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Car dealership prevails against customer’s lemon suit (access required)

Toyota of Orangeburg has fended off a lawsuit accusing the dealership of selling a lemon that cost a customer her job. The plaintiff, Yushanda Felder, had argued during a bench trial in Orangeburg County magistrate court that her 2009 Camry would not start and was to blame for her repeatedly showing up late to work at a local bank.

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Nightclub hit with $430K verdict for bouncer beat down (access required)

A man who was badly beaten at a Florence nightclub has won a $430,000 bench verdict against the troubled establishment, but he’s still trying to collect the award. Cornell Grady was hanging out with friends at the Spotlight club when bouncer James Downey attacked him, dragged him outside and hurled him into the parking lot, said one of Grady’s attorneys, Catherine F. Juhas of the Anastopoulo Law Firm in North Charleston.

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Court awards $9 million to murder victim’s heirs (access required)


The heirs of a man who was gunned down in Charleston have won a $9 million bench verdict against his imprisoned killer. Collecting that kind of money from a prisoner serving a 20-year sentence will be difficult, if not impossible, but the verdict represented a satisfying moral victory, said John L. Duffy III, an attorney for the victim’s 4-year-old son and his mother, Shonda Gennings.

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Unlicensed contractor loses standoff over unpaid bill (access required)

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Taking on a Navy SEAL is never wise, but it’s an especially bad idea when you’re a building contractor trying to get paid for work you did while you were unlicensed. Keith Williams, a former diver with SEAL Team 6, had a falling out with builder Josh Rodgers, owner of Flyzone Construction Inc., after hiring him to build a $300,000 boat house and then to do $250,000 in renovations to his main residence.

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Different ruling, same result (access required)

The Davie County (N.C.) District Court seems intent on preventing an incarcerated sex offender from visiting with the girl he fathered as the result of a statutory rape, but its orders keep getting unraveled by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

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