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Jury awards $20 million to families of victims killed in Quinton rig explosion

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 18:12:55-05

A jury awarded $20 million in a lawsuit Tuesday following the aftermath of the deadly oil rig explosion in 2018 near Quinton, Oklahoma.

It's considered to be the deadliest drilling accident since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The jury awarded damages to each family plaintiff in the amount of $10 million, according to Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair, LLP. The $20 Million Jury Verdict is the largest jury verdict in the history of Pittsburg County and one of the largest verdicts ever rendered in the State of Oklahoma.

The jury found Red Mountain Energy, Crescent Consulting, Patterson UTI, and National Oilwell Varco responsible for the deaths of five men in the January 22, 2018.

Lead trial lawyer David Rumley said, “Today is a great day for our civil justice system. We asked the jury to send a clear message about this horrible tragedy and they responded with the largest jury verdict in the history of Pittsburg County, and one of the largest jury verdicts ever returned in Oklahoma.

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