Alabama Restaurant Association partnering with Beasley Allen Law firm to offer legal representation for its members damaged by BP Oil Spill

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (September 24, 2010)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has been hired by the Alabama Restaurant Association (ARA) to provide legal counsel to businesses suffering as a result of the BP oil spill. Restaurants and other hospitality industry businesses have lost and unfortunately continue to lose significant revenue as a result of the oil spill, which severely impacted the availability and pricing of commercial seafood, and crippled the tourist industry at the beginning of its peak season.

“Initially we, as many of you, were hopeful that BP would fully and fairly compensate your losses through the claims process,” writes ARA President Lawrence M. Fidel, CAE, in a letter to his membership. “Unfortunately, the BP claims process has miserably failed to live up to these expectations as reflected through the outright denial of claims based on arbitrary rules such as how close the location of a business is to the Gulf Coast. Many of our members not in proximity to the coast have been and continue to be affected financially as a result of the oil spill.”

Beasley Allen has established a phone number and website specifically for members of the Alabama Restaurant Association, where its staff will be available to answer questions and respond to any inquiries without any pressure that ARA members select the firm for legal representation.

“BP, Feinberg and the GCCF are all one in the same, regardless of what they claim. The new GCCF process is no more fair than the old one. Restaurants and the hospitality industry in this state have taken a beating over the oil disaster and these businesses deserve full compensation, not pennies on the dollar for clear losses they have suffered,”  says Rhon Jones, head of Beasley Allen’s Toxic Torts section.

Beasley Allen has filed a number of lawsuits in District Courts in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to help protect businesses and individuals harmed by the oil spill.  Complaints have been filed on behalf of a broad range of clients including commercial fishing businesses, retail establishments, the restaurant industry, real estate management companies, property owners, persons suffering personal injuries and others.

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