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Jury Rules OxyChem Must Pay $9.6 Million in Injury Suit

6:02 AM MDT | July 21, 2009 | Kara Sissell

A Houston jury has awarded $9.6 million to a worker who suffered eye damage related to an April 2006 acid spill at the LyondellBasell facility at BayPort, TX, according to the law firm Arnold & Itkin (Houston), which represented the plaintiff. The jury agreed with the plaintiff’s argument that OxyChem negligently designed the acid addition system that the Equistar Chemicals employee was using at the plant. The plaintiff argued that OxyChem’s system lacked a pressure indicator and failed to properly vent pressure to prevent worker injury, resulting...

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