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Two Years Later, Floor Collapse Near Clemson That Injured 30 People Results in Lawsuit
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A floor collapse that led to injuries to 30 people is the subject of a recent lawsuit. The collapse took place at the Woodlands of Clemson near Clemson University in October 2018. A woman injured in the collapse alleges the property owners, builders, and event organizers did not do enough to prevent the collapse from taking place. Her lawsuit was filed in Pickens County Circuit Court and seeks actual damages, punitive damages, and legal costs. To date, six people have filed suit over the incident.
Haley Walters, Greenville News 10/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: Intoxicated Driver Travelling at 110 mph Caused Student's Brain Injury
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A South Carolina high school student who was hit by an intoxicated driver has filed a lawsuit. The PALM Charter high school student filed a lawsuit this week in Horry County over injuries he suffered when he was struck by the driver. The plaintiff alleges he suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by the driver, who was traveling at 110 miles per hour. According to the lawsuit, the driver had consumed alcohol at two bars before the accident. Named as defendants in the complaint are the driver, Wild Horse Saloon, and Scores Sports Bar.
Alex Lang, The Myrtle Beach Sun News 10/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Homeowners Near Sterigenics Plant Sue Over Property Value Drop
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Homeowners in Cobb County, Georgia, have filed a lawsuit alleging their property values have decreased due to their proximity to a medical sterilizer. Plaintiffs say the values of their properties have dropped due to emissions of ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used by Sterigenics to sterilize medical equipment. Last year, a report flagged the area near the plant for increased cancer risk, prompting public outrage, a decrease in property values, and closure of the plant. Sterigenics has since reopened the plant and is currently involved in two lawsuits against Cobb County officials and tax assessors.
Meris Lutz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Summa Employee Nearly Froze to Death in Parking Lot, Alleges Lawsuit
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Summa Health System is named as defendant in a lawsuit alleging a rehab hospital staff member nearly froze to death in the facility's parking lot. The plaintiff was working as a respiratory therapist at Summa Rehab Hospital in Akron, Ohio at the time of the incident. She states in the lawsuit that she nearly froze to death after she passed out in the parking lot while feeling ill. The lawsuit accuses Summa of negligence "for not having security cameras in the area of the parking lot where she passed out and that a security guard who promised to help her did not" and seeks damages in excess of $25,000.
Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal 10/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Tentative $28M Settlement Reached in Fatal Tree Collapse at California Wedding
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A tentative $28 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over the death of a woman who was hit by a fallen tree at a California wedding. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2017 and alleged the city of Whittier was responsible for the dangerous condition of the public property. The tree, the lawsuit states, fell over as a result of over-watering and unsafe placement. Nineteen people are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including the woman's husband and children.
Staff Report, MyNewsLA.com 10/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Court Holds Mobile Greyhound Racing to Settlement, Not Later Jury Verdict
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Mobile Greyhound Racing has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed over the death of an Alabama man who died in a crash in 2015. The lawsuit alleged the driver who caused the accident became intoxicated at the dog track prior to driving. The settlement came before a Mobile County Circuit Court jury delivered a $12.4 million verdict against Mobile Greyhound. Mobile County Circuit Judge Wesley Pipes ruled that the settlement was binding and did not permit the jury verdict. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
Mike Cason, AL.com 10/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
Planning in Uncertain Times: How to Effectively Manage Law Firm Cash Flow
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the legal industry. The resulting closures and delays will likely create longer-term issues for law firm operations than originally expected when the severity of the health crisis was still unknown. In addition, the rapid transition to virtual proceedings and managing a remote workforce has probably sparked changes in how your law firm is run. Some of the biggest, and most important aspects of how your firm has been impacted may be in case intake and revenues.
Joseph Kasouf, Esq., General Counsel, Counsel Financial 10/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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