Remaining Four Cases Settled In BP Trial after Intensive Negotiations
Beaumont , Texas – (July 22, 2008) – Brent Coon stated, “On behalf of the trial plaintiffs, we are pleased to announce that favorable settlement terms were reached on all four cases late last night. While the terms remain confidential, our clients are very pleased with the settlement, which provide some assurances of security for their long term financial and medical needs.
“While we were always confident of a favorable jury verdict, the terms of the settlement provide immediate relief and closure for our clients and avoid the potential for a lengthy appeal.
“On a personal level, settling the case brings mixed emotions. This settlement brings closure to my firm’s active participation on a case that has absorbed an enormous amount of attention and effort over the last 3 years.
“We are proud of the fact that our zealous representation has resulted in the settlement of hundreds of claims handled directly by our office and that our service as Liaison Counsel on behalf of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee has assisted in the resolution of almost all the other cases which were pending in the consolidated proceedings in the 212 th Judicial Court, Galveston, Texas.
“I want to personally thank Judge Susan Criss for undertaking the enormous responsibility of overseeing this highly complicated and unwieldy litigation. She has done an incredibly superb job in managing this litigation and steering it towards a fair disposition to all parties concerned.
“I want to thank the many employees of my firm and the numerous other firms on the plaintiff’s side in the reviewing of the millions of documents and thousands of pages of transcript associated with this case.
“Also, I would like to thank our #1 client, Eva Rowe – who lost both of her parents in this tragedy. At the tender age of 21 she was willing to hold my hand in taking on one of the largest petro-chemical companies in the world. Her brave actions triggered an enormous amount of attention worldwide to the tragedy which will result in a better understanding of what went wrong on that horrible day on March 23 rd, 2005 and reduce the likelihood of this kind of senseless loss of life in the future.
“Finally, I would like to thank the citizens of Galveston County and the 14 who served as jurors, committing two months of their lives in listening to this case. We have the best justice system in the world and this proves that fact yet again.
“Our work in exposing all the facts related to this incident, including our close collaboration with members of investigative bodies involved (DOJ, Chemical Safety And Hazard Investigation Board, OSHA, the Texas Commission On Environmental Quality, the United Steel Workers) and our efforts to the release this information to the public has further enhanced the likelihood that nothing like this will ever happen again.”
Brent Coon & Associates, LLC was the lead counsel in the BP Texas City Explosion of March 23, 2005. The SE Texas firm has built an international reputation of investigating and litigating industrial, refinery and petro-chemical accidents. Working with the Department of Justice, the USW and other organizations, BCA release over 7 million documents to the media concerning refinery safety. Brent Coon and his client Eva Rowe were featured on 60 Minutes and GoodMorning America.
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