PENSACOLA, Florida (WKRG) – Several law firms have filed a joint petition in court dismissing Skanska Federal Court filings attempting to clear themselves of responsibility for the damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge.
Skanska hopes to be relieved and not pay any money. The company has faced more than 100 lawsuits from drivers and business owners on both sides of the bay.
“Skanska did not follow their own Hurricane Preparedness Workplan,” said Sam Geisler. “I mean, this is as red-handed as you can get.”
Geisler works with Alystock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz PLLC, one of many law firms battling Skanksa in court. Others are Levin Papantonio Rafferty, Beggs & Lane, and Zarzaur Law. They are trying to dismiss Skanska’s recent filings in federal courts as the company seeks to get the court to absolve it of all liability.
Skanska wants the federal courts to protect them from any maritime accountability. Lawyers, on the other hand, argue that maritime law does not apply to bridge builders like Skanska.
The closure of the bridge has resulted in companies losing money and closing their doors on both sides of the bridge. Entrepreneurs are upset that Skanska is trying not to be held liable.
“I think it’s completely ridiculous that you think you can go to court and ask for special treatment,” said Anmarie Wright, manager at Gulf Breeze Bait & Tackle. “Any kind of limitation of liability is ridiculous. I don’t have a choice how much money to lose. We lost it. It wasn’t an option for us. For none of these companies was this an option. “
The Pensacola Bay Bridge will reopen the week of March 22nd with some restrictions. It will be fully open again by Memorial Day, according to FDOT.
FDOT announces the gradual reopening of the Pensacola Bay Bridge