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WEST (CBS 11 NEWS) – Hundreds of lawsuits over a fertilizer plant explosion in West will continue, even after an agreement was reached in the first group of cases. Attorneys for the group would not say how the decision might affect the other lawsuits.
The agreement reached late Sunday came just a day before jury selection was set to begin for the first civil trial over the April 2013 explosion. It only affects suits filed by the families of Kevin Sanders, William Uptmor and Kenneth Sanders, a Dallas firefighter.
Zona Jones, part of the executive steering committee of plaintiff’s attorneys organized by the judge in the case, said Monday he could not talk about his clients reaction to the settlement, or how it might affect the other cases.
“I expect the litigation will continue and I expect there will be other trial settings for other plaintiffs in the future,” he said.
The lawsuits have blamed West Fertilizer Company, its owners Adair Grain and more than a dozen suppliers for the explosion. In court documents, companies deny that any of the material that exploded was defective or unreasonably dangerous.
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