Dealer Files Suit; Lost Sales in Oil Spill Cleanup
The owner of an Arkansas recreational vehicle dealership has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, among others, as result of a March 29 oil spill, which the owner says resulted in a steep decline in business.
The suit was filed by Mayflower RV in Faulkner County Circuit Court. The suit names ExxonMobil, Mobil Pipeline Co., ExxonMobil Corp. and four individual pipeline maintenance workers as defendants. The suit claims the defendants were negligent in their operation and maintenance of the Pegasus pipeline.
According to the complaint, Mayflower RV is located on Interstate Drive, next to Interstate 40. It’s the same road that the dealership says was used by and blocked off by the defendants, which resulted in a “significant business disruption and economic losses” to the dealership.
“The police checkpoint, with long lines and tents, stopped traffic up to 25 minutes at times, deterred traffic and customers from visiting Mayflower RV,” the complaint states. “And led to a loss of business for Mayflower RV, including a decrease in RV sales and service.”
Between March 30 and May 30, the RV dealership says sales were down almost 75%, or more than $268,000, from the same period in 2012.
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