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Prisoner collects $670K after van wreck (access required)

Johnny Odom knew he had a long ride in front of him. He was being transported in a privately owned van from a corrections facility in Greenville to one in Colorado. The bus was driving through the night, taking a detour through Florida to pick up other prisoners, during which Odom was handcuffed but not buckled into his seat. Around 4 a.m., a drunk driver collided head-on with the van, causing it to flip over several times.

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‘Tyger River’ demand results in $1 million settlement (access required)

A Greenville attorney has convinced an insurance company to pay $1 million to a client who was injured in a big-rig crash, and he didn’t even have to file a lawsuit. Ryan S. Montgomery, a solo practitioner, relied on what is known as a “Tyger River” demand to secure the Aug. 31 settlement. Under the doctrine, an insurer has a duty to the insured to settle a personal injury claim when it is reasonable and covered by the policy in play.

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Charleston restaurant settles wrongful death suit for $1.1M (access required)

A company that owns a popular Charleston restaurant has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that one of its employees caused a drunken driving crash that killed a 32-year-old man last year. The family of Quentin G. Miller sued The Neighborhood Dining Group for wrongful death after an assistant manager at its Husk Restaurant crashed his vehicle into the back of a car that Miller was driving on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge at 4 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2011. Miller’s car caught fire and he died on the bridge.

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