BP Oil Spill Litigation
Colson Hicks Eidson Holds Leadership Position on the BP Lawsuit Plaintiff Steering Committee
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also called the BP oil spill) began on April 20th in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was drilling a deep exploratory well over 18,000 feet below sea level in approximately 5,100 feet of water. Methane gas under high pressure from the well shot up the pipes and into the drilling rig. There, it then ignited and exploded, consuming the platform.
The conflagration killed eleven people. Following the explosion and sinking of the rig, oil flowed out onto the sea floor for three months. This continued until it was finally capped on July 15th, making it the largest accidental oil spill in history.
The U.S. Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels, or 210 million gallons.
BP Lawsuit and Claims Status
Gulf Coast property owners, homeowners and business owners suffered great physical and financial damage as a result of BP’s grossly negligent actions. Consequently, they launched a multidistrict civil suit against the British company.
A partner from Colson Hicks Eidson was appointed by Judge Carl Barbier to the National Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the BP oil spill litigation. The Court selected just two attorneys from Florida out of hundreds of applicants.
We were honored to join the 19-person committee created to provide counsel for plaintiffs from many different districts across the southeastern United States.
Our Multidistrict Litigation Attorneys in Florida Handle Cases Nationally
Multidistrict litigation often creates a web of intricate legal issues for clients. Colson Hicks Eidson attorneys have successfully represented clients in class actions throughout the country. At both the federal and state level, they retrieved millions in damages over the years.