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Ohio County Circuit Court Awards $18 Million to Family of Man Killed in Explosion

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgThe Circuit Court of Ohio County has awarded $18 Million to the family of a man killed in an explosion at a Tyler County oil and gas operation in 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Bruce Phipps, 56, was killed due to negligence of companies that were involved in operating the Eureka-Hunter Pipeline, LLC Twin Hickory pig launching and receiving station.

The lawsuit named Eureka-Hunter Pipeline, LLC, Transtex Hunter, LLC, Apex Pipeline Services, Inc., Triad Hunter, LLC, Exterran Energy Solutions, LP, Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and Western Oilfields Supply Company, Inc. dba Rain For Rent as defendants.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed after Worker Died of ‘Toxic Fly Ash’ Inhalation

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgKnoxville attorney Jim Scott has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of widow and brother of Mike Shelton who was killed after being “illegally induced to inhale vast amount of toxic fly ash.”

According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the deceased’s widow Angie Shelton and brother Ricky Dean Shelton, Mike developed lung cancer after working with the coal-ash spill cleanup crew at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

The lawsuit claims that Jacobs Engineering Group’s safety contractors were aware that the fly ash was toxic but they did not take necessary steps to ensure health and safety of the workers.

The plaintiffs are seeking $18 million in compensatory damages and 10% of last year’s revenue as punitive damages.