Okla. Jury Hands Down $20M Verdict In Fatal Oil Rig Blowout

Law360 (January 28, 2020, 9:09 PM EST) -- Families of two men killed in a 2018 drilling rig explosion won a $20 million verdict in an Oklahoma state court trial Monday, but the jury found sole defendant National Oilwell Varco only 10% responsible for their deaths.

Other oil companies settled before trial, leaving NOV the only company to face jurors as the families of Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado, sought to hold the company responsible for what they said was the deadliest American drilling incident since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Five men were killed in January 2018 when an oil rig near...

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