Protecting the Responders


We scored another victory for the fishermen! This morning, the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association and its president (and my client), George Barisich, were given the authority to seek a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from Judge Kurt Engelhardt of U.S. District Court, Second District, requiring that BP take responsibility for hazardous chemical exposure safety oversight for all commercial fishermen employed in cleanup and mitigation services related to the spill.

A primary mission of the attorneys working on behalf of the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association is to protect their health and safety and to avoid the disastrous way fishermen were treated during the Exxon Valdez crisis in Alaska. We are thankful this motion has not been denied and the public interest in promoting worker safety and expediting the clean-up of the spill will be served.

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Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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