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DOT settles condemnation dispute for $4.2M (access required)


A group of landowners in Wake County has reached a $4.2 million settlement with the Department of Transportation Turnpike Authority over a piece of land that is gradually getting split into more pieces than a pie at a family reunion. The original tract had already been bisected once for the creation of the N.C. 55 Bypass. The latest construction will now turn the resulting two pieces of land into four.

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Mishandled art costs Charlotte gallery $80K (access required)


Ben Long, the painter known for his frescoes in churches and building lobbies, including the three-panel piece inside the Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, thought he had a friend in Knox Bridges. The two met while working at Montreat College more than a decade ago, where Long had been painting a fresco and Bridges was raising funds for the school.

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Duke clinic ordered to pay $2M for delayed cancer diagnosis (access required)

An arbitration panel in Durham County Superior Court has awarded more than $2 million to a man who sued the Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic for taking too long to detect cancer near his vocal cords. David W. Crittenton, 46, sued the Duke clinic after one of its radiologists failed to detect cancer near his vocal cord and he was left with permanent pain in his face, jaw and neck.

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Couple hit with $863K verdict for stealing customers (access required)


A Johnston County husband and wife engaged in some high-tech skullduggery to cover their tracks as they tried to steal market share in the decidedly low-tech industry of historical re-enactment tours. A jury ordered the pair to pay over $863,000 in damages for conversion, fraud and trade practice violations after they tried to siphon off clients from Camp Flintlock, a Four Oaks-based company that offers field trips and summer camps depicting what life was like in Colonial America.

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Crash victim recovers, collects $849K (access required)

A remarkable recovery does not diminish the pain and suffering an automobile accident victim endures along the way. That was the case attorney Joseph Tunstall III made on behalf of his plaintiff, a middle-age woman who suffered mild traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding and broken bones in her face and body, but was later able to return to her job as a licensed practical nurse.

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Motorcycle accident ends with $2.5M settlement (access required)

Sometimes a tragic accident brings out the best in people. That’s how a plaintiff’s attorney described the process that yielded a $2.5 million settlement for his client, a middle-aged motorcyclist injured in a collision that left him paralyzed below the waist and necessitated the amputation of one of his legs.

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