Natural Gas Explosions Cases

Client v. Natural Gas Retailer (Iowa Federal Court 2008)

Facts: A 72 year old retired principal died in a natural gas explosion. The case was based on a negligent failure to warn, including the need to have gas detectors installed inside our clients’ home. The gas company defended the case on the basis that this was not a natural gas explosion.

Settlement: $900,000.00 was reached five days before the beginning of trial.

Stubbert v. Gas Company (2005)

Fact: Natural gas utility failed to warn about the dangers of flex connectors, inspecting and replacing defective flex connectors. A known defective flex connector was a part of the natural gas piping system that the power company failed to warn about and to inspect and replace.

Settlement: $2 million settlement was reached

City of Hubbard, et. al. v. Natural Gas Retailer (Iowa 2003)

Facts: The downtown area of the City of Hubbard, Iowa exploded on December 7, 2000, nearly destroying it. The explosion was caused by leaking natural gas from an Alliant natural gas line. The City of Hubbard and 33 other parties including insurance companies joined together and filed suit against Alliant.

Settlement: The case was settled for an amount in excess of $2,400,000 shortly before the start of trial.

Client v. Natural Gas Retailer (Iowa Court 2004)

Facts: An elderly retired space engineer died in a natural gas explosion. The case was based on a negligent failure to warn, including the need to have gas detectors installed inside our clients’ home. The gas company defended the case on the basis that this was not a natural gas explosion.

Settlement: A substantial confidential settlement was reached before the beginning of trial.