PORT NECHES, Texas — Lawyers have filed more than 500 individual lawsuits since the TPC explosion. One year after the explosions, litigation is in early stages, with pre-trial hearings happening jointly in Orange County, which allows lawyers on both sides to talk about logistics. This week, TPC Group said the company has settled more than…

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The nearly year-ago explosion at the TPC Group’s chemical plant in Port Neches that blew out windows, front doors, brought ceilings tumbling down in hundreds of homes and ruined Thanksgiving weekend for thousands was mostly a Jefferson County event. But don’t’ tell that to 128th District Court Judge Courtney Arkeen. Her office is overseeing the hundreds…

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Like most folks in Port Neches in the early morning of Nov. 27, 2019, Walter Holt was asleep when the explosion at the TPC Group plant shook him from his bed. The ignited vapor cloud and resulting fires were enough to shake up most people who lived as close to the plant as Holt. But…

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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…

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TPC pretrial

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…

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