Attorney leaves Brent Coon's firm; files address change in wrongful death suit

David Yates Mar. 17, 2011, 4:48am


Plaintiff's attorney Jason Cansler has left the Brent Coon & Associates law firm in Beaumont and started his own firm, the Law Offices of Jason Cansler.

Cansler filed a notice of change of address on Feb. 8 in a suit brought by Willie Rance, the mother of a man killed by a train because there were allegedly inadequate warnings at a hazardous crossing.

As previously reported, Rance filed her suit on Feb. 19, 2009, against Exxon Mobil, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and engineer Louis E. Welch on behalf of her son Calvin Burnett.

Court records show that sometime in February 2008 Burnett was entering the Exxon Mobil facility on U.S. 90 in Beaumont to report for work. As Burnett crossed the tracks owned by Union Pacific, a BNSF train driven by Welch struck him.

He was killed in the collision.

"(Defendants) were negligent in failing to install flashing light signals with gates at this crossing, even though they knew that their duty to do so was not federally pre-empted; they knew it was an extra-hazardous crossing; they knew it had been approved for signals by the state; they knew that there had been a prior accident there; and they knew the visibility was limited," the complaint alleges.

The plaintiff is seeking punitive damages and also wants the companies to lose their Texas business licenses if they fail to promptly comply with terms of any judgment resulting from her lawsuit.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. B183-319

More News