First pre-trial hearing held Monday for 530 TPC explosion-related lawsuits

First pre-trial hearing held Monday for 530 TPC explosion-related lawsuits

Court proceedings started on Monday in the first pre-trial hearing related to the TPC Group facility explosion in Port Neches.

Judge Courtney Arkeen presided over the first hearing about 10 months after the plant exploded in late November 2019.

Arkeen told 12News Monday allowed lawyers on both sides to meet and talk about logistics.

As of October 5, there are 530 individual lawsuits filed.

Judge Arkeen presides over the 128th district court in Orange County. You may be wondering why she is handling the hearings since the explosion happened in Jefferson County.

First, there are several lawsuits involved. For example, Brent Coon & Associates will represent more than 1,000 plaintiffs.

“The explosion impacted the bulk of the Mid-County region, the blast radius caused the evacuation of many thousands of people. A lot of properties were damaged,” Coon said.

Lawyer Mark Sparks is also working with a number of those affected by the explosion.

TPC’s attorneys asked the Texas Supreme Court for a request to consolidate all the claims to one district judge to ensure the cases are all handled the same.

A multi-district litigation panel ruled over the summer to allow that to happen, and Arkeen was appointed.

Arkeen told 12News she’ll handle the pre-trial matters, and then she’ll send the lawsuits back to the original courts for trial.

“So what Judge Arkeen does is she works all of the cases up for trial, so what does that mean? She handles challenges to experts, motions for summary judgement issues regarding preservation of evidence,” Sparks said.

Sparks and Coon say the process means they’ll work together to gather evidence and find out what happened on that November night nearly a year ago.

search

our offices

  • Beaumont Office

    215 Orleans St.
    Beaumont, TX 77701

  • Houston Office

    300 Fannin St.
    Suite 300
    Houston, TX 77002

  • Burbank Office

    4111 W. Alameda Avenue
    Suite 611
    Burbank, California 91505

  • Denver Office

    3801 E. Florida Ave.
    Suite 905
    Denver, CO 80210-2500

  • Philadelphia Office

    1500 Walnut Street
    Suite 2000
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Nashville Office

    1102 17th Avenue, South
    Suite 305
    Nashville, TN 37212

FROM THE BLOG

DUI Driver Kills Pedestrian in Houston Hit-and-Run Accident

A driver hit and killed a pedestrian in a Houston hit-and-run accident on Monday, October 26. The driver was later apprehended by the authorities and found to be under the influence of alcohol. According to the details shared by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at Westheimer and Fountain View.…

Teaching Others About Road Safety

Some drivers take it as a personal responsibility to teach others on the road about road safety. Now some drivers can and do have an obligation to teach others such as adult guardians or parents of teenagers learning to drive. Others however take it too far or an issue faced citations or slap stickers directly…

First pre-trial hearing held Monday for 530 TPC explosion-related lawsuits

Court proceedings started on Monday in the first pre-trial hearing related to the TPC Group facility explosion in Port Neches. Judge Courtney Arkeen presided over the first hearing about 10 months after the plant exploded in late November 2019. Arkeen told 12News Monday allowed lawyers on both sides to meet and talk about logistics. As…