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Aug 21, 2015

Banks & Banking – Bank Officers Face Negligence Claims

FDIC v. Rippy (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-149-15, 30 pp.) (Gregory, J.) No. 14-2078, Aug. 18, 2015; USDC at Wilmington, N.C. (Boyle, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In this suit alleging that plaintiff Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver, suffered $216 million in losses due to this North Carolina bank’s failure, the 4th Circuit says the district […]

Aug 4, 2015

Tyger River demand, negligence, net victim $1.1 million award

For cutting an auto accident claim check just a tad too late, Nationwide Insurance will pay a $1.1 million judgment to the victim, a federal judge in Charleston has ruled. Finding the incident more mistake than malice, the judge determined in a July 30 order that punitive damages would not be appropriate, however. According to […]

Jul 8, 2015

Finra orders investment broker to pay $1.17M award to family

Two Charleston lawyers have helped a family secure a more than $1.17 million award against a Texas financial advisor accused of negligence for selling self-serving investments and giving bad advice.

Dec 5, 2014

Case against Marriott settles for $2.46 million

An assistant principal whose career was cut short when a hotel shuttle he was riding in ran a red light has received a $2.46 million settlement for his injuries. “James Thompson was a rising star in the education community,” said Thompson’s attorney, John Clark of Sumter. “He was certain to go on to do great […]

Dec 2, 2014

SC firm gets $21.7M award for injured worker

A team of South Carolina lawyers won a $35.9 million jury verdict in Maryland for a 27-year-old man zapped with a bolt of electricity and paralyzed while working at an electrical substation.

Oct 27, 2014

A matter of force: $97.5M jury award trains a spotlight on the issue of law enforcement hiring

A jury deliberated just four hours before delivering a verdict and a message: $97.5 million — including $90 million in punitive damages — to the family of a man shot dead on a country road by a small-town police officer with a spotty history. In Reeves v. Town of Cottageville, et al., a jury found […]

Oct 21, 2014

Rikki don’t lose that number

Switching telephone service providers is a hassle. It was such a hassle for one South Carolina company that a federal court said the company can sue AT&T Southeast for negligence for failing to “port” the company’s phone number when he switched services, as federal law requires. Charles Strickland, owner and operator of Preferred Home Inspections, […]

Oct 16, 2014

Jury awards slain mayor’s family $97 million

CHARLESTON — A federal jury in Charleston has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting death. Multiple media outlets reported the jury reached the decision Wednesday in the negligence and wrongful death suit filed by the family of Burt Reeves. Reeves was shot by police officer Randall Price […]

Oct 2, 2014

Jury must rule on the hole question

A woman who was injured after her foot fell into a hole that had opened up in land owned by the city of Hartsville will be allowed to pursue her lawsuit against the city for not fixing the hole, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a Sept. 17 decision overturning the state’s Court of […]

Sep 15, 2014

Runaway wheel case settles for $600K

A man injured when the car he was driving hit a wheel that had fallen off a trailer on the interstate has settled his lawsuit against a trucking company and its owner for $600,000.

Aug 28, 2014

Tort/Negligence – Gross Negligence – Credit Card Receipt – Wrong Info – Arrest – Punitive Damages

Solanki v. Wal-Mart Store #2806 (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-100-14, 11 pp.) (Aphrodite Konduros, J.) (H. Bruce Williams, J., dissenting) Appealed from Spartanburg County Circuit Court (Frank Addy Jr., J.) S.C. App. Holding: Where a Wal-Mart employee made a mistake when running plaintiff’s credit card so that plaintiff’s purchases were charged to someone else, and where […]

Aug 27, 2014

Criminal Practice – Evidence – Pre-Autopsy Photos – Involuntary Manslaughter & Keeping a Dangerous Animal – Dog Mauling

State v. Collins (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-100-14, 13 pp.) (Donald Beatty, J.) (John Kittredge, J., joined by Kaye Hearn, J., concurring in the result) (Costa Pleicones, J., dissenting) Appealed from Dillon County Circuit Court (Paul Burch, J.) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Even if the trial court […]

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