Mark Tivin and Simon Purnell of O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, LLC with local counsel, James Elliott of Richardson Plowden, obtained a defense verdict in the Dennis Seay, mesothelioma case. The case was tried in the South Carolina 7th Judicial Circuit Court for Spartanburg County in South Carolina. The case was tried before Honorable D. Garrison Hill. The plaintiff claimed to have developed mesothelioma and died at the age of 70 from his work at Hoechst-Celanese which included exposure to our client’s gaskets for 10 years. This included using a power wire brush to remove gaskets from flange faces.
Plaintiff called Drs. Brody, Kradin and Holstein as expert witnesses. OTGB called Drs. Toca, Crapo and Roggli. After deliberating for several hours, the jury found our client not liable. The jury did award $12,000,000 in compensatory damages to Plaintiff and found Hoechst-Celanese liable for the full amount. The jury also awarded $2,000,000 in punitive damages against Hoechst-Celanese.
Plaintiff was represented by Mr. Christopher Panatier from Simon Greenstone.
Hoechst-Celanese was represented by H. Lane Young II of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP in Atlanta.