August 2015

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Last year’s $2.9 million verdict in Parr v. Aruba Petroleum, the so-called “first fracking trial,” garnered attention in Texas and beyond. The significance laid not only in that the plaintiffs had succeeded on their private nuisance claim, but also because the verdict provided a publicly available measure of damages for tort litigation alleging health issues relating to drilling. The Parr verdict remains on appeal and may be modified or overturned, but a recent search indicates that it is far from the only case in which landowners have made health-related personal injury claims due to alleged exposure to hazardous gases and industrial chemicals from neighboring oil and gas activities. (more…)