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Boy Scouts: District executive not fired because of race
Jean Dominique was awarded $139,272 in lost earnings by a Forsyth County jury for wrongful interference with contracts. Other claims of race discrimination and retaliation were rejected by the jury, which also denied a request for damages for mental anguish and emotional distress. Dominique, a black, Hispanic male, had claimed he was harassed and discriminated against on account of his race and that he was fired from this job as District Executive for the Old Hickory Council, a local council chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, when he complained of the discrimination. He had also claimed tortious interference with an alleged contract. The defense denied all of the allegations and argued that Dominique was fired for poor job performance.
Dominique v. Boy Scouts of America
Forsyth County - NC
English professor said his firing was a breach of contract
An Abbeville County jury awarded $600,000 to a tenured English professor who argued that his termination by Erskine College constituted a breach of his employment contract. William Crenshaw, who had worked at the college for 35 years, claimed there was no cause for his termination, which occurred following a medical emergency suffered by a student in his class. Crenshaw argued that he had taken reasonable measures to help the student, while the college asserted that Crenshaw’s handling of the situation violated the college’s procedures and policies. Erskine denied any contractual violations. The college maintained that it had just cause to fire Crenshaw and that it followed proper procedures to do so.
Crenshaw v. Erskine College
Abbeville County - SC
Defense: Carotid artery perforation was risk of surgery
A Richland County jury awarded $438,000 to a woman who allegedly suffered a permanent arm injury due to a thrombus that formed because of a compression technique used to stem blood loss when the patient’s carotid artery was perforated by an anesthesiologist. Willie Mae Roach, who had presented for a Whipple procedure to remove a mass from her pancreas, alleged that Dr. Elbert Thornton failed to utilize proper technique when attempting to place a central venous catheter into her right jugular vein prior to surgery. Roach argued that this resulted in an inadvertent perforation of the carotid artery. The defense argued that Thornton had complied with the standard of care and that the injury was an accepted risk of the procedure.
Roach v. Thornton
Richland County - SC
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