Houston-based Pappa's Restaurants File Oil Suit

Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the mess.

Pappas Restaurants Inc. filed a lawsuit aganist British Petroleum, Halliburton and Cameron International last Thursday, May 13, in Galveston County Court No. 2, according to The Southeast Texas Record. The restaurant empire is seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as a jury trial, which will likely benefit them if it takes place in Galveston.

On May 5, Jim Gossen of Lousiana Seafood discussed the possibility that the oil spill could affect Gulf fishing for years to come. But at that point, it was too early to gauge the level of damage that had been done when a Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded on April 20, killing 11 people and opening a breach in the pipeline that is currently leaking anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico's waters.

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