Executive Vice President
German chemical company, Brenntag Mid-South, has come to a settlement agreement with a class action stemming from a chemical leak in East Point, Georgia back in 2004. On a December night in 2004, a tanker full of glacial acetic acid (a concentrated vinegar product used in manufacturing) overheated and released chemical fumes. The surrounding area was evacuated and many individuals were affected. The class of individuals sought damages on multiple claims including: personal injury, loss of wages, emotional distress, and property damage. Reportedly, the plaintiffs’ initial settlement demand was near $20 million, but after a long legal battle the $2.9 million settlement reached will result in approximately $500 to each plaintiff. One-third of the settlement will be allocated for legal fees to the attorneys of the class action.
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