West Lawsuits May Hide Important Facts About Deadly Explosion

WEST (July 27, 2014) Potentially valuable health and safety information surrounding the deadly April 17, 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because of confidentiality agreements approved by state District Judge Jim Meyer.

The agreements were requested by attorneys involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits, and the result is that lawyers can label as confidential virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the information could include more details about injuries and safety testing of the fertilizer that exploded.

Fifteen people were killed in the explosion and hundreds more were injured.

Legal scholars note that taxpayers cover the cost for the courts in which lawsuits are tried, which means the information should be public.