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Dispute over plasma centers results in $37 million verdict

After two years of litigation and a two-week trial, it took a Wake County jury two days to deliberate a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by Plasma Centers of America. The wait paid off for Plasma Centers, which sued Research Triangle Park-based Talecris Plasma Resources in 2009 after Talecris sued Plasma Centers' manager in federal court in 2008. A Wake County jury returned a verdict in Plasma Centers' favor on Dec. 13. It awarded the Orange County, Calif.-based company $37 million. Michael Mitchell (pictured), who represented Plasma Centers, said Talecris uses plasma to develop medications commonly used for immunodeficiency and obstetrical illnesses.

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Jury discounts contrib defense in trucker’s P.I. case (access required)

It was a cold day in December 2008 when Mike Sprinkle backed his tanker truck up to the loading dock at an asphalt plant in Greensboro and, like he had done many times before, climbed a ladder to the top of the truck and guided a pipe into an opening for a refill. An employee of the plant, Hammaker East, told Sprinkle that the pipes were clogged and it would be a short while before the asphalt started flowing. But when the clog was dislodged, the burst of asphalt was so strong it caused the pipe to fly out of the truck, spraying asphalt all over Sprinkle and knocking him to the ground, shattering his knee in the process.

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