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Refinery fire: thousands of legal claims expected

Posted: August 10, 2012 11:45 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2012 11:45 a.m.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chevron Corp. is bracing for an onslaught of legal claims after one of its Northern California refineries caught fire and sent thousands of people complaining of respiratory problems and other ailments to area hospitals.

The San Ramon, Calif.-based oil giant opened a claim center on Friday in Richmond, and says it has received more than 2,000 calls to a claims hotline. Richmond lawyer Nick Haney, who has had long lines outside his office, says he expects to represent about 3,000 residents with legal claims. Haney says he hopes to negotiate a settlement with the company before filing lawsuits.

Nearly everyone who sought medical attention immediately after the Monday evening fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery was treated and released after spending a few hours at the hospital.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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