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Defense Verdict

Jun 21, 2018

Verdict directed for defense  in food poisoning case

A Wake County judge handed down a directed defense verdict April 26 after plaintiffs presented evidence, saying they failed to show the company that made the potato salad that gave a man food poisoning was responsible for his sickness. Defense lawyer Matthew Little from Raleigh, who represented St. Clair Foods Inc., said the case against […]

May 13, 2015

Jury rules for jail officers in excessive force claim

An inmate in the Wake County jail who sought $225,000 after allegedly being assaulted by two detention officers in separate incidents declined a settlement offer of $26,000 and opted to take his chances with a jury—and ended up with nothing. Defense attorney Nick Ellis of Poyner & Spruill in Raleigh said Eugene Dunston made his […]

May 7, 2015

Government loses housing discrimination case

A landlord in Beaufort County has prevailed against the federal government in a hotly contested lawsuit over racial discrimination.

Jan 5, 2011

Defense verdict in products liability suit over wheelchair fire

This was a wrongful-death claim grounded in products liability. Plaintiff claimed that his 70-year-old mother burned to death as a result of an alleged wiring defect and resulting short circuit in an electric self-propelled wheelchair. Alternatively, plaintiff claimed that the wheelchair lacked sufficient flame retardancy in its component parts, and that the chair therefore burned […]

Jul 28, 2010

Defense verdict in suit over Watauga construction injury

In October 2006, the plaintiff’s decedent, a roofing subcontractor, was injured on a construction site on Beech Mountain when wooden roofing trusses fell on him causing open leg fracture and closed arm fracture. He passed away in July 2009, following amputation of the injured leg, and his physician opined that his 2009 death was caused […]

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