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Hospital pays $11.5 million to murderer’s family (access required)

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A North Carolina hospital has paid $11.5 million to the family of a man who murdered his wife, stepdaughter and baby daughter then forced his two surviving kids to live in an apartment with the corpses before he finally killed himself. “This is one of the most tragic cases I’ve been involved with,” said an attorney for the family, Wade E. Byrd of Fayetteville.

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DOT pays big for Charlotte land-taking (access required)

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has paid one of the largest eminent domain settlements in the agency’s history to a shopping center that was essentially cut off from a major thoroughfare in Charlotte. The Independence Shopping Center, one of a series of businesses that have been crippled by the Independence Boulevard expressway project, has secured a $22.5 million payment from the state, according to Stephanie H. Autry of Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog in Raleigh.

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Minority owner of firm gets $372K from former partners (access required)

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A shareholder who filed a Meiselman action against the co-founders of a close corporation is due $371,898 plus interest following a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge’s ruling. The judgment came after a bench trial that lasted almost two weeks and involved more than 200 pieces of discovery and promulgated documents.

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Firm fights off worker’s Family Medical Leave Act claim (access required)

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A North Carolina jury has returned a verdict in favor of a construction company accused of violating the federal Family Medical Leave Act. An employee had alleged that the Lane Construction Corporation had interfered with his rights under the FMLA by terminating his employment despite the fact that he had a covered “serious health condition” entitling him to leave.

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Printing firm wins $328K against former shareholder (access required)

Harold McNamara’s fellow shareholder in a Triangle printing company had not been dead a full month before McNamara walked into an RBC Bank in Raleigh and persuaded an employee to make him the signatory on their corporation’s accounts. McNamara spent the following month writing more than $95,000 in checks to himself and his business on the company’s account.

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Parents of stillborn settle med-mal suit for $400K (access required)

The parents of a stillborn baby have settled a wrongful death lawsuit against a North Carolina medical practice for $400,000. They accused an obstetrician of waiting too long to perform an ultrasound on the mother and alleged that a triage nurse failed to tell the mother to have an immediate evaluation after she reported that her baby wasn’t kicking as much as it had been.

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