New Orleans property owners sue BP over alleged damages from oil rig explosion

By Gene Johnson | Oct 1, 2015

Some New Orleans real estate and landowners are suing BP Exploration and Production Inc. over damages they believe were inflicted to their respective properties by the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig.

Andrea Bucaro, Marlene Durel, Lalla Bossetta Real Estate LLC and Lalla Real Estate LLC filed a lawsuit June 8 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana against BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Co. and Transocean Ltd., claiming economic loss from the explosion that occurred in April 2010, resulting in an oil spill and related occurrences including the cleanup efforts.

In the lawsuit, Andrea Bucaro claims the damage from the explosion and spill reduced her Lakeshore Drive home from an Oct. 3, 2006, appraisal of $3.15 million to a $1.2 million sale price on Aug. 25, 2010. Durel, owner of a waterfront property located at Pass Chef Menteur, claims more than $130,000 worth of damages from the explosion, spill and cleanup efforts.

Bucaro is seeking $1.95 million, Durel is seeking $134,400 in property damages and Lalla Bossetta Real Estate LLC is claiming an economic loss in the amount of $56,310 to $123,901.80 from the explosion, oil spill and cleanup efforts. They are represented by New Orleans-based attorney Ann B. Steinhardt.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-01970-CJB-SS

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