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City of Greensboro settles discrimination suit (access required)

After being passed over for a series of promotions, Greensboro city employee Jean Jackson, the athletics director for the city’s parks and recreation department, sued the city for gender and race discrimination. Her case had already gone to trial and was in the jury’s hands when the city finally agreed to settle on Feb. 17.

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Cell phone use leads to $2.5 million settlement (access required)

An 82-year-old North Carolina retiree, returning home from an antique car show in Kentucky on July 4, 2010, miraculously survived a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Wythe County, Va. The driver of the tractor-trailer had been driving recklessly and following too close just prior to the accident. He was charged with driving while distracted after he admitted using of his cell phone just prior to the accident. (Plaintiff attorney Dan Firth pictured above.)

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Young father’s death results in $2M settlement (access required)

Quick investigative work lead to a pretrial settlement and payment of the policy limits of $2 million in a Duplin County wrongful death case. In June 2011, the defendant was driving 63 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 117 in Duplin County. He crossed a double yellow line to pass a car stopped in front of him at an intersection and collided head-on with a car approaching from the opposite direction, killing the 21-year-old driver, and injuring his 20-year-old wife and three-year-old daughter.

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