Zantac Cancer Lawsuit Update UPDATED 10-25-2021 Generic Only Use cases are out of the MDL. Studies show the following cancers to have the best causation to brand name Zantac use: Bladder Cancer Liver Cancer Stomach Cancer Pancreatic Lung and Colorectal cancers also show strong causation to Zantac use. Prostate and Breast Cancer, while weaker, also show causation to brand name Zantac use. Zantac cancer litigation is moving fast on several fronts. There are state actions as well as the Federal … Read more
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Incretin mimetics lawsuits are being investigated by law firms across the United States. People naturally produce a hormone called incretin that tells the body when to release insulin. Insulin is a substance that lowers the level of sugar in the blood after you eat. People who have type 2 diabetes may be prescribed medications to help their bodies to produce sufficient amounts of insulin or that mimic the body’s natural incretins to lower blood sugar levels. One class of drugs … Read more
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Causation in this mass tort appears to be strong with a signature injury. 250,000 Allergan units were sold Millions of Americans have breast implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 313,735 breast augmentation cosmetic procedures were performed in 2018 in the U.S., and 101,675 breast reconstruction procedures were completed. Women may undergo breast augmentation surgery to achieve an aesthetic result that they want or get breast implants during a reconstruction process following mastectomies. Unfortunately, some types of implants … Read more
In This Article: What is Nursing Home Abuse What is Nursing Home Neglect Causes of neglect and abuse in nursing homes Liability of nursing homes for abuse and neglect Types of nursing home abuse The rights of nursing home residents What are the signs that abuse or neglect is occurring? What to do if you suspect abuse Filing a lawsuit Wrongful death caused by abuse and neglect Contact us for help Nursing Home Abuse At some point in time, … Read more
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The New Hampshire Jarhead MC tragedy is one of the most horrific accidents to ever occur in the biker community. The victims were injured not only by the accident itself, but by the negligence of both a trucking company and the department of motor vehicles. Patrick Anderson of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers interviews Justin Lovely to discuss this case and what would happen if this occurred in South Carolina. Justin’s #1 tip for riders in South … Read more
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Trampoline park injuries According to NBC, there are an estimated 800 trampoline parks in the U.S. The indoor parks allow patrons to bounce and are popular among children and families. However, trampoline park injuries reportedly lead to 100,000 emergency department visits every year, according to a recent study that was reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The number of trampoline park injuries has greatly increased. Among children, 59% of fractures such as a broken leg … Read more
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Car wreck injury claims against Pizza or Food Delivery Drivers Pizza is one of those entrees that most people love, and ordering pizza for delivery is popular. Whether you prefer Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa Johns, or Hungry Howies, you simply have to make a quick phone call or place your order online, and your pizza will arrive at your door in a short period of time. Unfortunately, pizza delivery drivers are more likely to cause accidents. These wrecks cause pizza … Read more
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Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits People who have limited mobility and who experience severe pain in their hip joints may get hip implants to replace their natural joints. Doctors place these devices in patients’ hip joints and femurs during hip replacement surgeries. Hip replacement implants can improve mobility and reduce pain that people experience. However, if the implants fail, the patients may experience severe pain and have to undergo hip revision surgeries to repair or replace their implants. Hip revision surgery … Read more
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Amtrak’s deadly collision with a CSX train could have been prevented. The NTSB is currently investigating this accident. Two people have been killed in the train accident and more than 100 passengers were injured when the Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train. According to the NTSB’s initial investigation, a CSX employee switched the train tracks so that the Amtrak train was moved off of the main line. Further investigations revealed that the Amtrak train was not equipped with … Read more
The Carolina Justice Report Podcast
The Carolina Justice Report is a podcast from The Lovely Law Firm, located in Myrtle Beach, SC. The podcast features information, interviews and commentary on personal injury law, criminal law and community safety topics. The Lovely Law Firm represents clients in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas with criminal and personal injury cases.
On this episode, attorneys Amy Lawrence and Sarah Austin discuss the recent verdict in the Russell Laffitte fraud trial. Laffitte, the CEO of Palmetto State Bank, was found guilty on all counts of fraud in the trial. The attorneys discuss how Laffitte admitted to doing all of the banking for PPE&D, a law firm, as well as for Alec Murdaugh’s personal accounts. Laffitte also acted as a conservator for several of Murdaugh’s clients, who were victims of Murdaugh stealing money through the bank. The trial lasted for about a week and a half, and new information came out during the trial about Laffitte involvement in the fraud and the efforts to cover it up. The attorneys also discuss the recording of a board meeting at Palmetto State Bank where it was discussed that Laffitte was stealing money and loaning it out of accounts, as well as the testimony of Janine, a sister-in-law of Laffitte, about the law firm’s efforts to cover up the missing money.
Information from Count On 2 News in Charleston November 22, 2022:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Russell Laffitte, the former CEO of Palmetto State Bank and accused accomplice of Alex Murdaugh, was found guilty in a downtown Charleston courtroom on Tuesday.
Laffitte was found guilty on all six of the following counts:
- Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud
- Bank fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Misapplication of bank funds (x3)
The decision came after over 11 hours of deliberation, two alternate jurors being brought in, and nearly two weeks of witness testimony and review of evidence in this case. Laffitte faced a slew of federal charges – including bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy – all connected to alleged financial schemes involving disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, who presided over the case, charged the jury with making a decision on whether Laffitte should be found guilty on any of the charges just one day after both prosecutors and the defense made their closing arguments in the case.
Federal prosecutors have argued that Laffitte used his position at Palmetto State Bank to carry out the crimes. He was fired as CEO in early 2022.
Through his testimony, Laffitte admitted that he made mistakes, but reiterated that he believed he did nothing illegal as a banker over his nearly three-decade career at his family’s bank.
He also said that he failed to closely review checks brought to him by Murdaugh, but says he trusted Murdaugh as his attorney and directed the money as he was told to do so by Murdaugh.
After three hours into deliberations, the jury returned to the courtroom shortly before 1:30 p.m. with a note asking to see a transcript from Laffitte’s testimony. Judge Gergel, though, said that a full transcript was not ready for publishing but that a court reporter could read certain parts if necessary. The jury returned to deliberations moments later.
Around 3:00 p.m., the jury asked to listen again to a secret recording of a November 3 Palmetto State Bank board meeting made by Laffitte. The tape was played and the jury returned to deliberation.
Just before 6:30 p.m., the jury ordered pizza and continued working through dinner.
Around 7:45 p.m., the jurors brought four notes to the judge. Notes one and two were about a juror needing an antibiotic and feeling pressured to change his/her vote. Note three detailed a juror’s concerns about a “hostile juror room, a juror with prior jury experience who is fearful of being bullied, and a group of jurors who do not agree with the judge’s last charge.” Note four was about a juror who is experiencing anxiety.
Judge Gergel questioned whether it was necessary to bring in an alternate juror and start the process all over again. The jurors said that they did not want to come in on Wednesday and wanted to continue deliberating Tuesday night.
Around 8:30 p.m., two jurors were relieved and replaced with alternates. The jury then resumed deliberation.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m., court was called back into session and defense raised objection to the alternate juror who was brought in to relieve the juror with anxiety. Defense claimed that it should have been an hung jury.
Moments later, the jury confirmed that they had reached the verdict. Laffitte will be allowed to remain out on bond until his sentencing hearing.
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