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Developer wins $750K verdict against electronics maker (access required)

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A Myrtle Beach-based electronics manufacturer was hit with a $750,000 jury verdict earlier this month in a lawsuit over groundwater contamination. During a trial at the Horry County Court of Common Pleas, JDS Development of Myrtle Beach accused AVX Corp. of secretly allowing chemicals to seep into the ground and spread to land adjacent to its former plant.

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Worker fired for outburst during sensitivity training collects $120K (access required)

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A state worker who was fired over an alleged outburst during a sensitivity training seminar has received $120,000 to drop his lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. Mark Kelly lost his job as an investigator for the labor agency in 2011, days after he voiced his disagreement with the instructor of a mandatory workshop on “cultural diversity awareness,” according to his complaint.

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Prolonged hospital infection results in $1M settlement (access required)

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A Rock Hill law firm is reporting that one of its clients has agreed to a settlement of more than $1 million after spending eight months in a hospital and having several artificial joints replaced because of an infection she alleged was caused by the defendant’s negligence. The identities of all the parties involved are protected by a non-disclosure agreement.

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Hospital hit with $430K verdict after discharged patient dies (access required)

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Sarah Faile, on her way home from having surgery, had only gotten a few blocks away from Sumter’s Tuomey Regional Medical Center when she began vomiting. When Faile’s daughter brought her back to the hospital, a nurse gave the daughter a bucket and a washcloth and told her that Faile needed to go home and sleep it off. About 30 minutes later, Faile suffered a fatal heart attack on her way home.

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