A local judge has refused to grant Spartan Offshore's motion for continuance on Monday, Nov. 22, keeping the personal injury trial of Neal Elk vs. Spartan on target for March.

As the Southeast Texas Record previously reported, Elk filed suit against Spartan Offshore Drilling and Schlumberger Technology on Nov. 19, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

Elk was working for Select Services Contractors as a pipeline welder on an offshore rig owned by Spartan and under the supervision of Schlumberger, "when he sustained severe and disabling bodily injuries" on March 2, 2009, court records show.

Spartan filed a motion for continuance last month.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, denied the motion but did say during the hearing that a status conference would be set in January to see where the parties were at.

On top of exemplary damages, Elk is suing for past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, impairment and lost wages, plus all court costs.

He is represented by Houston attorney Francis Spagnoletti.

Spartan is represented by Houston attorney Christopher Tramonte.

Case No. D185-360

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