Fishing charter company sues BP in local court over oil spill damage

Kyle Barnett Aug. 23, 2012, 11:37pm

Owner of Xtreme Fishing Charters Allen Walker

NEW ORLEANS – A Jefferson Parish charter fishing company is suing an international oil company for damages it claims stems from the 2010 gulf oil spill.

Xtreme Fishing Charters and Allen and Roxanne Walker filed suit against BP et al in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 19. Xtreme Fishing Charters claims that during the spill its fishing boat was used to ferry about media and scientists and that during the period of the oil spill the boat came into contact with the oil and dispersants used by the defendants.

The plaintiff alleges that the oil and dispersants caused significant damage to the boat's fiberglass hull, as well as the internal components of the boat's motor. Walker asserts that he filed a claim with the Gulf Coast Claim's Facility, but did not receive a reward and has thus decided upon civil action of his own behalf as well as that of his company. Walker also claims that he was injured after coming into contact with the oil and dispersants.

The defendant is accused of engaging in wanton, reckless, recklessly indifferent, intentional behavior and grossly negligent behavior as to constitute an utter disregard for the rights of others.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for loss of enjoyment of life, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, loss of income and benefits, disruption of bodily parts and organ systems, medical expenses, loss of family relationships, loss of consortium, punitive damages, loss of income and revenue, loss of business opportunity, diminution of value of business, loss of business, goodwill and stigma damages, loss of marine natural resources and days for which the plaintiff worked but was not paid.

Xtreme Fishing Charters and the Walker's are represented by New Orleans-based attorney Catherine B. Cummins.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

Case no. 2012-07057.

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