Organizations Come Together in Support of Legislation to Protect Victims of BP's Gulf Gusher

July 20, 2010

(New Orleans, LA) More than twenty organizations, ranging from national civil rights groups to local grass roots community organizations, have signed on to support the proposed Gulf Coast Oil Spill Legal Liabilities and Claims Act of 2010, which would protect the legal rights of parties who have suffered financial losses or economic hardship as a result of the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon and the massive oil spill that has followed.

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20 July, 2010

                                                                      For more information, contact:
                                                                           Tracie Washington…504.872.9134                       

Introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), and co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Legal Liabilities and Claims Act of 2010 would: 

  • Preclude any legal releases and agreements from extinguishing or limiting tort liability for harm arising from the oil spill if the legal release or agreement was entered into under coercion or duress or was entered into in exchange for any benefit other than a settlement of pending claims;
  • Preserve the Gulf Coast States' right to sue BP and other responsible parties in state court rather than risk the removal of cases to federal court, as current law provides, 
  • Amend the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) and preserve the Gulf States' right to sue BP and other liable parties under state law.  

"None of the people who have been harmed should be denied their right to compensation because they were pressured to sign a release form when they had no way of knowing their legal rights or how much they had been harmed.  Furthermore, the parties responsible for this disaster should not be able to avoid liability by coercing people into giving up their rights after they have lost their livelihoods," the letter in support of the legislation states. 

"We appreciate the continuing support of Congresswoman Waters, who has been a tireless champion of the interests of Gulf Coast residents since Katrina," said Trupania W. Bonner, Executive Director, Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc.

Click here to read the letter. The organizations signing the letter of support are:

 National Urban League

The United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

Zion Travelers Cooperative Center - Phoenix, Louisiana

The North Gulfport Community Land Trust - Gulfport, Mississippi

Davida Finger, Esq., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

David Underhill - Mobile, Alabama

Portersville Revival Group - Coden, Alabama

V.O.T.E. (Voice of the Ex-Offender) - New Orleans, Louisiana

Equity and Inclusion Campaign - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NAACP - Biloxi, Mississippi Branch - Biloxi, Mississippi

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice - New Orleans, Louisiana

Mayday NOLA - New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana Bayoukeeper, Inc. - Barataria, Louisiana

Restaurant Opportunities Center - New Orleans, Louisiana

Clarence Roby, Jr., Esq. - New Orleans, Louisiana

Alliance Institute - New Orleans, Louisiana

Interfaith Worker Justice - New Orleans, Louisiana

Gulf Coast Coalition for Social & Economic Justice - New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana Oyster Association - Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Urban League of Greater New Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana

Total Community Action - New Orleans, Louisiana

The Praxis Project/Katrina Information Network - Washington, DC

Women's Health & Justice Initiative - New Orleans, Louisiana
Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative - New Orleans, Louisiana

Mennonite Central Committee--New Orleans, Louisiana   

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund - Gulfport, Mississippi

Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc. - Slidell, Louisiana

Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities - Jackson, Mississippi

Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement - New Orleans, Louisiana

Center for Environmental and Economic Justice --Biloxi, Mississippi

Safe Streets-Strong Communities

OneStop Business Institute, Inc. - Mobile, Alabama

Louisiana Justice Institute - New Orleans, Louisiana


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