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ExxonMobil settles negligence lawsuits

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More than three years after an explosion at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery, ExxonMobil Corp. has settled negligence lawsuits filed by the parents of two workers who were killed and six others who were injured in the 17 April 2013 blast.

A court order signed 10 May 2016 resolves claims filed by the parents of the deceased and injured workers, attorneys with Beaumont-based Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP, announced. The initial lawsuits were filed following the explosion and fire that occurred at a heat exchanger unit inside the ExxonMobil refinery. The injured workers and families of those who died argued that ExxonMobil did not take reasonable steps to warn the workers of the presence of hydrocarbons, inspect the equipment or adequately maintain the premises given the dangerous conditions that were present at the plant, which processes 344 500 bpd of oil.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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