BEAUMONT – The lawsuits against the TPC Group continue to mount, as two new class actions were recently filed in Jefferson County.
On Nov. 27, a fire occurred at TPC’s plant in Port Neches. The tanks consumed by fire contained butadiene. As the fire grew, it spread to other tanks within the yard, causing plumes of smoke to spread throughout the area.
The first lawsuit, brought by Brian Lange, was filed Feb. 3 and alleges the toxic smoke plumes and ash caused injuries to the class members.
Lange is alleging gross negligence and seeks more than $1 million in damages. He is represented by the McDonald Worley law firm in Houston.
The suit has been assigned to Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, case No. B-205280.
The second lawsuit was filed on Feb. 6. The plaintiffs include Weber Real Estate, Faith Shoemaker and Scott Morvant.
The plaintiffs allege the explosion caused toxic emissions that have caused them damages, such as loss of use, stigma and hazardous chemical cleanup expenses.
The plaintiffs are requesting the court to require TPC to establish a medical monitoring fund.
They are suing for punitive damages. Beaumont attorneys Mitchell Toups and Richard Coffman represent them.
The suit has been assigned to Judge Sanderson, case No. B-205293.