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State trooper allegedly fired for violating truthfulness policy

Reginald Newberne, a State Highway patrolman who was fired for allegedly violating the department’s truthfulness policy, was awarded $1.1 million by a Wake County jury. Newberne had sued the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, alleging that he was terminated as punishment for reporting the wrongdoing of a fellow officer and his termination was in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act. The defense maintained that Newberne did not engage in a protected activity, as he failed to give a complete statement during the investigation into his allegations against the fellow officer. As a result, the department asserted that Newberne violated the department’s truthfulness policy and was properly terminated.
Newberne v. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
Wake County - NC

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Needle stick as due to poor parking lot maintenance: suit

Carla Denise Garrison, who was stuck by a hypodermic needle her daughter found in a Target parking lot, was awarded $4,168,500 in damages against Target Corp. Garrison was trying to remove the needle from her 8-year-old daughter’s grasp at the time of the incident. According to Garrison, the incident occurred due to Target’s failure to maintain the parking lot in a reasonably safe manner and the failure of store employees to ensure routine parking lot cleanings were completed, leading to debris and dangerous trash being left in the parking lot for an extended time period. Target had contended that the premises was maintained in a reasonably safe manner, Garrison was not injured by the needle and Garrison was contributorily negligent.
Garrison v. Target Corp.
Anderson County - SC

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Duct misidentification is a known risk, per surgeon

A surgeon who inadvertently lacerated the common bile and common hepatic ducts during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy received a defense verdict in a medical malpractice suit. The patient, John Kovalcik, had sued Michael Ellis, M.D., alleging that Ellis failed to properly identify the ducts and then failed to recognize the error and repair the ducts intraoperatively. Kovalcik’s general surgery expert testified that either an open surgery should have been performed or a cholangiogram should have been utilized intraoperatively to identify the correct ducts. Ellis argued that duct misidentification was a known risk of the surgery. Defense experts stated that Ellis met the standard of care, even though he misidentified the ducts.
Kovalcik v. Ellis
Horry County - SC

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Carolinas Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent North and South Carolina cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Gaston, Mecklenburg and Wake counties in North Carolina and Charleston, Horry and Richland in South Carolina.

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