Attorney Brian Beckcom Holds Press Conference on October 10 to Discuss the Untold Story Behind Captain Phillips

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Brian Beckcom and his law firm represent approximately half the crew of the Maersk Alabama crewmembers, who claim the Somali pirate hijacking should have been prevented.

On October 11, Captain Phillips will open in movie theatres across America. The film tells the story of a brave sea captain, portrayed by Tom Hanks, who protected his crew against dangerous Somali pirates. The movie is based on a true story, but allegedly gets the facts wrong.

Nationally recognized attorney Brian Beckcom believes that, while the movie may be entertaining, it ignores the true heroes. “I want moviegoers to know that the true heroes are the Navy Marksmen and Navy personnel who bailed out the shipping company and Captain Phillips, and the brave crewmembers who fought back against the pirates.”

For over two and a half years, approximately half the crew have been in a legal battle, (according to Alabama 02-CV-2012-900747-90, which was filed in Circuit Court of Mobile County and Texas 2009-64336, which was filed in 164th Harris County District Court), attempting to reveal the true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking. However, Maersk, Waterman, and Richard Phillips have all filed motions to gag the crew’s lawyers and hidden sworn testimony and official documents from the public eye.

The reason behind this is not known; however, all parties agree on the basic facts: according to the lawsuit, as well as ABC News, in April 2009, cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama was sailing along the coast of Africa when it was hijacked by pirates. The captain of the ship, Richard Phillips, was taken hostage on a small lifeboat and finally rescued by members of the U.S. Navy days later.

While this event certainly makes for an exciting movie, nine of the crewmembers have filed a lawsuit (Alabama 02-CV-2012-900747-90, Texas 2009-64336) stating that pirate hijacking would have never taken place if not for the negligence of the captain, shipping company, and ship operator.

“Our firm is speaking out on behalf of the men and women who are often forgotten about on these ships,” said Brian Beckcom, the Texas attorney representing the nine crew members. “The brave crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama were terrorized. But they fought back against the pirates, even though their only weapons were pipes and spoons and makeshift items while the pirates had machine guns.”

The lawsuit (Alabama 02-CV-2012-900747-90, Texas 2009-64336), which is slated to go to trial in December, argues that the shipping company should have had more security measures in place and that the boat should have never been so close to the Somali coast to begin with. According to the lawsuit as well as ABC news, at the time of the hijacking, the boat was less than 300 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia, even though the US Maritime Administration and NATO had recently issued warnings to go no closer than 600 nautical miles from shore due to the threat of pirate attacks—and even though there had been multiple piracy incidents in the days and weeks before the Alabama was taken.

In order to better inform the public about the truth behind Captain Phillips, as well as discuss the details of the lawsuit, Brian Beckcom will be holding a press conference at the office of VB Attorneys at 12 Noon Central on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

To learn more about the Somali pirate hijacking lawsuit, visit


Case Numbers:
Alabama 02-CV-2012-900747-90, Circuit Court of Mobile County
Texas 2009-64336, 164th Harris County District Court

About VB Attorneys:

Located in Houston, Texas but serving clients nationwide, the attorneys at VB Attorneys handle a wide variety of cases, including car accidents, work accidents, wrongful death claims, marine injury cases, railroad injuries, and dangerous product injuries. Brian Beckcom and his partner Vuk Vujasinovic have been recognized repeatedly as two of the nation’s most well-respected personal injury lawyers.

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