ExxonMobil ordered into mediation with flash-burned plaintiff

David Yates Apr. 12, 2012, 8:46am


In October 2010, Mark Feltman, an electrician, sued ExxonMobil, claiming the oil company negligently allowed a flash fire to consume the area where he was working.

On April 10 the judge presiding over the case ordered the parties into mediation, according to a courthouse official.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted a mediation motion filed by Feltman on March 30.

The motion asks that the court appoint Greg Thompson to serve as mediator and that mediation take place on May 14.

Feltman filed the motion on the grounds that logistical difficulties exist in bringing counsel together to explore prospects for settlement.

Feltman filed his suit Oct. 25, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Aug. 12, 2010, Feltman was working as an electrician at ExxonMobil's Beaumont refinery when he was severely burned by a flash fire. He was flown to John Sealy Hospital for treatment.

The suit does not state how the fire started but does accuses ExxonMobil of negligently failing to provide Feltman with a safe place to work and of failing to inspect and maintain its premises.

Because of the incident, Feltman is suing for past and future mental anguish, pain, medical expenses and lost wages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown is representing Feltman.

Beaumont attorney George Bean represents ExxonMobil.

Case No. A188-677

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