numerous class action law suits that have been filed on behalf of fishermen, boat operators, beach front property owners. “The litigation is spreading faster than the slick” … that says it all!

Under the Oil Pollution Act, the fact that it was BP’s oil is enough,” said Hall, of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC. Plaintiffs “don’t have to show they were negligent or grossly negligent,”

Cathy Mann, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Halliburton, the second-largest oilfield contractor behind Schlumberger Ltd., said the company is cooperating with investigations into the accident. She said “it is premature and irresponsible to speculate on any specific causal issues.”

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