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First Lawsuit Filed in Deadly Texas DuPont Chemical Leak

A lawyer for one of the victims is seeking a temporary restraining order compelling DuPont to preserve all equipment and records.
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The first legal actions have been filed in connection with a chemical accident at a Texas plant that killed four workers. The widow of victim Gilbert Tisnado is seeking more than $1 million in a wrongful death suit against DuPont for Saturday's leak pf 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan, the Houston Chronicle reported. Meanwhile, a lawyer representing the daughter of another victim is seeking a temporary restraining order that would compel DuPont to preserve all records and machinery linked to Saturday's incident in Laporte, NBC station KPRC reported.

"Our job is go out and find out what happened and to hold the firm accountable and hold the company accountable to the people that lost their lives," said Brent Coon, who represents the family of Chrystie Rae Wise.

The Federal Chemical Safety Board is investigating the plant, which has been cited for violating state law more than two dozen times by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since Sept. 1, 2009, according to state records examined by NBC News. Most of the violations appear to be relatively minor record-keeping and signage infractions, but at least four involved hazardous emissions spewing into the air.


— Tracy Connor