Landry's sues neon lighting companies over Babin's Seafood fire

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 15, 2011, 1:22pm

Babin's Seafood House

GALVESTON – Landry's Restaurants Inc. is seeking close to $1 million from two neon lighting companies for installing a faulty wiring system which caused a fire at one of its eateries in Kemah.

Landry's filed a lawsuit March 4 in Galveston County District Court against Charles Bosone, doing business as Neon Warehouse, and Gillaspia Signs & Neon Inc.

The suit alleges Bosone failed to cover and insulate the lighting's wiring and tubing at Babin's Seafood House. In addition, the suit alleges Gillaspia did not identify issues with the covering, insulation and ground-fault protection transformers.

Landry's argues the faulty system caused a fire at the restaurant in January 2010.

"Stray leakage from the neon outline lighting system on the wall above the patio caused carbon tracking on the wooden building materials, which ultimately resulted in fire," the original petition says.

"As a result, Landry's suffered damages to real and personal property as well as additional expenses for business interruption, cleanup and claim preparation and calculation."

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks approximately $900,000 in monetary damages and a jury trial.

It is represented by Thornton, Biechlin, Segrato, Reynolds & Guerra LC.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia.

Case No. 11-cv-0401

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