Brian Discusses Captain Phillips Case on GMA

With the upcoming release of the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks, Good Morning America reached out to Houston attorney Brian Beckcom to discuss the ongoing lawsuit involving Captain Phillips' crew.

Brian represents nine crewman of the Maersk Alabama who are now suing the ship owner and operator. The seaman are pushing back at the movie's heroic portrayal of Captain Richard Phillips.  They feel that he was responsible for consciously putting them in an area vulnerable to a pirate attack.

In an effort to decrease costs, and despite warnings to stay at least 600 miles out from the coast of Somalia, Phillips took the ship only 250 miles out from the Somalian coast, endangering his crew.  The characterization of Phillips as a hero in the Tom Hanks movie has brought back bad memories for some crew members and a renewed desire for justice.

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