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Lawsuit Filed Against Hickory Tavern Over Wage Payment

Former Hickory Tavern Server Files Wage Payment Lawsuit Against Restaurant Chain A former server at Hickory Tavern, a North Carolina based restaurant chain, has filed a lawsuit claiming that the company paid her and hundreds of others $2.13 per hour but required them to perform work unrelated to waiting tables, for which they should have received … [Read more...]

Judge Rules Back of the House Restaurant Payouts Violate Federal Wage Law

Two local waitresses recently resolved a class action lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse with a $700,000 settlement. According to the lawsuit, Texas Roadhouse servers and other tipped employees were required to contribute a portion of their gross sales into a tip pool. The tip pool was used to pay back-of-the-house kitchen staff who would not … [Read more...]

$70 Million Verdict Against J&J in Risperdal Trial

Largest Verdict Thus Far Against Jansen for $70 Million in Risperdal Trial According to Reuters, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, was hit with a $70 million verdict in a Risperdal trial last week, marking the largest verdict against Janssen thus far in this ongoing litigation. The award was handed down in the case of a 15 … [Read more...]

SLED Increasing Crackdown on Beer Festivals

Beer Festival Organizers to Change Their Process Following Increased Enforcement of State Alcoholic Beverage Control Act According to The Post and Courier, beer festival organizers in South Carolina are facing new hurdles as they plan their upcoming events. The problem stems from recent increased enforcement of a state law that is 20 years old. … [Read more...]

Woman Released from Jail in Child Cruelty Case

Woman Arrested with Child Cruelty Charges for Disciplining Her Children Released from Jail According to the Advocate, a 30-year-old single mother of six was put in jail last Tuesday after admitting to hitting three of her sons with a cord after they stole from and vandalized a neighbor’s home. The woman is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and she was … [Read more...]

Pharmaceutical Salesmen Arrested for Providing Kickbacks to Prescribe Fentanyl

Two salesmen from Arizona-based pharmaceutical company Insys have been arrested for allegedly paying doctors to prescribe Subsys. USA Today reports, Subsys is the company’s fast acting version of fentanyl that is sprayed under the tongue, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan district court. Fentanyl is the powerful painkiller that killed … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Orlando: Tips for Active Shooter Situations

In wake of Orlando Tragedy, Preparation in Active Shooter Situations is Key On the early morning of Sunday, June 12th, 29 year-old Omar Manteen shot and killed 49 people in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Orlando Police were eventually able to neutralize Manteen after a standoff that lasted several hours. According to authorities, … [Read more...]

Muhammad Ali’s Children Face Uphill Legal Battle Over Ali’s Estate

Some suspect unity between Muhammad Ali's children will not last during their battle over Ali’s estate, worth an estimated $80 million Muhammad Ali, the famed Olympic and professional boxer known as “The Greatest,” died on June 3, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 74. Mr. Ali is often regarded as one of the most influential sports figures … [Read more...]

Fatal Boating Accident Leads to Indictment of Florence Man

Florence Man Indicted After Fatal Jet Ski Accident on Lake Marion In May of 2014, a 19-year-old girl from Clarendon County was killed in a jet ski accident on Lake Marion after colliding with a 26-year-old man. Around 7 p.m. on May 19th, the Florence man crashed his watercraft into the young girl’s jet ski. As a result, she was airlifted to a … [Read more...]

SC Reviews Alternative Workers’ Compensation Plans

South Carolina Considers Other Workers' Compensation Legislation A number of states including Oklahoma and Texas currently allow employers to elect an employer injury plan over state mandated insurance coverage. South Carolina recently considered similar workers’ compensation legislation through House Bill 4197, which was proposed this time last … [Read more...]