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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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Jury awards $750,000 in slip-and-fall case (access required)

A jury has awarded $750,000 to a woman in a slip-and-fall case, but the defendant wants a judge to reverse the verdict and order a new trial. The plaintiff, Elaine Reynolds, was working at a Target store in Guilford County in June 2009, when she walked across a wet carpet that had been recently shampooed, and slipped when she stepped onto a tile floor.

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Blocked driveway equals unlawful taking, judge rules (access required)


Henry Frampton and his wife had things worked out just fine with properties they owned on Folly Road in Charleston. She owned the parcel where they lived, and he owned the one next door, which they used as a rental property. They had no trouble finding tenants — until the S.C. Department of Transportation began a bridge replacement project which involved putting a guardrail directly in front of the driveway on that lot.

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Test results that showed heart condition overlooked  (access required)

The family of a 36-year-old man whose death in the woods during a hunting trip came just weeks after a doctor failed to notice his serious heart condition collected a $3 million settlement after filing a medical malpractice action. Chad A. McGowan (pictured) of McGowan, Hood & Felder in Rock Hill represented the deceased hunter’s family in the med-mal lawsuit against the doctor. The suit was settled earlier this month.

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