A group of twenty Mississippi fishermen have filed a federal lawsuit against BP, alleging that BP hired them to help with the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill cleanup but failed to decontaminate their boats or pay them the agreed amount.
Last summer, BP chartered the fishermen’s boats as part of its Vessels of Opportunity Program, which hired over 5,000 personal and commercial fishing boats to help with cleanup from April’s massive oil spill that continued for months. Fishermen in Alabama, Mississippi, and other Gulf Coast states were glad for the work because their normal fishing business was completely disrupted by the spill.
The group of fishermen suing BP claims that the oil company failed to pay them in full for the use of their boats and failed to properly decontaminate the vessels. Because of environmental and food safety regulations, all vessels that were operated in oil must be fully decontaminated before being used for any commercial fishing. Since the fishermen were not able to use their boats until final decontamination, they billed BP for chartering their boats for the entire time the vessels were out of commission. BP has since refused to pay.
This type of case illustrates the need for experienced attorneys of conscience to help protect the Mobile, Alabama and Gulf Coast communities. Long & Long is dedicated to protecting victims of personal injuries and negligence in Alabama, including those harmed by large corporations like BP.
If your livelihood has been negatively affected by the BP Oil Spill, please contact the BP Gulf Oil Spill lawyers of Long & Long today to get an experienced team of attorneys on your side.