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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