A study by the U.S. Justice Department found that judges award higher punitive damages than juries. Mr. Garnett’s verdict in the Brenham explosion case is featured as an example of alarge punitive damage award by a jury.
Mr. Garnett is quoted in this news story about the Houston Courts of Appeals decision in the Brenham explosion case: “He considers the appeals court’s ruling a ‘victory’ for his clients.”
Mr. Garnett was asked about the conservatism of Texas appellate courts at the time the Court of Appeals upheld the Brenham explosion case. He replied, “Only one or two in thirty cases of punitive damages awards are upheld because of the high bar from the Supreme Court and the conservative judiciary.”
Mr. Garnett said that his clients will fight Seminole Pipeline Company’s legal motions toreduce the damages awarded to Mr. Garnett’s clients.
Mr. Garnett is hopeful that his clients’ victory in the Brenham explosion case will prevent an explosion like this from happening again. Despite opposition to the reopening of the salt dome storage facility, Mr. Garnett said, “residents will never be sure if Seminole will try again to make it operational.”