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Mother sues for costs in daughter’s death

Mother sues for costs in daughter’s death Lakisha Butler alleged damages suffered in conjunction with the illness and subsequent death of her daughter, Chela Victoria Butler. Butler sought review by the Louisiana medical review panel in April 2010. She named as defendants Dr. Richard Lebouef, Dr. Floyd A. Buras Jr., Dr. Louis Bevrotte, Dr. Neel Shah, Drs. Lebouef & Buras, AMC, and Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. After the medical

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Something stinks: Unhappy homeowner sues county

Something stinks: Unhappy homeowner sues county In 2010, Coley Brown filed a complaint against the East Richland County, South Carolina, Public Service District for inverse condemnation, trespass, and negligence. The complaint alleged that the district had installed a sewage force main and an air relief valve on Brown’s street, and the valve released offensive odors on his property multiple times a day. Brown made repeated requests to the district to

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Clashing claims: Must CGL pay for auto injury?

Clashing claims: Must CGL pay for auto injury? Naida and Brett Singleton owned and operated Pee Dee Heating and Cooling Specialists, Inc. On February 14, 2008, Auto-Owners Insurance Company issued Pee Dee an automobile policy that provided $300,000 in coverage for combined liability, uninsured, and underinsured motorists protection on five scheduled drivers and six scheduled vehicles, as well as comprehensive coverage, collision, and “road trouble service.” On February 15, 2008,

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A tangled web: Subrogation vs. lien

A tangled web: Subrogation vs. lien In June 2012, Karen Auers was injured in a car crash. At the time of the crash she was insured by Progressive Direct Insurance Company under a policy that included underinsured motorist benefits of up to $100,000. As a result of the crash, Auers incurred approximately $178,083.44 in medical expenses. Progressive Direct paid $20,000 of those bills by way of no-fault medical benefits. The

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That wicked cocaine: Driver flees police and crashes

That wicked cocaine: Driver flees police and crashes At around 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2010, Exavier Gardner was driving a 1996 white Mercury Grand Marquis borrowed with permission from its owner,  Brittany Husky. Gardner was the sole occupant of the vehicle, had recently consumed several intoxicants, was in possession of cocaine, and was navigating rush-hour traffic when he observed a police vehicle behind him. Two detectives of the Jefferson

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