Reported By Jonathan Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn.BP on Wednesday launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud, a maneuver known as a "top kill" that has never before been tried 5,000 feet underwater.
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Those who own rental homes in coastal communities are canceling reservations, and there's a long-term worry about the oil disaster's effect on property values.
For some who own property along the Gulf Coast, the problem gets worse the more they worry about losing property value and money they would normally get from renters.
Because of this, Carden Simcox, of Nashville, is suing BP, and thousands of other Tennesseans could end up joining her.
The value of her property has been damaged, and she wants to make sure BP and the other defendants are held accountable for that, said attorney Beth Alexander of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.
Alexander is one of the attorneys representing Simcox, who has filed what may end up being a class-action suit again BP and the owner of the oil rig and several other groups involved in the spill.
The plaintiff owns a beachfront home in Florida and claimed that since the spill, she's lost enjoyment of her property and seen a decrease in rental income and property value.
A judge will decide if class-action status is granted. It isn't clear yet how much in damages those affected might be entitled to.
I think it's undetermined how extensive the damage will be because no one knows how extensive the spill is going to be at this point, said Alexander.
Similar lawsuits have already been filed in other states, including some on behalf of fishermen affected by the spill.
The law firm that prepared the suit in Nashville is the same one currently seeking damages for people affected by the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill in Kingston, Tenn.
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