FL Supreme Court says tourism and sea-related companies can sue polluters of public waters

Floridians & Gulf Oil Spill, ABC Channel 20 WCJB North Central Florida, Jun 18th 2010:

A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday may have significant implications for future legal action against BP...

The Court overturned a ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeals, by saying that commercial fishermen in Hillsborough County can sue and recover damages from a fertilizer company that polluted the public waters they fish, even though the anglers have no ownership rights in those waters. ...

Floridians that argue the spill, though in public waters, affects livelihoods such as fishing, tourism, and other sea-related commerce, will have the state's backing in those claims against BP.


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