Scheduling conference set in suit against ExxonMobil over flash-fire burns

By David Yates | May 4, 2011

In October, the Southeast Texas Record reported that 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 25 the judge presiding over the case sent out a letter to all counsel of record, informing them that a scheduling conference is now set for 8:30 a.m., May 25.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, stating in the letter that if an agreed scheduling order id provided before the slated date, the hearing will be passed.

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

Court records show that on Aug. 12 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 him.

Beaumont attorney George Bean represents ExxonMobil.

Case No. A188-677

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