Verdict Reached in Alon Lawsuit

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A big verdict against Big Spring's Alon refinery, a jury sided with three people who filed suit claiming the company damaged their property when an explosion ripped through Alon's plant in 2008, it's the first civil suit to go to court.

The families waited almost three years for this case to go to court and on Friday, the jury voted in their favor and they'll be getting $360,000.  A jury agreed their homes were damaged by the explosion that occurred at the Alon refinery back in 2008.

This is the first case that's gone to court leaving them with 150 civil lawsuits to still try. The homeowners in this case, Beverly Smithie and Ronnie and Debra Walker, couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.

The cash handed out by the jury in the case could set a precedent for the remaining cases. All of the civil lawsuits are being handled by the Pinkerton Law Firm.  

NewsWest 9 did try to talk to Alon's lawyers,  but they wouldn't comment.  So there's no word on if the company plans to appeal.

Lawyers with the Pinkerton Law Firm tell NewsWest 9, they'll be meeting with Alon about possible settlements outside the courtroom. If that doesn't work, the next civil cases will go to court in the middle of next year. 

NewsWest 9 has also learned that Alon has previously settled other cases involving the explosion out of court.