Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana | MDL 2179
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico causing the deaths of 11 workers on the rig. It also caused oil to begin pouring into the Gulf of Mexico which continued for months before the well could be successfully capped.
The oil spill, and the inability of those who are at fault to stop the spill from continuing, damaged the fishery eco-system and caused numerous rental cancellations of condos, charter boats, and the like; and, substantial financial losses to innocent fishermen, oyster harvesters, business owners, boat owners and crews, managers and others. BP and other responsible parties should ultimately be held legally responsible for such losses.
Cunningham Bounds, LLC has filed many lawsuits in Alabama and Florida on behalf of different groups that have been damaged as a result of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the oil spill.
Litigation in this case is ongoing. To date, the firm represents thousands of clients in this case.
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. et al. v. Caterpillar Inc. et al. | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-900126 c/w 02-CV-2010901073 — The firm achieved a $46 million settlement in a product liability case involving the failure of a single marine engine. The settlement came one week before the scheduled jury trial and six years after the engine failure. Bender Shipbuilding entered into a contract with Seacor Marine, LLC for the construction of a series of state-of-the-art vessels, including the M/V Sherman. The contract price for the M/V Sherman was almost $27 million. While the vessel was still under construction, one of its 3516B Caterpillar marine engines threw a rod during routine testing, causing a massive fire that burned the ship to its hull.
Farley, et al. v. Residential Funding, Homeowners Loan Corp., Laredo National Bank, et al. | United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Western Division | Case No. 7:06-CV-1864 — A class action on behalf of residential mortgage borrowers who alleged violations of TILA, HOEPA and RESPA in connection with the closing of their mortgage loans. Specifically, the case alleged that certain closing fees were inflated and should have been classified as finance charges under federal consumer protection laws. On April 30, 2008, the Court approved a $10,000,000 settlement of the claims, and the case was dismissed.