Man sues Motiva over "dangerous steps"

David Yates Jun. 5, 2007, 12:00pm

Glenn Parker IV, slipped and fell on what he claims were dangerous steps at the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur.

Parker claims the oil giant is negligent for the conditions on its premises, and filed a personal injury lawsuit against Motiva Enterprises with the Jefferson County District Court on May 31.

The plaintiff's petition doesn't state how exactly Motiva's steps are "dangerous," only that the company is negligent for failing to warn him "of the dangerous condition of the step."

"Motiva had a duty to either warn Parker of the unreasonably dangerous condition, or make the unreasonably dangerous condition safe," the suit said.

Parker injured himself on Feb. 22, 2006, more than a year ago. He claims he suffered injuries to his foot, ankle and leg, the suit said.

Parker is suing for compensatory, actual and consequential damages, plus interest and attorney fees.

He is represented by attorney Stephen Foster of the Arnold & Itkin law firm.

Parker is demanding a trial by jury. The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court.

Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Refining Inc., refines, distributes, and markets oil products in the eastern and southern U.S. The company is currently in the process of expanding its Port Arthur refinery," the Motiva Web site said.

Case No. B179-410

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