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Interstate wrongful death settled for $700K (access required)

Barbara Coppley was driving up Interstate 95 last July, on her way to visit her eldest son in Virginia when she hit a drive shaft from a tractor trailer that had fallen into her lane. As she was standing in the interstate median, inspecting the damage to her car, the driver of a 2005 Lincoln hit the same drive shaft, lost control of his car and hit Coppley. She died at the scene.

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Deadly farm equipment crash results in $1M settlement (access required)

Annie Ham survived the collision that killed her husband when a combine harvester being hauled on a flatbed truck sheared off the side of their car. Submitted photo

A woman who witnessed her husband’s grisly death in a traffic crash involving a huge piece of farm equipment has settled her wrongful death and survival lawsuit for $1 million. Annie Ham, 65, was riding in a car with her husband, Willie Ham, 62, in January 2009 when their car collided with a combine harvester being hauled on the back of a flatbed truck in the opposite lane of Highway 403 in Florence County.

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Parents of Taser victim accept reduced award (access required)

Ken Harris, plaintiff attorney

The parents of a 17-year-old from Charlotte who died after a being struck in the chest with a Taser accepted a $5.5 million reduced award last month against the stun gun’s maker. Ken Harris, a Charlotte attorney on the family’s legal team pictured at left, said he believes it is one of the largest jury awards ever made against Taser.

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Charlotte lawyers untangle Florida city’s mess (access required)


Put eight people in a jury box. Tell them about a practice called “securities lending” and feed them phrases like “indemnity triggering date” or “tender price warranting liquidation.” Show them graphs and charts with numbers, and play seemingly endless videotapes of deposition testimony by former employees. Is it any wonder that counsel for both sides would be wringing their hands, wondering if the jury would return any verdict at all, let alone the one they’d like? But return a verdict it did in City of St. Petersburg v. Wells Fargo Bank.

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Doctor liable for woman’s perforated colon and subsequent death (access required)

Rita Blair and her husband Michael began to worry the day after she was discharged from Palmetto Baptist Hospital. They called Dr. John Warren, who had performed a gynecological surgical procedure on her, and reported that Rita was nauseous and constipated. Rita died three weeks after the first surgery. She suffered massive organ failure caused by a bacterial infection that began when her colon was perforated.

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