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Trustees of James Brown’s estate don’t feel good about settlement  (access required)

COLUMBIA (AP) — Trustees who say they were unjustly removed from the charitable trust of the late soul singer James Brown urged South Carolina’s Supreme Court last week to strike down the estate settlement. The justices questioned an attorney for former trustees Adele Pope and Robert Buchanan about their contention that then-South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster didn’t have the authority to push through the deal that ended years of fighting among Brown’s heirs. Pope and Buchanan asked that the settlement be reorganized by a lower court.

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Workers’ Compensation – Civil Action – Settlement – Lack of Notice – Claim Barred – Evidence – Judicial Notice   (access required)

Wise v. Wise Where claimant sued his employer and a third party without giving the notice required by the Workers’ Compensation Act, and where claimant settled with the third party and obtained a default judgment against his employer, claimant’s workers’ compensation action is barred.

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Retirement home neglect results in $500,000 settlement (access required)

Chris Rigdon was raised by his grandparents, Orie and Helen Rigdon. Before Orie died in 2004, Chris promised him he’d take care of Helen. Chris eventually came to believe he had breached that promise — but that was due, he alleged, to the gross negligence of Ashley River Plantation Retirement Community, where he moved Helen Rigdon in July 2009. On her admission, she was diagnosed with hypertension, dysphasia and muscle weakness. Her care plan noted that she would require full assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. She was unable to walk, and she often became confused and disoriented due to senile dementia. Nathan Hughey (pictured) of Charleston, represented the plaintiff.

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Computer technician nets $700K settlement for fall from forklift (access required)

A computer technician who tumbled 15 feet to the ground and shattered his elbow while installing cables in the ceiling of a warehouse has settled his premises liability claim with the warehouse owner for $775,000. The company that owns the warehouse, StoneWorks, had hired Edward Matthews, 57 at the time of the accident, to install a computer network at its Bluffton office. Matthews headed to the warehouse to run cables in the ceiling.

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Condo class doubles up (access required)

Jesse Kirchner didn't shield a Charleston County jury from the $8 million in settlement dollars he had already secured in the construction case now before the jury. In fact, he was quite upfront with jurors. "We told the jury from the beginning that it would cost $15.7 million to fix the buildings," said Kirchner, a plaintiffs' attorney with Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton. "We had already received $8 million and we're going to ask for the difference."

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