Disclaimer: Any information posted about cases is intended only to be representative of the firm’s practice. These examples are not intended to, and cannot be relied upon, to predict the results in any other case.

Settlement

Dram shop / drunk driving / wrongful death

Practice Area: Serious Injuries/Wrongful Death

Terry Richardson and Chris Moore, along with co-counsel, represented the victims of drunk driving against the intoxicated driver and the establishments that over-served him.  The crash killed one and injured three others. Along with co-counsel, our team secured a $5.4 million settlement that included one of the bars agreeing to change the way it trains employees on the safe service of alcohol.

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Noteworthy Results, Settlement

Construction worker electrocution

Practice Area: Serious Injuries/Wrongful Death

In 2003, a 24-year-old construction worker was standing next to a crane at the Lake Murray dam in South Carolina when the crane made contact with power lines. He was electrocuted, causing the loss of both arms and legs. Richardson Thomas attorneys argued successfully that he could bring a personal-injury lawsuit rather than just a worker’s compensation claim. The case was settled for a confidential amount of money that is thought to be the largest personal injury settlement in South Carolina history.

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Noteworthy Results, Settlement

Consumer utility costs

Practice Area: Class Actions

In two of the largest class-action settlements in South Carolina history, Richardson Thomas attorneys, along with co-counsel, helped secure a combined $666 million in total rebates for electricity customers after SCANA and Santee Cooper walked away from building two new nuclear plants but had continued to charge consumers for costs related to them.

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Noteworthy Results, Settlement

Lithium-ion battery explosions

Practice Area: Dangerous Products

Richardson Thomas lawyers have represented clients in lawsuits against national manufacturers of remote-controlled vehicles, electronic cigarettes and other devices powered by lithium-ion batteries. Many across the country have been injured when such devices have exploded.

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Noteworthy Results

Train crash

Practice Area: Serious Injuries/Wrongful Death

A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, set off a chain of events that led to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. Richardson Thomas lawyers represented many of those hurt or killed as a result of the collision.

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Jury Verdict, Noteworthy Results

Vehicle closing costs

Practice Area: Business Disputes

Richardson Thomas attorneys won a $4-million judgment at trial on behalf of people who were charged fees beyond the auto dealers’ actual expenses.

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Noteworthy Results, Settlement

Vehicle tire malfunctions

Practice Area: Dangerous Products

Richardson Thomas attorneys represented dozens of people whose sport-utility vehicles rolled over after tire failures. Nationwide, the failures were linked to more than 200 fatalities and more than 800 deaths.

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Settlement

Negligent lifeguarding and aquatic safety

Practice Area: Serious Injuries/Wrongful Death

Richardson Thomas lawyers have experience in negligent lifeguarding and aquatic safety cases.  Clients have recovered over $20 million in settlements for injured children.

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Settlement

Exploding gas cans and other burn injuries

Practice Area: Dangerous Products

Richardson Thomas attorneys have represented many people who were burned by defective products, including gas cans, deep fryers and gas grills. This included more than 50 people who were hurt or killed by exploding gas cans. One group of clients received more than $60 million from a national manufacturer and national retailer.

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Noteworthy Results, Settlement

Tobacco lawsuit

Practice Area: Class Actions

The multi-billion dollar Tobacco Master Settlement came after more than 40 states sued tobacco companies, alleging deceptive and fraudulent practices that spanned decades.

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