With the oil spill now devastating businesses all over the Gulf Coast, BP has repeatedly said it would make good on all legitimate claims of loss. Here is one more to add to BP's list. Famed New Orleans Chef Susan Spicer is suing the oil company for losses to her restaurant business due to the spill. Although she is a highly regarded and well-known chef, Ms. Spicer is also a small business owner who, like the fisherman and others who earn a living from the sea in Louisiana, has seen her business decline in the wake of the oil contamination.
According to a report by Reuters, Spicer is suing BP as the owner of her restaurant, Bayona, in New Orleans' French Quarter, and is also seeking class-action status on behalf of restaurants and others in the seafood industry. Spicer's suit states, "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). Because this chain of delivery cannot be maintained, plaintiff's business has been, and continues to be, materially damaged."