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Mediation Begins For Middletown Explosion Lawsuits


Associated Press – Lawyers for victims of a Connecticut power plant explosion and the companies they’re suing are beginning mediation sessions to try to settle at least 20 lawsuits related to the blast. The explosion last February killed six workers and injured nearly 50 others. A lawyer for some of the victims says the mediation began Monday and continues through the week at Middletown Superior Court. Injured workers and relatives of the employees who died are suing the Middletown plant’s operator, Kleen Energy Systems, and several contractors that were working on the plant, which was under construction when it exploded. Investigators say something ignited 400,000 cubic feet of gas and air that had accumulated during a pipe cleaning process that involves blowing high-pressure natural gas through the pipes.

Wrongful death lawyer James D. Bartolini of RisCassi & Davis is representing the estates of two men who lost their lives in this tragedy.

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