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Verdicts & Settlements

Feb 12, 2017

NC Largest Verdicts & Settlements 2017

In this issue, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly presents its annual compilation of million-dollar verdicts and settlements. The survey highlights 38 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more that were submitted to our editors, or were discovered by our reporters, over the past year. Causes of action, as usual, run the gamut. The city of […]

Feb 1, 2017

Woozy patient drove away, dentist settles wreck claim for $480K

Allowing a woozy patient to get behind the wheel has cost an insurer for a dental practice $480,000, according to Durham attorney William Mills. Mills of Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney said the dentist in question gave the plaintiff anti-anxiety medication lorazepam, because he was nervous about having dental work done. But the dentist failed […]

Jan 30, 2017

Top verdicts of 2016

  1. Plaintiff wins $9M verdict against N&O   A former state firearms examiner was awarded a $9 million libel verdict against The News & Observer and one of its reporters. The 2010 article at the heart of the matter was critical of the work of State Bureau of Investigation Agent Beth Desmond. Among other […]

Jan 30, 2017

Officer’s estate secures $5.35M settlement from crash

The estate of a former police officer who was killed when a tractor-trailer truck overturned and fell on his patrol car has reached a $5.35 million confidential pre-suit settlement with multiple parties, including the owner of the chassis the truck was pulling, attorneys for the officer’s estate report. David Kirby and Bill Bystrynski of Edwards […]

Jan 17, 2017

Surgery mishap results in $600K verdict

A Catawba County jury has awarded $600,000 to a man who suffered injuries after doctors severed the wrong abdominal duct while removing his gall bladder in 2011. Attorney Mark Melrose of Asheville said his client Jerry Wayne Roberts checked into the Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory on Jan. 11, 2011, so he could undergo […]

Dec 1, 2016

Shareholders reach $160K settlement in challenge to bank merger

The North Carolina Business Court has approved a “disclosure-based” settlement agreement resolving a shareholder lawsuit stemming from the merger of NewBridge Bancorp and Navy Merger Sub Corp. The settlement agreement awards $135,000 to the plaintiffs for attorneys’ fees, as well as an additional $25,462 for expenses. A class of shareholders filed the lawsuit after the […]

Nov 22, 2016

Decedent’s estate awarded $6.13M after fatal heart attack

The estate of a man who suffered a massive heart attack just hours after being sent home from the hospital after complaining of chest pains and tingling in his arms has been awarded more than $6 million, according to one of his attorneys. Jon Moore of Brown Moore & Associates in Charlotte was one of […]

Nov 17, 2016

Bank hit for $1.15M for lack of fair dealing

A Mecklenburg County judge has awarded $1.15 million to the former landlords of a commercial property in Charlotte. The court found that Capital Bank had violated its obligation of good faith and fair dealing by misleading the landlords into believing the note on the property would be extended once the tenants renewed their lease, and […]

Nov 15, 2016

Excessive force claim leads to $50K settlement

Two men who accused the city of Raleigh and several police officers of unlawful arrest and excessive force have settled the case for $50,000, one of their attorneys has reported. The men, Isaac Horton and Omeze Nwankwo, sued last year, alleging civil rights violations after being arrested outside of nightclub Noir on July 11, 2014. […]

Nov 15, 2016

Plaintiff wins $9M verdict against N&O

The former state firearms examiner who won a stunning $9 million libel verdict against The News & Observer and one of its reporters has asked a judge to award her nearly $60,000 in costs along with interest on the award. Beth Desmond’s attorney, James Johnson of DeMent Askew in Raleigh, said in an interview after […]

Nov 3, 2016

Defense scores win in challenge to $1 million estate

A Surry County Superior Court has rejected a challenge to the last will and testament representing a $1 million estate led by a man who claimed his deceased brother was incapable of making the will. The court granted summary judgment to the family friend named as the estate’s beneficiary. Glenn Creed was 91 at the […]

Nov 3, 2016

Child injured at rec center settles for $6M

The case of an 8-year-old girl who suffered a spinal cord stroke after being injured at a recreational center has been settled for $6 million, her attorneys report. Many facts of the case were withheld pursuant to a confidentiality clause, but according to According to Elizabeth Grimes of the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo […]

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