JACKSONVILLE — The Cherokee County Second Judicial District awarded $3 million to Groveton resident Alvaro Chavez following a case against Gardner Oil Inc. for delivering tainted fuel, said Chavezʼs attorney, Jacques Balette. He said this is the largest personal injury settlement for pain and suffering in the last 15 years or more.
“It was diesel contaminated with gasoline, which made it flammable,” Balette said. “Gardner Oil denied delivering contaminated fuel and insinuated maybe someone snuck in and deposited gas into it. Their defense was silly.”
A jury heard the case starting May 24 and made its decision May 28 concerning the incident, which occurred in October 2008.