On May 28, 2013, a lawsuit was filed against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and other defendants on behalf of a number of Mayflower residents who were impacted by the March 29 rupture of the Pegasus pipeline. The lawsuit, filed by the Hare Wynn Newell & Newton law firm, is different from the class action filed in April 2013 in that it states individual claims on behalf of the individually named plaintiffs in the complaint. These Mayflower oil spill attorneys are invested in doing what they can to help reverse what damage has been done.
A copy of the complaint can be found here. A number of causes of action are alleged in the complaint, including violation of the Arkansas Solid Waste Management Act; strict liability for conducting an ultra-hazardous activity; negligence on the part ExxonMobil, its representatives, and others in connection with both the operation of the pipeline and development of the Northwoods neighborhood in such close proximity to the pipeline; nuisance; trespass; and violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The complaint also asserts claims against ExxonMobil and others for their actions in the clean-up of the oil spill.
The damages alleged on behalf of the individual plaintiffs named in the complaint include damage to real and personal property; economic and business losses; loss of property value; loss of rental value; loss of enjoyment of property; out-of-pocket expenses related to the oil spill; medical expenses; mental suffering; pain and suffering; physical injuries; anxiety and stress as a result of the oil spill; discomfort and annoyance; and fear of future disease as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals related to the spill.
Finally, the lawsuit seeks punitive damages against ExxonMobil and other defendants as a result of conduct that they knew “would naturally and probably result in injury or damages” but that they took such actions “with malice and/or in reckless disregard of the consequences” to the Plaintiffs, as well as an injunction to prevent ExxonMobil from pumping tar sands oil through the Pegasus pipeline in the city of Mayflower in the future.
The filing of the May 28 lawsuit does not prevent other Mayflower residents who have been affected by the oil spill or its clean-up from pursuing their own individual claims, and those who have been impacted are still encouraged to seek legal advice from Mayflower oil spill attorneys. Lawsuits such as the one filed by the Hare Wynn law firm can be amended to include additional plaintiffs, or additional lawsuits may be filed on behalf of others who have been impacted by the oil spill. However, unlike the class action lawsuit, it is important that persons wishing to pursue a lawsuit contact an attorney to represent their individual interests.
As Arkansas-based law firms, Hare Wynn Newell & Newton and Johnson & Vines are dedicated to serving the Mayflower, AR members of this May 28, 2013 lawsuit, or those wishing to be represented or included in the lawsuit. Insult should not be added to injury by having your search for legal representation be an arduous battle. Contact Hare Wynn Newell & Newton today.