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OSHA levies fines against TPC, alleges willful violations

TPC Group faces $514,692 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is accused of three willful violations — the most severe and rare category used by the agency — after OSHA concluded its investigation into the Nov. 27 plant explosion in Port Neches. OSHA announced its conclusions Wednesday, giving some of the…

Brentwood Entertainment Complex: Facility open to general public during pandemic

  The Country Club of Texas golf facility in Beaumont is opening to outdoor park use for the residents of Jefferson County during the shelter in place practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The golf course has 5 miles of paved sidewalks and 150 acres of land with an abundance of trees, landscaping, ponds, and…

Brent Coon and Associates Law Firm wins $1.3M Railroad Worker Verdict

  Following an eight-day jury trial in Visalia, CA, a Tulare County jury awarded Dennis Jordan $1.3M in damages. The case was tried by Brent Coon and Associate’s (BCA) California counsel James Morris and concluded March 01, 2020.  The case was filed against his employer, Union Pacific, under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The…

Attorney Brent Coon comments on Jefferson County seeking other remedies on TPC Group

The next Town Hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30PM. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Port Neches, located at 700 Central Drive, Port Neches, TX 77651. Thursday, February 27, 2020: As much as half the fines expected to be collected from TPC Group for eight…

Brent Coon & Associates – Other Law Firms fight venue change for TPC case

Jefferson County law firms representing clients impacted by the Nov. 27 explosion at TPC Group in Port Neches are fighting a motion by the company they say could move their civil claims cases to another jurisdiction. The company, represented by Baker Botts, filed a motion in January to pause all court activities involving the case…

New Developments In The Harvey Addicks And Barker Reservoir Case

A decision was announced on December 17, 2019  by the Judge in reservoir litigation in the United States court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. The decision followed a 10 day trial that was held in Houston, TX starting May 6, 2019. This was the very first trial of the first 13 “test” or “bellwether”…

BCA represents widow of first TPC related death

The widow of a man who is the first and potentially only person to have reportedly died as a result of the TPC Group explosion is announcing her intent to sue the company. Darlene Fontenot’s husband Trent had a heart attack shortly after last week’s blast, according to Attorney Brent Coon. She was one of…

As Mid County residents return home, officials warn of debris & asbestos concerns

Asbestos at the plant was compromised during TPC plant explosions and fires Author: KBMT Published: 11:24 AM CST November 29, 2019 Updated: 11:24 AM CST November 29, 2019 PORT NECHES, Texas — Jefferson County Emergency Management officials have lifted an evacuation order for the four-mile radius surrounding the TPC plant in Port Neches. But they…

Evacuations remain for Port Neches, Groves, Nederland after explosions at TPC Group plant

Fire continues to burn in Port Neches after Wednesday’s explosions and massive fire. Author: KHOU 11 Staff, Associated Press, Matt Dougherty Published: 2:26 PM CST November 27, 2019 Updated: 7:36 AM CST November 28, 2019 PORT NECHES, Texas — Two explosions rocked the the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, Texas, on Wednesday, leading to…

Chemical Explosion at Kuraray American Injures 21 – Brent Coon & Associates Promises Changes

May 19, 2018 – Pasadena, TX – A fire and explosion occurred at the Kuraray America chemical plant in Pasadena early Saturday morning, injuring at least 21 workers while several burn victims required airlifting to local hospitals.  The blast apparently occurred when the hazardous and highly flammable chemical ethylene began to leak from a malfunctioning…

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Trucking Company Can’t Be Sued For Trucker’s Death, Says Court

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled in a lawsuit that the family of a deceased truck driver can’t sue the trucking company where he was employed. The driver died after being coerced by the company to overwork, resulting in fatigue. He died when he fell asleep behind the wheel and ran into the accident. The…

Minimizing Arguments During Settlement Negotiations

Now that people have wider access to information, they’re learning that car insurance settlements are part of a negotiation process. Years ago, it used to be that you just accepted whatever check came your way. Now people know that they need to negotiate for a higher settlement if they want to recover all the damages…

TPC lawsuits finally allowed to proceed through consolidation order to local Judge Courtney Arkeen; 128th District Court Judge

TPC lawsuits finally allowed to proceed through consolidation order to local Judge Courtney Arkeen, 128th District Court Judge, Orange County, Texas.  The explosions ripping through the TPC plant last November resulted in the total destruction of the facility and massive damage to surrounding properties.  Evacuation orders and rolling shelter in place advisories continued for weeks…