[StBernard] Lawsuit filed over chemical release at Chalmette plant

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Wed Nov 24 09:28:33 EST 2010

Lawsuit filed over chemical release at Chalmette plant
11/23/2010 2:18 PM By Michelle Massey

An Orleans Parish family is suing a Chalmette refinery for allegedly
releasing chemicals that caused them health problems and property damage.

Jerome B. Landry and Brandi Landry, individually and on behalf of their
minor child, filed suit against Chalmette Refining on Oct. 7 in St. Bernard
Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in
New Orleans on Nov. 15.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant negligently released an unauthorized
2,000 pounds of white powdery substance called spent catalyst on Sept. 6.
The chemicals covered the plaintiffs' property and their automobiles.

The lawsuit states a second chemical release occurred on Oct. 5 when the
defendant released an unauthorized and undetermined amount of hydrogen

The family states the chemicals have caused burning of the eyes and skin,
sore throat, burning in the nose and eyes, and headaches.

The defendant is accused of breaching its duty to prevent the exposure of
the plaintiffs and their property and for breaching the duty of care by
operating and managing the plant in such as manner as to negligently cause,
permit or allow the continuing release of toxic and harmful substances.

Causes of action filed against the defendant include gross negligence,
wantonness, trespass, nuisance and strict liability.

The family is seeking damages for personal injury, emotional distress,
anxiety, mental anguish, property damages, loss of income and loss of
earning capacity, punitive damages, statutory damages, court costs and

The plaintiffs are represented by New Orleans attorneys Gregory P. Di Leo
and Jennifer B. Eagan.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon is assigned to the case.

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