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Higgins v. Williams Energy Partners, L.P.

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, First Circuit

December 21, 2017

TRAVIS HIGGINS
v.
WILLIAMS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.; WILLIAMS OLEFINS, L.L.C.; THE WILLIAMS COMPANY, INC.; XYZ INSURANCE COMPANY; CHICAGO BRIDGE AND IRON COMPANY, AND X INSURANCE; COMPANY. KELVIN MARRELL YORK, SR AND TRACY DENISE YORK
v.
THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES, INC., WILLIAMS PARTNERS L.P.; WILLIAMS OLEFINS, LX.C; LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY, INC.; CB&I, INC, OF TEXAS AND/OR CB&I, INC; TURNER INDUSTRIES GROUP, L.L.C; TURNER INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE, L.L.C; DELTA TECH SERVICE, INC.; INDUSTRIAL SPECIALTY SERVICES, L.L.C; GEO HEAT EXCHANGERS, LX.C; GEO FIELD SERVICES, L.L.C.; HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.; UNION TEXAS PETROCHEMICALS CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PRODUCTS CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PETROLEUM CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PETROLEUM HOLDINGS, INC. KEN HAYDEL
v.
THE WILLIAMS COMPANIES, INC.; WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP. WILLIAMS PARTNERS GP, L.L.C; WILLIAMS OLEFINS, L.L.C; LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY, INC; TURNER INDUSTRIES GROUP, L.L.C; TURNER INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE, L.L.C.; DELTA TECH SERVICE, INC.; INDUSTRIAL SPECIALTY SERVICES, L.L.C.; GEO HEAT EXCHANGERS, L.L.C; GEO FIELD SERVICES, L.L.C.; HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.; UNION TEXAS PETROCHEMICALS CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PRODUCTS CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PETROLEUM CORPORATION; UNION TEXAS PETROLEUM HOLDINGS, INC.; AND BROCK SERVICES, LLC.

         Appealed from the 23rd Judicial District Court Parish of Ascension State of Louisiana Nos. 109, 244, 110, 315, 110, 318 Honorable Jessie M. LeBlanc, Judge Presiding

          Craig P. Hart Tammy L. Karas Covington, Louisiana Counsel for Plaintiff/ Appellee Travis Higgins

          Edward J. Walters, Jr. J.E. Cullens, Jr. Darrel J. Papillion Monica Vela-Vick Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Plaintiff/ Appellee Emily Paige Green

          Michael C. Palmintier Jonathan E. Mitchell Neal deGravelles John W. deGravelles Stephanie B. Hullet Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Plaintiffs/ Appellants Kelvin Marrell York, Sr., Tracy Denise York, J. and Ken Haydel

          Keith P. Richards Steve C. Thompson Stephanie E. Robin Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Plaintiffs/ Appellees Gail Sterling, Robert Reed, and David Noble

          Ron A. Austin Jeffrey Po Green Harvey, Louisiana Carlton Jones III Counsel for Plaintiff/Appellee Dian Davis

          Thomas E. Balhoff Judith R. Atkinson Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Defendants/ Appellees Turner Industries Group, LLC, Turner Industrial Maintenance, LLC

          Katie D. Bell David K. Nelson Glenn M. Farnet Lana D. Crump Amanda M. Collura Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Defendants/Appellees William Olefins LLC, Williams Companies Inc., and Williams Partners LP

          Tobin J. Eason Gregory C. Weiss Mandeville, Louisiana Counsel for Defendants/Appellees Lummus Technology Inc., CB&I Inc. of Texas, and CB&I, Inc.

          Tracy C. Rotharmel Mark D. Latham New Orleans, Louisiana Counsel for Defendants/ Appellees Industrial Specialty Services, LLC, Brand Energy Solutions, LLC

          Catherine M. Landry Edward G. Preis Jr. Lafayette, Louisiana Counsel for Defendants/ Appellees Geo Heat Exchangers LLC, Geo Field Services LLC

          Andrew Blanchfield Brian T. Butler Richard W. Wolff Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Defendant/Appellee Brock Services9 LLC

          BEFORE: WHIPPLE, C J., McDONALD, AND CHUTZ, JJ.

          WHIPPLE, C.J.

         Plaintiff, Ken Haydel, appeals a judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of defendants, CB&I, Inc9 CB&I, Inc. of Texas, and Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (hereinafter collectively referred to as "CB&I"), and dismissing with prejudice his claims against these defendants. For the following reasons, we affirm.

         FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         This litigation arises out of a June 13, 2013 chemical explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant near Geismar, Louisiana. Following the explosion, numerous plaintiffs filed suit against various defendants for injuries sustained as a result of the explosion. The trial court consolidated the various suits for discovery and motion purposes and transferred all of the suits to division "D" of the trial court to be joined ...


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