$14 Million Verdict Stands, Worker’s Duties, Although “Essential,” Were Not Part of Defendant’s Business
In a South Carolina wrongful death action, the state’s Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s denial of a corporate defendant’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. In its decision, the appellate court agreed that the deceased maintenance worker was not a statutory employee of the defendant’s predecessor in interest (“Celanese”) [Keene v. CNA Holdings, LLC, 2019 S.C. App. LEXIS 20 (Feb. 13, 2019)]. The appellate court’s ruling let stand a $14 million mesothelioma verdict against the former textile manufacturer.