Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire
NEW ORLEANS - A complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012 has ended with the announcement of a settlement.
The accident off the Louisiana coast killed three workers and injured several others on a platform owned by Texas-based Black Elk Energy.
The settlement announced Monday brought an abrupt end to a trial that had begun a week earlier and was expected to last weeks. Those involved in the settlement included relatives of the workers killed, injured workers and companies that were working for Black Elk.
Settlements on some of the claims and counterclaims were reached ahead of the trial. On Monday, the trial jury was informed of a final settlement and dismissed. Terms of the settlements weren't disclosed.
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