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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

VIDEO: DuPont victim's daughter hires Beaumont attorney

Family members of the DuPont chemical leak victims are left searching for answers in the wake of tragedy.

Two days after the catastrophe, Jasmine Wise, the daughter of one of the four victims Crystle Wise, hired Beaumont attorney Brent Coon to bring to light what led to employees being exposed to those deadly fumes.

“What she wants to know is what happened and she was very adamant today that she's not really interested in trying to settle,” Coon said. “She wants to know what happened.”

Watch the Video below. For more information on  DuPont chemical leak lawsuit, click here.

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DuPont Plant Gas Leak Kills Four – Attorney Brent Coon files Temporary Restraining Order Against Dupont

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.

Sunday, U.S. Chemical Safety  & Hazard Investigation  Board spokesman Sandy Gilmour stated a seven-person investigative team led by the agency's director, Daniel Horowitz, had already arrived at the Dupont plant.  Coon’s firm has already been in contact with the agency and advised they will again share whatever evidence is uncovered. 

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”. 

Brent Coon personally penned the “Remember the Fifteen” Bill, introducing it at the Texas State Capitol in efforts to make an entire industry more accountable for its actions.  The firm continues to undertake a high profile position in various petrochemical industry cases and is the largest stakeholder in the BP oil spill litigation, representing over 10,000 clients from Florida to Texas.

“Once again,” said Coon, “we see these companies place their workers in undue harm to pad the bottom line.  And this ‘profits over people’ mentality continues to cause unnecessary and unjust accidents resulting in serious injury or death.”  Mr. Coon envisions pursuing a similar course of action against DuPont.  “We will not only seeking justice for Jasmine and the others harmed from this incident, but  we will keep  the heat on an entire industry.  Hopefully we can use this tragedy as an opportunity to renew our call-to-action for the creation of a state-based OSHA agency for Texas to oversee safety issues at industrial workplaces.” said Coon.  “Texas has the highest workplace injury levels in the country, and this industry needs much greater oversight of their safety and health programs.  It is frankly unconscionable that a company as sophisticated as Dupont would allow any work to be done in a manner that would result in four workers being gassed to death at their facility. Proper protective gear should always be mandated  and utilized when working in any conditions that put a worker at risk to exposure to poison gas.   Unfortunately, many companies still find the use of canaries as a cheaper alternative”.

Read more about Brent Coon Filing a  Temporary Restraining Order Against Dupont

Monday, November 17, 2014

Defective Guardrail Lawsuits.com Now Online

Defective Guardrail Lawsuit.com
BCA is investigating accident lawsuits regarding defective guardrails in which Trinity Industries used cost cutting measures to risk people's lives. A recent whistleblower lawsuit shows ties between defective guardrails to an increase chance of injury and death. Defective Guardrail Lawsuits.com 

BCA has created this new website to keep our clients and referral partners up to date on all news regarding the Defective Guardrail Litigation.

BCA Investigating Xarelto Lawsuits

Xarelto Lawsuits
A link between Xarelto and an increased risk of uncontrolable bleeding has sparked lawsuits around the country. Brent Coon is actively investing lawsuits against the manufacturers of Xarelto. If you have been injured by Xarelto please visit the new Xarelto Lawsuits section of our website.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

GM Recall Death Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana

A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday morning against General Motors on behalf of a Louisiana women who’s mother was killed while driving her General Motors vehicle. On June 13, 2013 wreck, Amy Smith’s, mother, Linda Hilbert, was driving her 2007 Chevrolet HHR when left the roadway and rolled over several time before coming to rest on its side. The vehicle suffered severe damage to the left front side and damage to the roof. Despite being properly belted in the driver’s seat, Linda Hilbert was pronounced dead at the scene by the Coroner of Tangipahopa Parish. The lawsuit alleges the Chevy Cobalt’s ignition switch defect caused loss of control of the vehicle and caused the fatal crash that took this woman’s life.

Read more about this new GM Death Lawsuit

Brent Coon in the News: BP Oil Spill

Non-PSC attorneys feel left out of Deepwater Horizon settlement process

October 30, 2014, 10:02 am
NEW ORLEANS – A group of about 100 attorneys and accountants frustrated by the slow claims process in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case met in a downtown New Orleans hotel Monday to discuss how to jumpstart what appears to have become a hopelessly stalled process.

The meeting was coordinated by Brent Coon & Associates (BCA), a Beaumont, Texas law firm that represents 5,000 claimants. It was attended mainly by representatives of law firms who are not members of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) – the group of lawyers who brokered the massive settlement that arose from the BP oil spill in 2010.

Some plaintiff attorneys say the settlement, beset by allegations of fraud and mismanagement, has become unworkable for those claimants who are not represented by PSC lawyers. The PSC firms, which stand to split a collective $660 million fee for overseeing the settlement, have been accused by some non-PSC lawyers of manipulating the claims process for their own benefit.

While Coon and the others gathered at the meeting were vocal critics of BP for doing its own part to stall the claims process, rifts are appearing within the trial attorneys ranks. Several attorneys on hand for the meeting complained that the PSC firms – which are sworn to represent the rights of all claimants – have disregarded their complaints that the settlement process is at a virtual standstill.

“Our steering committee has not done a very effective job communicating those concerns, either back to the court or back to the claimants,’’ Coon said. “[Our claimants] have no reasonable expectation of getting paid anytime soon; it may be years.’’

Read more about Brent Coon and the BP Oil Spill