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Asbestos & Mesothelioma Litigation
Butler has more than 20 years of experience representing workers who developed mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Since the early 1990s, he has represented thousands of people who suffer from asbestos-related disease throughout the United States in both individual and consolidated cases.
Graniteville Train Crash
On January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that led to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. Butler and RPWB founding member Terry Richardson represented Avondale Mills, the company located at the collision site, in its pursuit of compensation from Norfolk Southern for damages to buildings, equipment and its ongoing business activities. The two parties entered into a confidential settlement in 2008 in what media outlets have described as being the largest single tort settlement in South Carolina history.
Freeman vs. Hendrick Honda of Easley
A car dealership in South Carolina was charging consumers closing fees that purchasers alleged were not for the purpose of reimbursing the dealership’s actual closing costs. In 2013, Butler and fellow RPWB attorney Brady Thomas won a $4 million judgment in a jury trial against a dealership in Pickens County. After the judgment, numerous other dealerships settled similar claims brought by RPWB clients.
Areas of Practice
• Asbestos & Mesothelioma
• Asbestos Property Damage
• Class Actions
• General Litigation
• Products Liability
• Railroad Accidents
• 1993, South Carolina
• U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
• University of South Carolina, J.D., 1993
• Florida State University, B.S., 1989
• South Carolina Association for Justice
• South Carolina Bar
• The American Association for Justice
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