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Temporary Restraining Order Filed in DuPont Gas Leak
|November 14, 2014, 12:03 pm|
Below is a Press Release from November 17th, 2014, 48 hours after the tragic DuPont Gas Leak
On Saturday morning, hazardous gas from the DuPont plant in La Port, Texas, claimed the lives of four workers while injuring one other. Chrystle Rae Wise, local resident and employee of DuPont, was among those tragically killed on the job when deadly Methyl Mercaptan gas apparently leaked. Ms. Wise is survived by her only daughter, Jasmine Rae Wise, who stated, "We suffered a devastating loss of losing Crystle Wise during an on the job accident. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to all the other families affected by this tragedy. We hope that closure will come with answers in future reports. Special thanks to all first responders involved in containment and recovery efforts."
Jasmine, a 34 year old resident of Houston, has retained the Texas based law firm, Brent Coon & Associates, to represent her and the estate. The firm is widely regarded as one of the top law firms in the country and has extensive history of litigation in the petrochemical industry. Several years ago, Brent Coon led a grueling fight against British Petroleum following the 2005 Texas City plant explosion that took the lives of 15 workers, including James and Linda Rowe, the parents of BCA client Eva Rowe. His firm reached a landmark settlement on behalf of Ms. Rowe that included $44 million dollars of charitable contributions dedicated to further worker’s safety and burn treatment protocols. Hundreds of additional claims were ultimately resolved after months in trial. Brent worked directly with multiple investigative agencies, including the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and the Department of Justice, and the incident and ensuing litigation resulted in sweeping reforms to the petrochemical industry.
In addition to filing a TRO to preserve the evidence while investigating the cause of the leak Saturday, Mr. Coon said his law firm has filed suit on behalf of Ms. Wise. “Our first goal is to preserve evidence and initiate our own independent investigation of what transpired. Internal company investigations are usually self-serving and protecting in nature and unreliable, typically pointing the finger at low level employees when the incidents are most often caused by management driven shortcuts”.