Texas Court Wipes Out $7M From Pipeline Explosion Verdict

Law360 (February 25, 2021, 8:44 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court eliminated nearly all of the punitive damages awarded to the family of a man killed in a pipeline explosion, slashing a $7.7 million judgment against now-bankrupt Southcross Energy down to $800,000.

Three justices of the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio on Wednesday reversed a Duval County District Court's $6.95 million punitive damages award to the family of Jesus Gonzalez Jr. after ruling evidence presented at trial didn't support a jury's gross negligence finding against Southcross Energy Partners GP LLC. Under the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, the panel capped punitive damages for Gonzalez's family...

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