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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Ruckdeschel v. Falcon Drilling Company (Wrongful Death)

Heather Ruckdeschel and Thomas G. Miller, Sr., filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Halliburton, Texas Keystone, Inc., and Falcon Drilling Company arising from an explosion and fire that occurred in October 2005 at the Wiley No. 8 well site in Tyler County, Texas, resulting in the death of Thomas G. Miller, Jr., an employee of Falcon Drilling. According to the complaint, Texas Keystone was the owner of the well site, Falcon Drilling was the driller, and Halliburton was contracted by Texas Keystone to perform cementing work on the well. The complaint alleged the three companies were responsible for Miller’s death. Halliburton settled the lawsuit in late 2007 for $825,000.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Incident
10/19/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Halliburton $825,000
Further Information Released
Appellate Opinion 11/23/2010
Pleading 11/23/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database