A jury in Texas has found in favor of ten Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against BP North America Inc. The workers who filed the suit claimed that the oil company released toxic chemicals into the air around its refinery in Texas City. The jury awarded a total of $100 million by the verdict. In the case, Garner v. BP Products North America, Inc., the Plaintiffs were among dozens of employees treated for sore throats and dizziness associated with exposure to the toxic chemicals in March and April, 2009. As we have reported, BP’s refinery had a poor safety record, including a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people and injured 170. That is a reality that can’t be disputed. The Plaintiffs contended that BP failed to take adequate steps to remedy the problems caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals.
Not surprisingly, BP denied the Plaintiffs’ allegations. But, the Texas jury found the oil and gas giant at fault, awarding each of the ten Plaintiffs $10 million in punitive damages, and between $5,000 and $244,000 per person in compensatory damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Hopefully, BP has learned a lesson that will result in safety becoming a top priority for the company.
Source: VerdictSearch Texas
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