Pappas sues BP, others over damage to seafood business

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 19, 2010, 8:29am

GALVESTON - Pappas Restaurants Inc. alleges the Deepwater Horizon explosion caused irrevocable damage to its business and is suing a number of companies including BP, Halliburton and Cameron International.

The Houston-based restaurant chain, which includes a number of seafood restaurants in Southeast Texas, argues that the approximately 200,000 gallons of oil spewing daily from the drilling rig after it exploded off the Louisiana coast April 20 has affected marine life in the Gulf and the plaintiff's ability to make fresh seafood catches.

Pappas filed the lawsuit May 13 in Galveston County Court No. 2

"On balance, the leak caused by the defendants and needlessly perpetuated by the defendants is ruining plaintiff's ability to obtain the necessary food to serve at its restaurants at fair price," the original petition states.

"The plaintiff has seen and will experience a steep increase in costs and a sharp decline in patrons, sales, and overall business as a result of this disaster."

A similar suit was filed in federal court in Louisiana by a group of 10 restaurants and a distributor.

Eleven workers were killed in the blast, and on May 12 a group of crewmen who were aboard the Deepwater Horizon when the blast occurred and survivors of the deceased men filed a $5 million lawsuit in Galveston County against the defendants .

Pappas consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Arnold & Itkin LLP is representing the complainant.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court No. 2 Judge C.G. "Trey" Dibrell III.

Cause No. 62,908

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