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Intersection Crash Results in Award to Plaintiff

A Charleston County jury awarded $150,000 in actual damages to a motorist claiming significant injuries following an intersection collision. The jury declined to award punitive damages or damages for loss of consortium. William Mellette was traveling northbound on S.C. Highway 171 on August 30, 2010. Crystal Nicole Rabon, who was traveling westbound on Charles Towne Landing Road, attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 171 and collided with Mellette’s vehicle. The intersection was controlled by a traffic light and Mellette’s vehicle was totaled in the collision. Mellette’s injuries included multiple orthopedic fractures and a blood clot in his lung. He also had blood in his urine. He sought compensatory and punitive damages. Rabon argued that Mellette was comparatively negligent and disputed that he was entitled to punitive damages.
Mellette v. Rabon,
Charleston County, SC

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Superior Court Judge Wins Libel Lawsuit

A Brunswick County jury awarded $105,000 to a judge who alleged she had been libeled by Internet postings. Ola Lewis, the Senior Resident Judge of Judicial District 13B, was up for reelection. While campaigning, she openly supported William Rabon in his run for the State Senate. Edward Rapp was a supporter of Rabon's opponent and also volunteered to serve as the opponent's Media Strategist. He posted a blog entry on Carolina Talk Network and on Facebook, which was entitled "Dirty Politics by the Good Ol Boys." The post not only criticized Rabon, but also stated that Lewis’ endorsement violated the state's judicial conduct code. Lewis’ attorney immediately contacted Rapp and told him that Lewis, as a candidate for office, can openly endorse any other candidate seeking election. Rapp posted a second blog entry a couple of days later under the title of "Apologies, Corrections, Explanations and Amplifications on My Blogs," but continued to imply that Lewis’ actions were unethical. Rapp argued that his postings were protected free speech.
Lewis v. Rapp,
Brunswick County, NC

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USA Sues Restaurant Over Alleged Fraudulent Use of Food Stamps

The United States of America filed a lawsuit against a restaurant and four of its employees for violation of the False Claims Act with regard to the use of food stamp funds to purchase items for the restaurant. The parties entered into a $62,000 settlement to resolve the lawsuit. The federal government offers food stamp assistance to eligible lower income families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The government provides EBT cards to the recipients, which are used like debit cards. Funds are placed on the cards in accordance with the specified eligibility of each recipient. Per the government, four employees of Ladybug Family Restaurant, Inc. fraudulently applied for and received SNAP benefits, which they then used at least 49 times between August 2011 and June 2012 to purchase bulk meat and other supplies for the restaurant, in violation of the False Claims Act.
USA v. Ladybug Family Restaurant
Western District of NC

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