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More than 130,000 plaintiffs joined the federal court lawsuit against companies involved in last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to the Mobile Press-Register. The disaster killed 11 workers and dumped about 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean. Plaintiffs include individuals such as boat operators and clean-up workers; businesses from cruise lines to real estate agencies; and a spectrum of government agencies. They are attempting to recover damages from a number of companies linked to the oil spill including BP, Transocean and Halliburton, among others. Although the deadline to join the federal suit has passed, those who were inadequately compensated or not compensated at all for their participation in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program should contact the experienced maritime lawyers at Long & Long, for a free case evaluation. VOO was designed to employ otherwise out-of-work boat operators in the clean-up efforts. Boat owners were to be available to BP 24 hours a day, with BP promising to decontaminate boats, provide protective gear, and pay for standby time and work-related damages to boat owners’ vessels. So far, about 100 boat owners who participated in VOO have filed suit against BP, alleging the oil company broke several promises. If you’re a boat owner who joined VOO but did not receive proper compensation, it’s critical to discuss your case with a Vessels of Opportunity attorney. Companies linked to the oil spill are seeking to limit their liabilities in relation to both the federal case and other lawsuits. If you live in Alabama and you were not compensated as promised for your participation in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program, please contact the Mobile attorneys at Long & Long.

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