Texas Jury Gives $82.5M To Family Over Plant Blast

Law360 (June 10, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT) -- A Texas jury has awarded $82.5 million in damages to the family members of a man who died following a blast at a natural gas processing plant in May 2007.

The jury of the 152nd Judicial District Court in Harris County on Monday found that Hanover Compression LP, which constructed, engineered and installed the plant in Hood County, was grossly negligent in 27-year-old Joshua Wade Petrie's death and was 90 percent responsible for the explosion.

The jury also allotted 10 percent of responsibility to Quicksilver Resources Inc., the owner of the plant and Petrie's employer.

Hanover, which is now known as...

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