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Verdicts & Settlements

Aug 31, 2016

Army sergeant settles excessive force claim for $380K

On Dec. 27, 2008, Brian Yates — then a 25-year-old Army staff sergeant — was on his way from Ladson to Goose Creek to pick up his wife and daughter because his child needed to go to the doctor. On the way, North Charleston police officer Christopher Terry stopped the customized 1972 Buick Skylark Yates […]

Aug 23, 2016

Estate of man killed by alleged drunken driver settles for $2M

According to plaintiff’s attorney Nathan Hughey of Charleston, the estate of an autistic man killed by an alleged drunken driver has agreed to a $2 million settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the teen driver and Buffalo Wild Wings, the establishment that provided the alcohol. In the wee hours of Dec. 8, 2013, 22-year-old […]

Aug 23, 2016

$3M settlement in wrongful death DUI case

The siblings of a man who was killed by a drunken driver while riding his bicycle home from work have agreed to drop a wrongful death suit in exchange for a $3 million settlement, according to an attorney for the deceased man’s estate. The driver, Christopher Deas, was behind the wheel of his employer’s truck […]

Aug 23, 2016

County pays $6.5M to settle class action over impact fees

Berkeley County has mailed $6.5 million in refund checks to thousands of property owners who paid impact fees for construction projects that were placed on ice during the economic downturn. The class-action settlement was finalized in late June – checks were mailed earlier this month – and repays half the fees that the affected owners […]

Jul 27, 2016

Newberry attorney awarded $1.3M for tortious interference

On July 15, a Lexington County Circuit Court judge awarded a Newberry attorney more than $1.3 million in her lawsuit against a former client who schemed to bilk her out of her contracted fees. In Adele Pope v. Gloria Corley et al., 11th Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein ordered three defendants to pay $385,478 in actual […]

Jul 19, 2016

$175K settlement ends Schurlknight saga

The final chapter has come to a close in the tragic tale of a personal injury lawyer who committed suicide inside his Florence County law office after being accused of bilking clients out of millions of dollars in settlement payments. The last of three class-action lawsuits filed in the aftermath of a scheme allegedly orchestrated […]

Jul 12, 2016

Shooting victim settles for $700K after $12M verdict

After winning a $12 million jury verdict for being shot and paralyzed during a fight outside a Myrtle Beach bar, a former construction worker has agreed to settle the case for $700,000. Richard Campbell and his attorneys argued that The Dog House Bar & Grill was to blame for his injuries because the club’s employees […]

Jul 6, 2016

$1.3M settlement for former sniper injured in bridge crash

A Charleston attorney leveraged a loss of consortium claim to recover the $1 million limit of an umbrella policy for a client who was injured in a traffic crash on the Don Holt Bridge over the Cooper River.

Jul 1, 2016

Trucking company to pay $1.15M in negligence settlement

A Conway-based trucking company has agreed to pay $1.15 million to Cheryl Andrews, who suffered a neck fracture after her car was hit by one of the company’s dump trucks. Heritage Hauling agreed to the settlement after Andrews’ attorneys allegedly discovered that the company failed to follow federal guidelines when it hired the dump truck […]

Jun 22, 2016

Ousted dental services COO awarded $1.23M

A Charleston County jury has given some real teeth to an employment agreement between a dental services chain and the company’s founder. The jury returned a $1.23 million verdict against the company after it yanked its chief operating officer and failed to honor the terms of a deal he signed when the company secured a […]

May 31, 2016

$1.45M settlement follows truck collision at Charleston port

A team of Charleston lawyers has negotiated a $1.45 million settlement for a trucker who was injured in a big-rig collision at the city’s port. William Applegate and Douglas Jennings of Yarborough Applegate joined Andy Savage of the Savage Law Firm in representing Sammie Scammahorn, a 57-year-old who can no longer work as a commercial […]

May 24, 2016

$340K arbitration award for doc who split with business partner

A physician who had a falling out with his business partner has received a nearly $340,000 arbitration award after quashing the defense’s effort to try the case in front of a jury. The legal dispute between Dr. Rajinder Parmar and Dr. Balbir Minhas arose when the two disagreed over the amount of money that Minhas […]

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