Anthony v. Georgia Gulf Lake Charles, LLC
- Case Date: 10/10/2014
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On November 26, 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a one-sentence order declining to review a massive tort award to individuals living in the vicinity of a chemical plant. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging review in light of the absence of valid scientific evidence that any individual suffered injury when gases briefly leaked from the plant. Many nearby residents sued to recover damages based on complaints that they suffered persistent headaches and sore throats following the leak, but WLF asserted that there was no evidence that those common symptoms were caused by exposure to leaking chemicals. Here, the plaintiffs’ expert testified that every plaintiffs’ medical symptoms were caused by exposure to gas, even though the expert had no evidence regarding the level of exposure of any of the plaintiffs (who lived up to several miles from the chemical plant, in all directions), or even whether they were actually exposed to gas at all.
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