On January 7, 2014 The Harpootlian Law Firm and The Louthian Law Firm filed a complaint in the Spartanburg Division of The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, on behalf of the citizens of Cannon’s Campground seeking relief from health and environmental dangers posed by groundwater and surface water contamination emanating from the “Hoechst-Celanese” manufacturing plant in Spartanburg South Carolina.
Bert Louthian, of the Louthian Law Firm, and another Columbia attorney, Graham Newman of the Harpootlian Law Firm, are representing the citizens and residents of the Cannon’s Campground community.
As public information about this case becomes available, we will share with you here. In the meantime, if you would like to request more information about these claims, please contact us.
This case was resolved by way of a confidential settlement agreement in March 2016.
LAST UPDATED: 3/2014
Hoechst Celanese Corporation, HNA Holdings Inc. and CNA Holdings [“Celanese Defendants”]
Def. Motion to Dismiss [PDF]
Ashland, Inc. [Defendant] Documents
Additional Motions to Dismiss Filed by Celanese Defendants
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NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS OF THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT
Pursuant to 42 U.S.C.A. § 6972 the undersigned members of the Cannon’s Campground community and neighboring areas located in Spartanburg County hereby serve public notice of an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment due to improper handling, storage, treatment, transportation or…” – View Full Notice [PDF]
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“Remember the Hoechst-Celanese plant in Upstate, S.C.? Of course not … it’s been a long time since it’s been on the public radar. As many as three dozen people may have died as a result of pollution associated with the plant – most of them succumbing to various forms of cancer. Not only that, the contamination may have caused lasting environmental damage to the area – as well as communities located downstream from the location of the plant.” – Read Full Article