Monthly Archives:' July 2013

Halliburton Agrees To Plead Guilty To Destruction Of Evidence In 2010 BP Spill, Pay Maximum Fine


On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that Halliburton had agreed to plead guilty to criminally destroying evidence in the investigation of the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010. The company “signed a cooperation and guilty plea agreement,” will pay the maximum fine of $200,000, and undergo three years of probation. It also had already made a $55 million voluntary contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Waste Management proposal meets skeptical public reaction

By Felicia Kitzmiller

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.

A sense of distrust is leading many residents of the community surrounding the Palmetto Landfill to reject a proposed exchange of a transfer station for closure of the landfill.

Despite the sweltering sun, and faint scent of garbage hanging in the air, community members made their way to Poplar Springs Fire Station Tuesday for an informational drop-in session hosted by Waste Management.

Family sues Rock Hill because of sewage in basement

By Anna Douglas

A Rock Hill family is suing the city of Rock Hill, claiming that faulty utility lines caused sewage to back up in their basement for 20 days, unleashing harmful bacteria and costing thousands of dollars to fix.

After nearly two years of asking the city and its insurance company for reimbursement and being told “no,” the Pennell family felt a lawsuit was the only option, Randi Pennell told The Herald last week.

Cryogenic Cloud Caused I-85 Pile-up and Fatality

Attorneys Gary Poliakoff and Ray Mullman were able to prove that the release of a cryogenic cloud resulted in a pile-up of tractor-trailers on I-85, causing serious injuries and a fatality.

Proof of creation of the cloud from a nearby industry was developed by use of expert witnesses, even though the Plaintiff had no eyewitnesses to the cloud’s creation.

Wreck victim’s family sues logging company

By Tara Jennings

The family of a county solid waste department employee who was killed while collecting garbage along Union Highway has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lula Dukes and Robert Lee Littlejohn, personal representatives of the estate of the late Ronnie Dukes, filed the complaint at the Cherokee County Courthouse against R. Vassey Logging Company.

Jury: White Oak Manor negligent

By Rachele E. Leonard

A Spartanburg County jury has ordered a long-term care facility to pay more than $1 million to the family of a former resident who went into insulin shock due to a medication mistake.

The family of Pearl Sinclair claimed negligence at White Oak Manor—Spartanburg left the woman with permanent brain damage. After a five day trial in the Court of Common Pleas in Spartanburg County, jurors agreed with the plaintiff’s arguments, awarding $50,000 in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

White Oak Manor’s attorney, Matthew Henderson of Spartanburg, said he plans to bring motions for a new trial and to reduce the punitive damages before deciding whether to appeal.