SOURCE: Milberg LLP

June 17, 2010 17:02 ET

Milberg LLP Announces the Filing of a Class Action Against BP, Transocean, Anadarko, and Others for the Devaluation and Invasion of Florida Property as a Result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) -  The law firm of Milberg LLP has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Florida homeowners and Florida lessees of real property whose enjoyment of the property has been impaired by, and/or whose properties have declined in value as a result of, the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, fire and resultant oil spill (the "Class"). As alleged in the complaint, the fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, its sinking, and the resulting oil spill, were caused by the negligence of Defendants; and the resultant oil spill, and Defendants' inadequate response has caused, and will continue for some time to cause, severe environmental and economic damage, including devaluation and invasion of real and personal property.

The action, numbered 2:10-CV-00380, is pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Ft. Myers Division, against defendants BP, p.l.c., BP America, Inc., BP Products North America, Inc, BP America Production Company, BP Exploration & Production Inc., Transocean, Ltd., Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. Transocean Deepwater, Inc., Transocean Holdings, LLC, Triton Asset Leasing GmbH, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Anadarko E&P Company LP, Moex Offshore 2007, LLC and Cameron International Corporation ("Defendants").

The complaint, filed on June 17, 2010, alleges negligence, negligence per se, private nuisance, trespass, strict liability under Florida's Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, and strict liability for abnormally dangerous, ultrahazardous activities.

According to the complaint, Defendants knew of the inherent dangers in ultra deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and yet repeatedly chose risky procedures in order to reduce costs, and made minimal efforts to contain the added risk. Among other allegations, the complaint alleges that the Defendants put safety above profits and saved millions of dollars by not producing necessary engineering documents; by not installing a safety acoustic switch used on many other rigs; by ignoring safety protocols and accelerating the cementing process; by ignoring signs that the blow-out preventer ("BOP"), a key safety device for offshore wells, was severely damaged and unable to work properly; and by not installing key sensors that could have shut down the rig engine before it revved out of control and exploded.

The complaint charges that despite a history of safety violations, BOP problems, and previous oil spills, and internal reports that warned Defendants of poor BOP reliability in deep waters, Defendants took dangerous shortcuts and further exacerbated the problem by downplaying the severity of the oil spill and otherwise responding inadequately to the unfolding disaster. As a result of Defendants' negligence, Plaintiff and the Class Members face a devaluation of their property, due to oil that has been and will continue to wash ashore in the Florida coastal zones, and repugnant and unbearable odor and fumes from the oil which have caused nausea and breathing irritation to Florida residents.

The complaint has been filed as a class action and can be obtained from the Court or viewed on Milberg LLP's website www.milberg.com. No class has yet been certified, and there can be no guarantee that a class will be certified.

You do not need to contact any lawyer to participate as an absent class member in a class action. If you do not retain your own lawyer and if this action is certified as a class action, you will be represented as an absent class member by court-appointed class counsel. If you have been impacted by the oil spill disaster and have any questions you may contact the attorneys listed below.

About Milberg
Milberg LLP was a member of the Plaintiffs' Coordinating Committee and co-chair of the Plaintiffs' Law Committee in the massive litigation resulting from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in March 1989. Milberg has been representing individual and institutional investors for over 40 years and serves as lead counsel in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Please visit the Milberg website (http://www.milberg.com) for more information about the firm.

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  • Milberg LLP (Florida)
    Christopher Polaszek, Esq.
    Corporate Center One
    2202 N. Westshore Blvd.,
    Suite 200
    Tampa, FL 33607
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    Andrei Rado, Esq.
    Elizabeth Metcalf, Esq.
    One Pennsylvania Plaza, 48th Floor
    New York, NY 10119

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