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Manufacturing

Overview

Thanks to South Carolina’s corporate tax structure, which includes low corporate tax rates and incentives on manufacturing equipment, inventory and wholesales, manufacturers of all sizes continue to locate in the Palmetto State. These manufacturers are as varied in product type as they are in size, hailing from such varied sectors as the automotive, textile, and chemical industries. Despite these differences, there are numerous issues that affect all South Carolina manufacturers, including environmental initiatives, infrastructure, tax rates and workforce development. These manufacturers need help obtaining the best economic development incentives they can in South Carolina. And regardless of size or product, manufacturers facing legal disputes in the state need competent counsel who know both federal and state laws and who can navigate the local courtrooms.

Turner Padget offers its clients effective and experienced lawyers, with a broad and deep understanding of matters impacting manufacturing. We have handled matters for our manufacturing clients that span the legal spectrum, from catastrophic, complex product litigation to complicated insurance issues; and we have successfully defended clients in state and federal court. With five offices across South Carolina, we have established local relationships with the Bench and Bar. Our knowledgebase and relationships have helped us to expeditiously assess and evaluate product liability claims – an essential strength for clients in times of crisis. Perhaps most importantly, we have the flexibility to match the size and complexity of each client’s case to the appropriate lawyers. This enables us to provide the most effective representation in the most efficient manner, a service offering of which our entire firm is proud.

Experience

  • Catastrophic injury claims
  • Product liability
  • Mass and toxic torts
  • Employment law
  • Property damage claims
  • Economic development and incentives
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Real estate transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Mediation
  • General legal defense

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully defended through verdict four multi-week trials alleging design defects in single and multi-car automobile accidents.
  • Served as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel for a leading building product manufacturer in numerous class actions of national and regional scope involving a type of exterior wall cladding known as Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (“EIFS”).  Through more than a decade of litigation in numerous state and federal courts across the country, Turner Padget guided its client and its insurers to a successful conclusion of the litigation with low impact on the continued growth and prosperity of the client’s business.
  • For more than twenty years, Turner Padget served as South Carolina defense counsel for a national building product manufacturer in class action litigation of nationwide scope in which colleges and universities and other governmental and institutional building owners sued for damages caused by the installation of asbestos-containing materials in their buildings. These cases, filed in South Carolina, were among the first products liability class-action cases to be filed anywhere and set a precedent for future cases.
  • Represented manufacturing clients locating in South Carolina in obtaining economic development incentives from state and local governments, such as fee in lieu of tax agreements (FILOT)
  • Represented manufacturing companies on asset purchases and sales