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Debtor wins rare verdict in federal collections abuse case (access required)

A federal jury has returned a verdict in favor of a debtor whose suit against Absolute Collection Service resulted in what attorneys say was the first-ever Fair Debt Collections and Practices Act jury trial and verdict in North Carolina. Plaintiff Diane Russell's victory in the case may change the way attorneys for debtors and collection agencies handle such claims in the future, said Sanford attorney Angela Martin (pictured), who represented Russell.

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$15M verdict against killer means closure for family, recovery from potential book deal (access required)

That murder victim Jimmy Lee Blevins' family will never recover any of the $14.96 million judgment entered earlier this month in a wrongful-death action against his killer isn't a foregone conclusion, according to the family's attorney. "I've heard about a few chapters of a book and rumors of a movie deal in the works," Crumpler attorney David Jolly (pictured) told Lawyers Weekly. The killer, Freddie Hammer, is only two murders short of Charles Manson, he said. "He's a cold-blooded psychopath," Jolly said. "He never showed any remorse to the Blevins family."

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Insured recovers on counterclaim for malicious prosecution over Wilson fire (access required)

Laurie Volpe was the owner of Cully’s Motorcross Park, Inc. Cully’s was originally the owner of a motorcross park in Florida. When Volpe and her husband, Louis Volpe, moved to North Carolina, Cully’s was incorporated in North Carolina and began ...

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