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August 22, 1990
An appellate panel has ruled that Mobil Oil Corp. and two of its former executives must stand trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from a fatal 1988 explosion at the company's Torrance refinery. The Superior Court appeals panel ruling overturned South Bay Municipal Judge Thomas Allen's dismissal last year of charges against Mobil and former managers Wyman Robb and Tom Gregory.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1990
An appellate panel has ruled that Mobil Oil Corp. and two of its former executives must stand trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from a fatal 1988 explosion at the company's Torrance refinery. The Superior Court appeals panel ruling overturned South Bay Municipal Judge Thomas Allen's dismissal last year of charges against Mobil and former managers Wyman Robb and Tom Gregory.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Bay Municipal Court judge on Monday dismissed most criminal charges against Mobil Oil and two top refinery officials stemming from an explosion at the firm's Torrance refinery that killed one man and injured two others on July 15, 1988. Judge Thomas Allen ruled that Mobil and its executives were not culpable for misdemeanor violations of the state safety code because they did not directly employ the victims, who worked for Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Mobil subcontractor.
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July 7, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defendants in a three-week criminal trial stemming from a 1988 explosion at Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery abruptly pleaded no contest this week, just as the judge in the case prepared to instruct jurors on how to conduct their deliberations. Attorneys for Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Benecia-based contract company, and its president, Paul Taylor, entered the no-contest pleas to misdemeanor charges after both sides had rested in the trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defendants in a three-week criminal trial stemming from a 1988 explosion at Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery abruptly pleaded no contest this week, just as the judge in the case prepared to instruct jurors on how to conduct their deliberations. Attorneys for Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Benecia-based contract company, and its president, Paul Taylor, entered the no-contest pleas to misdemeanor charges after both sides had rested in the trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1990
Defendants in a three-week criminal trial stemming from a 1988 explosion at Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery pleaded no contest Tuesday, just as a judge was preparing to instruct jurors on how to conduct their deliberations. Attorneys for Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Benecia-based contract company, and its president, Paul Taylor, entered the pleas to misdemeanor charges after both sides had rested. Taylor, the company and two other Cal Cat employees had been charged with failing to follow state labor codes requiring that they inform workers about chemical hazards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1990
A court appeals panel has issued a tentative ruling that would require Mobil Oil and two of its managers to stand trial for alleged safety violations stemming from a fatal 1988 explosion at the company's Torrance refinery. The Los Angeles Superior Court appellate panel, consisting of four judges, issued its preliminary ruling before hearing oral arguments in the case last week, Deputy Dist. Atty. Fred Macksoud said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1990
Criminal charges have been dismissed against two defendants in a trial stemming from a 1988 explosion at Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery. The dismissal leaves only Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Benicia-based contract company, and company President Paul Taylor as defendants in the trial, which finished a second week of testimony Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1989 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Municipal Court judge Thursday threw out criminal charges filed against Mobil Oil Corp. and one of its contractors in connection with an August, 1988, fire at Mobil's Torrance refinery, in which one worker was burned over 40% of his body and another was also injured. The action, by South Bay Municipal Court Judge Thomas P. Allen Jr., could be reversed if the City of Torrance, which charged the companies with safety violations, challenges the ruling in the appellate division of Superior Court.
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June 15, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fatal explosion at Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery two years ago was a "tragic, unpredictable, unavoidable accident," not a crime, said an attorney for a contract company whose officials went on trial in Municipal Court Thursday. In opening arguments for a rare criminal trial on industrial safety violations, attorney Warren L. Ettinger argued that no one should be blamed for the July 15, 1988, explosion of a tank at the refinery because no one knows exactly why the tank blew up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Bay Municipal Court judge on Monday dismissed most criminal charges against Mobil Oil and two top refinery officials stemming from an explosion at the firm's Torrance refinery that killed one man and injured two others on July 15, 1988. Judge Thomas Allen ruled that Mobil and its executives were not culpable for misdemeanor violations of the state safety code because they did not directly employ the victims, who worked for Cal Cat Chemical Co., a Mobil subcontractor.
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