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Delek facing litigation after refinery explosion

The first lawsuit has been filed in connection to last month's explosion at an East Texas refinery. One person died and three people had to go to the hospital after the explosion at Delek Refining in Tyler. One of those workers, Jim Hammett, is still in critical condition in Dallas. Today, KLTV 7's Danielle Capper got her hands on […]

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Toxicity in FEMA Trailers Blamed on Cheap Materials, Low Construction Standards

High levels of formaldehyde found in trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina evacuees on the Gulf Coast probably resulted from cheap wood and poor ventilation in designs used by manufacturers under permissive government standards, federal scientists reported yesterday. An analysis by researchers for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that four Katrina trailers emitted the toxic chemical at […]

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Chemical explosion eyed in BP death

Chemical explosion eyed in BP death TEXAS CITY — The federal investigator who led a two-year probe of deadly explosions at BP’s Texas City refinery in 2005 is on his way to the facility again after the company said a chemical explosion may have led to the death of an employee Monday. Earlier reports suggested […]

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Federal Judge Orders CEO Deposed in BP Cases

U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent ordered BP’s top executive to give a deposition to attorneys representing workers injured in the March 2005 blasts at the company’s Texas City facility. The deposition of John Browne is for the 52 cases filed in federal court and is separate from a still-contested deposition sought in cases filed […]

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Lawsuit Claims Ship Operators Exposing Workers to Asbestos

Employees on some ships operated by a Houston firm are constantly exposed to asbestos dust that seeps from bulkheads and ceilings, two workers claim in a federal lawsuit filed here. Frank Owens, 29, of Galveston and Louis Buckner, 43, of Silsbee are asking U.S. District Judge Sam Kent to keep Horizon Offshore Contractors Inc. from […]

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Records point to an internal debate at BP

TEXAS CITY — Publicly, BP Texas City officials say they are confident that the main flare used during a massive emissions event in 2010 met federal standards and that the volume of emissions was not greater than the company reported to regulators, despite a 2007 study that questioned the flare’s efficiency. However, court depositions and company […]

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Litigator of the Week

In his first solo trial, lawyer Chris Leavitt recently won $261,724.51 for his client Caribbean United Church. But it's a question jurors asked the Houston trial judge during deliberations that especially pleases Leavitt: Could they award the plaintiff more damages than it had sought? The dispute between the church and its insurer and agent began […]

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BP money flows into Pinellas County

Spring Break is over, and tons of money is still rolling into Pinellas County, but now it is as a result of the 2010 BP oil spill. "A lot of the significant sums are now being paid," Houston attorney Tony Buzbee told FOX 13 News. Buzbee represents thousands of plaintiffs, including more than 100 in […]

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Sudie’s Catfish & Seafood, Inc. Settles Oil Spill Claim

HOUSTON, March 1, 2012 – The family-owned Sudie’s Catfish & Seafood, Inc. has successfully resolved its claim related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, The Buzbee Law Firm announced today. Sudie’s, a seafood restaurant offering catering and banquet facilities, resolved its claim through the Gulf Coast Claims […]

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BP fund Pays Gulf spill victims

BP Plc has paid out more than $5 billion to 204,434 victims of last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said on Tuesday. The payouts amount to roughly 25 percent of the $20 billion fund, known as the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up a year ago following […]

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