Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their Biggest Mass Tort Win”.
In the early morning hours of January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that would lead to the deaths of nine people and injuries to hundreds of others. A tanker car ruptured, spewing about 60 tons of chlorine gas into the air. Approximately 5,400 residents living within a mile of the wreck were evacuated from their homes.
Richardson, along with RPWB attorney Dave Butler, led the litigation in which they resolved the cases involving the evacuation of 5000 people, 500 personal injury cases, 9 deaths and major commercial property damage to all Avondale Mills’ systems, which media outlets have described as being the largest single tort settlement in South Carolina history.
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