John Hawkins Doesn't ALWAYS Sue South Carolina Governor… | THE JEENYUS CORNER

Former Senator And Recently Primary Loser Sues The Governor Who Endorsed His Most Recent Political Opponent In State Senate Race. Photo Credit- Facebook Page: #libertyNEVERsleeps

MONEY HUNGRY TRIAL LAWYER SEEKS TO CAPITALIZE ON DATA BREACH, BY ARGUING “WAY AROUND” TORT CLAIMS LAW

Marshall D. Culpepper
THE JEENYUS CORNER

Updated 11-1-2012.  8:56am

SOUTH CAROLINA – There has been a class action lawsuit filed against South Carolina’s Governor, Nikki Haley and the State Dept. of Revenue after it was made public that 3.6 million South Carolina resident’s Social Security Numbers had been stolen by hackers.

On Wednesday, the Hawkins Law Firm announced a lawsuit filed in Richland County that accuses Haley and the state tax agency of failing to protect the citizens of South Carolina and violating a state law that requires prompt disclosure of breaches according to Fox Carolina, in Greenville, SC.

Hawkins told FOX Carolina that the lawsuit was filed by a Spartanburg man whose information was compromised during the cyber attack. He said that the lawsuit does not seek monetary damages, but instead seeks to hold leaders accountable.

This report by WHNS Fox 21 turns out to be false.  Which is no big shocker when you consider that morning news anchor, “Foxy” Cody Alcorn has made conflicting claims as to who the local station is an affiliate of (CNN or Fox, which is it Cody?)

The clip above clearly shows that reports made by Fox Carolina, stating that the lawsuit filed by John Hawkins was “not seeking monetary damages”, are false. (*Full document at the bottom of this post)

According to an article on GoUpstate.com,  Hawkins’ suit asserts that the Department of Revenue should be liable for a fine of $1,000 for each resident affected.  This would amount to the SCDOR (which is funded by the tax payers of South Carolina) being fined $3,600,000,000 ($3.6 billion, with a ‘B’ dollars).

In cases such as this, the state is limited to a maximum $600,000 payout for damages, according to the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, however, Hawkins said his office is “convinced we have a strong argument around the cap. That’s all I can say now about the cap.”

“There is a trial lawyer with a hand out and a tissue ready at any crisis, and he has just proven that,” Governor Haley said at a press conference in Columbia.   The former senator has had quite a lucrative law career since leaving the state legislature by suing businesses that provide jobs to the workers of the state, including BMW in Greenville, one of the state’s biggest employers.

There is, however, more motivation for Hawkins than just another big fat commission on the backs of the tax-payers.

John Hawkins served as the state Senator in Spartanburg’s district 12 from 2001-2009, at which point he left the state legislature to work as a trial lawyer.  After Hawkins’ left the senate to chase the big bucks as a trial, suing businesses across the state.

He was replaced with conservative Lee Bright.  Yet after only one term out of office, Hawkins set out to challenge Bright for the Dist. 12 Senate seat, using a deceptive campaign slogan of calling himself a “New Senator”.

In a hotly contested primary which saw allegations of Hawkins criminal past resurface, Bright edged out his opponent after Gov. Haley gave the freshman senator her endorsement in the GOP primary.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that, in addition to a potential big payday on the public dime, the shady ex-senator turned anti-business trial lawyer would relish the opportunity to exact some revenge against the state’s top official.

While Gov. Haley and those in charge at the SCDOR certainly should be held accountable, you have to question the motive behind Hawkins’s taking up the case.

READ THE DOCUMENT FILED IN A RICHLAND COUNTY, SC. COURT YESTERDAY BY THE JOHN HAWKINS LAW FIRM
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