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WRONGFUL DEATH the family of a Frito-Lay mechanic who died in a vat of potato-chip oil settled their gross negligence suit for $1.7 million on April 17. Donald Boone, 38, overcome by an oxygen-deficient atmosphere while repairing a vat at a Texas facility, fell to the vat bottom and drowned in oil. His family alleged failure to supervise and train for work in confined spaces. Frito-Lay denied the allegations. Boone v. Frito-Lay Inc., No. 380-01759-02 (Collin Co., Texas, Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: William J. Dunleavy and Kristopher S. Barber, Law Offices of Windle Turley, Dallas; Richard Armstrong, Armstrong & Associates, Plano, Texas DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Raymond Cowley, Rodriguez, Colvin & Chaney, McAllen, Texas

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