NEW YORK – (Business Wire) Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. (www.weitzlux.com), together with a consortium of law firms, has filed a lawsuit in response to British Petroleum's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last week, which is of such magnitude it could become the nationâ€™s worst environmental disaster in decades. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has called it â€œa spill of national significance,â€ with the Coast Guard estimating it at 5,000 barrels a day, or more than 200,000 gallons of oil spilling into the ocean daily. Informacion en EspaÃ±ol
â€œThe total environmental impact of this spill hasnâ€™t yet been realized but it has already caused dangerous contamination and throttled business and commercial fishing along the Coast,â€ said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Toxic Torts unit of Weitz & Luxenberg. â€œWe donâ€™t know how far this contamination will travel or how many families will lose their main source of income from this oil slick, but we know all too well that many more people's livelihoods will be hurt and properties damaged before this spill is under control.â€
The spill, precipitated by a BP offshore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, which exploded last Tuesday, has left 11 workers missing and presumed to be dead. It has reportedly intensified and is threatening fisheries, as well as the property of home owners and businesses along the Gulf coast. The mammoth nature of the environmental disaster has necessitated the involvement of six government agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Defense Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, Homeland Security and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The complaint, filed by a consortium of lawyers against BP, Halliburton, Cameron and other parties, seeks to recover damages suffered by our clients as a result of the oil spill. The lawsuit alleges, in part, that Defendants knew of the dangers associated with deep-water drilling and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent damages to our clients and the environment in which they live and work.
The fast-moving oil slick has already or is threatening to devastate marine and coast environments, and estuarine areas of Florida, which are used for fishing and to earn a livelihood. Some of our plaintiffs are owners of wholesale and retail seafood businesses; others are owners of commercial fisheries. All their livelihoods are now at risk as a result of the spill. The Gulf region accounts for about a fifth of total U.S. commercial seafood production and nearly three quarters of the nationâ€™s shrimp output, while nearly a third of all marine recreational fishing trips take place on Gulf waters, according to the Fisheries Service of the NOAA.
Kevin Madonna, cofounder of The Kennedy & Madonna, LLP environmental law firm and who is part of the suit, said, â€œIf the current rate of oil spilling in the Gulf continues, in a little over a month this spill will eclipse the Exxon Valdez disaster as the greatest oil spill disaster in U.S. history.â€
Fishermen, property and business owners, and others affected by the oil spill may discuss their situation and get a free legal review by visiting our firmâ€™s website, www.weitzlux.com.
About Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
Weitz & Luxenberg, founded in 1986, is one of the leading plaintiffs' litigation law firms in America. The firm has played leading roles in national and local litigations involving mesotheliomaÂ and asbestos-related lung cancer, as well as defective medicines and medical devices such as shoulder pain pumps, Yaz, Zimmer Durom Hip implants, Advanced Bionics cochlear implants , Hydroxycut, transvaginal mesh (TVT mesh) and Zicam, and general negligence and medical malpractice, among others. A forerunner in the legal fight against polluters, Weitz & Luxenberg has worked with clients harmed by the TVA coal ash sludge spill in Tennessee, industrial de-greasers PCE/TCE in groundwater and indoor air, the gasoline additive MTBE in water supply wells, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and PERC/PCE in coal float-sink test operations.
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