BARNWELL and CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Motley Rice LLC and W. Mullins McLeod, Jr., today announced that they have filed a lawsuit seeking relief for persons with property damage resulting from the Graniteville train disaster. Named as defendants are railroad Norfolk Southern, the Union Tank Car Company which manufactured the tank cars carrying the chlorine in the deadly Graniteville train crash; the Olin Corporation which manufactured and shipped the deadly chlorine; and the Norfolk Southern employees, who allegedly failed to set the switch after they left their train on an active track. Motley Rice LLC has also been retained to handle a number of the personal injury and death cases as they relate to this catastrophe and those claims are being handled in separate lawsuits. "We believe this lawsuit will encourage the defendants to accept responsibility, and provide the property clean-up, replacement or payment as they are obligated to do under the law," explained founding member of Motley Rice, Ron Motley. According to Motley Rice founding member, Joe Rice, "Our community welcomed and trusted the railroad, but now our community is damaged and our citizens need immediate help in the clean-up and replacement of their property. This lawsuit seeks to help South Carolinians with property in South Carolina. We are hopeful that the named defendants will come forward quickly and help these innocent victims as they attempt to return to their homes." According to W. Mullins McLeod, Jr., this is precisely why the plaintiffs in the case are limited to state residents with property in the evacuation zone. "The railroad, the tank car company, and the manufacturer and shipper of the chlorine all have the obligation to ensure that in working in, and passing through, our community and state they do not harm our property," stated McLeod. The class action lawsuit seeks an immediate clean-up program for all afflicted persons with damage to their real or personal property. Buildings will need to be cleaned, painted, re-wired and inspected. Personal property will need to be cleaned, repaired or replaced. Destroyed goods such as food, clothing, electrical and electronic equipment and furniture will need to be replaced. "This community needs help now," said Rice. "Railroads are entrusted with vast access and right-of-way in our communities and our nation, but they have such rights only insofar as they comply with the regulations governing safe operations of both rail and hazardous materials transport," said Motley Rice member Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., which has oversight authority over the railroads. "Norfolk Southern and others failed to comply with those laws, regulations, and standards, and failed to put in place known and recommended practices which absolutely would have prevented this deadly crash." About Motley Rice LLC Motley Rice LLC is one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation and transportation disaster firms. Motley Rice attorneys have gained global recognition for their pioneering work on behalf of asbestos victims, the State Attorneys General in their landmark litigation against Big Tobacco, and the 9/11 families in their groundbreaking lawsuit against terrorist financiers. Motley Rice attorneys continue to seek justice in the areas of: catastrophic injury; complex case resolution; consumer and commercial fraud; environmental hazards and contamination; medical negligence and defects; occupational disease and toxic torts; and transportation defects and mass disasters. For more information on Motley Rice LLC call 1-800-768-4026 or visit http://www.motleyrice.com . About W. Mullins McLeod, Jr. W. Mullins McLeod, Jr. is a founding member of Pierce, Herns, Sloan & McLeod. The Firm has litigated complex product liability cases in most states on the East Coast. Following law school, he served as law clerk for the then Circuit Court Judge and now Associate Justice to the South Carolina Supreme Court, Costa M. Pleicones. His areas of practice include product liability, general negligence and toxic torts with an emphasis on railroad cases. He has successfully represented numerous victims of grade crossing cases and injured railroad men under the Federal Employers Liability Act. McLeod is currently serving his second term as Chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party.
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