Fishermen Can Recover In Tampa Bay Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (June 17, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court has handed a victory to a group of commercial fishermen who alleged Mosaic Fertilizer LLC had polluted Tampa Bay, ruling that the fishermen can claim damages for their resulting loss of income.

The 5-1 decision by the state's high court Thursday that the fishermen are entitled to such recoveries under state law even if they do not own any property damaged by the 2004 pollution came after two lower courts had dismissed the putative class action.

The court also found that Florida...
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