The plaintiff’ attorneys are starting to circle the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Attorneys have filed a class action on Thursday over damages caused by the drilling rig that exploded on April 20.
The suit, Cooper v. BP plc, was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of Louisiana shrimpers, fisherman and commercial boaters who claim the oil spill is hurting their livelihood.
U.S. Coast Guard officials announced that the now-sunken rig was likely leaking 5 million barrels of oil a day, not 1 million barrels as was initially reported.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants “knew of the dangers associated with deep water drilling and failed to take appropriate measures to prevent damage.”
The defendants include BP, which holds the lease permitting drilling at the site of the accident, and Transocean Ltd., which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The lawsuit also named Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp. Halliburton was engaged in “cementing operations of the well and well cap.” The suit alleges that Halliburton was negligent in performing that work, increasing pressure at the well and contributing to the fire. Cameron manufactured and/or supplied the rig’s blow-out preventers that should have stopped the oil spill but allegedly failed to operate when the explosion occurred.
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