Susan Spicer, executive chef of Bayona, one of New Orleans's most acclaimed restaurants, filed a class-action lawsuit last week against BP on behalf of Bayona Corp. and other businesses similarly affected by the oil spill.
A key excerpt from the suit:
Much of Plaintiff’s business is based on the unique quality of Louisiana seafood, as well as the chain of delivery of that resource from the initial harvester (be it fisherman, oyster grower, or shrimper) either directly to Plaintiff or through processors with whom Plaintiff has long-standing relationships. In order to maintain the level of seafood quality required and expected by Plaintiff and its patrons, this chain of delivery is essential. Because this chain of delivery can not be maintained, Plaintiff’s business has been, and continues to be, materially damaged.
Reuters reported that Spicer and local businesses also expect to lose business due to lack of tourism and consumer fears of oil-drenched seafood.
BP spokesman Mark Salt said BP doesn't comment on litigation.