Top New Orleans chef sues BP over seafood losses - Yahoo! News
Susan Spicer, one of New Orleans' most prominent and highly regarded chefs, has sued BP Plc for damages to restaurants that have lost normal seafood supplies because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Here' s her reasoning:
In a complaint filed late Friday in New Orleans federal court, Spicer's lawyer Serena Pollack said the restaurants depend heavily on the availability of local seafood.So what do they want?
Because of the spill, they expect to lose customers because of lower tourism and convention business, contamination fears and significantly higher prices, the 18-page complaint said.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages from BP. It also names as defendants Transocean Ltd, which operated the rig; Cameron International Corp, which provided a blowout preventer; and a Halliburton Co unit that provided cementing services.Someone needs to explain to them that they can't sue for what 'might be' ... maybe they will get Judge Judy to try the case ... while I don't think she will have sympathy for any of the companies named in the suit - I do think she will tell these restaurant owners that they need to wait until there are ACTUAL DAMAGES to sue for compensation for it
I don't mean to sound like I don't support the restaurant owners - its just that in the grand scheme of things, they aren't as effected by all this as much as their suppliers or the rig workers are. How about the families of those lost on the rig? I think they deserve consideration first.
While I'm sure her ... um, heart ... may be in the right place - since she is trying to set this up as a class-action suit naming all restaurants in New Orleans as co-defendants - I think her signt is misplaced. Although it would be interesting to see the financials of her restaurants (the "real"books, not the ones she shows the IRS)