Hearings to begin in Imperial Sugar lawsuits

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The tragedy of the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion is heading to the courtroom.

Wednesday morning, hearings will begin as families take the sugar refinery's owners and operators to court.

Savannah lawyer Mark Tate is representing five families whose loved ones died in the explosions and fire and two surviving burn victims.

Tate tells WTOC the opening hearing could shed light on what the company's defense will be and expose other details not yet known to the public.

Tate says he will do everything he can to make sure the hearings remain open to the public.

"Finally the people in Savannah will understand, this is not a Savannah company anymore. This is a Texas company and they are more interested in showing a profit to shareholders than the safety of employees at the plant," Tate said.

The first of the Imperial Sugar lawsuits heads to court tomorrow morning at 9am.