Official news releases from the firm.
RPWB SOUTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT DECISION
August 27, 2014 - RPWB attorneys Terry Richardson and Chris Moore along with Robert McKenzie of McDonald, McKenzie, Rubin, Miller and Lybrand in Columbia, South Carolina successfully argued for the invalidation of a family member step-down provision contained in the automobile insurance policy which insured their clients who were tragically killed in a railroad crossing incident. The family member step-down provision at issue operated to reduce the amount of liability coverage provided by the policy to the minimum limits in South Carolina when the injured person was a named insured or a household relative of the insured – those persons known to use the insured vehicle the most.
Chris Moore argued the case before the Supreme Court of South Carolina in March 2013 and the Court’s opinion was published August 20, 2014. The Court found that the family member step-down provision violated the public policy of South Carolina in that it conflicted with a state statute and that enforcement of such a provision would be injurious to the public welfare of South Carolina. The opinion can be read in its entirety here: http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/opinions/HTMLFiles/SC/27435.pdf
RPWB WELCOMES NEW ATTORNEY – MATTHEW A. NICKLES
August 18, 2014 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB), announced it has hired Matthew A. Nickles as an associate attorney. He will practice in the areas of Antitrust, Class Actions and Securities Fraud.
Mr. Nickles earned a B.A. in History from Washington and Lee University where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010 where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Order of the Wig and Robe and Articles Editor for the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business. Also, Mr. Nickles was Associate Justice of Writing and Research, Moot Court; a Merit Scholarship Recipient and CALI Awards winner. Most recently, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard M. Gergel, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Mr. Nickles will practice in the firm’s Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina office.
BURKE PRESENTS AT AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE ANNUAL CONVENTION
July 28, 2014 - RPWB attorney Beth Middleton Burke presented at a CLE hosted by the Lipitor Litigation Group at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention. Ms. Burke is Co-Chair of the AAJ Lipitor Litigation Group and was part of a panel that updated attendees on the status of Lipitor litigation. The AAJ Annual Convention is being held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 26-29.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT REACHED IN VIRGIN ISLANDS ENVIRONMENTAL CASE
June 17, 2014 – RPWB attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea and their associated counsel John K. Dema announced the government of The Virgin Islands has reached settlements including cash and remediation costs in litigation involving contamination on the southern coast of St. Croix.
Evans, Rhea and Dema represented the Virgin Islands government in the case. The settlements are estimated to range from $125 million to $145 million, including clean-up work at the sites and cash payments of approximately $65 million.
Defendants included Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation (HOVIC) and Hovensa, LLC, operators of a large oil refinery, and Lockheed Martin, St. Croix Alumina, LLC (SCA), Alcoa World Alumina, LLC, and St. Croix Renaissance Group, LLLP, owners and operators of an alumina refining plant.
$6 M SETTLEMENT APPROVED IN HORRY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CASE
June 3, 2014 - RPWB announces that a $6 million class action settlement has been approved in a construction defect case against Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc., Horry County, SC. The class action suit claimed that Horry Electric's Good Cents Program's vapor barrier requirement for the interior side of the exterior walls was a defective design and promoted mold growth. The plaintiffs alleged damages for out-of-pocket repair costs and related construction expenses. RPWB members Chris Tuck and Jay Ward along with c0-counsel Nate Fata of Nate Fata, P.A. represented the plaintiffs.
The settlement agreement was approved by The Honorable Benjamin Culbertson on May 30, 2014. The agreement established a minimum recovery of $2000 per class member with a maximum recovery of $12,000 upon demonstration that certain eligibility criteria are met. The suit was filed in the Horry County, South Carolina Court of Common Pleas in 2011.
RICHARDSON NAMED TO TOP 25 SUPER LAWYERS LIST IN SOUTH CAROLINA
April 21, 2014 - RPWB founding member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. was named one of the top 25 lawyers in SC by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Congratulations Terry!
HAHN APPOINTED LEAD COUNSEL FOR LIPITOR MULTI-DISTRICT LITIGATION IN SC
April 9, 2014 - RPWB announced today that founding member H. Blair Hahn was appointed Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ in the Lipitor multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, SC. The Honorable Richard M.Gergel, U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina is presiding over the national consolidation and issued an order appointing Hahn. The suit alleges that Lipitor causes women to develop type-2 diabetes. Over 3000 suits are currently pending in federal courts.
RPWB’s Hahn says, “This is a major health issue nationwide. We expect over 10,000 suits will ultimately be filed against Pfizer. The medical literature shows no benefit to women on statin therapy and it is increasing women’s risk in developing diabetes. We look forward to working with Judge Gergel in resolving this nationwide health issue.”
TUCK INTERVIEWED BY FIRERESCUE.COM ON AMERICAN LAFRANCE CLASS ACTION
March 10, 2014 - RPWB member Chris Tuck was interviewed by FireRescue.com, an online resource for firefighters and emergency personnel, on the recently filed class action lawsuit against SC based fire truck manufacturer, American LaFrance. Tuck talks about the suit filed on behalf of two former employees who claimed they and others were not given proper notice of termination under the Federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act (WARN). To see the full article, click here: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/fire-apparatus/articles/1674744-Fire-truck-maker-American-LaFrance-closes/
WILSON TO SPEAK AT HARRISMARTIN'S SOUTHEAST ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE
March 5, 2014 - RPWB member Ken Wilson will be a panel member at HarrisMartin's Southeast Asbestos Litigation Conference, March 26, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Wilson will be one of four attorneys on a panel to discuss the topic of "Claims/Trends in Southeast Asbestos Litigation". The conference will be held at The Charleston Place Hotel. To register, please click on the following link: https://harrismartin.com/conference/register/863/
BURKE TO SPEAK AT SOUTHERN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
February 24, 2014 - RPWB member Beth Burke will speak at the 26th Annual Southern Trial Lawyers Association's (STLA) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26 - March 2, 2014. She will make a presentation on Opening Statements on Thursday, February 27. Ms. Burke has been a member of STLA since 2010 and was elected to the STLA Board of Governors in 2013.
LIPITOR LAWSUITS CERTIFIED FOR MULTI-DISTRICT LITIGATION IN CHARLESTON, SC
February 18, 2014 – The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered Lipitor lawsuits that are currently pending in federal courts nationwide to be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Charleston, South Carolina. The lawsuits allege that Lipitor caused women to develop type-2 diabetes. Fourteen of the suits are pending in South Carolina. The Honorable Richard M. Gergel is currently presiding over the South Carolina cases and was assigned the MDL.
Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) partner Blair Hahn who has spearheaded the Lipitor litigation to date said, “We are excited the panel has decided to consolidate these cases in South Carolina. I believe this will be important litigation to thousands of injured women and to the medical community at large. We look forward to working with Judge Gergel and the parties in Charleston.”
The Honorable Richard M. Gergel has been on the federal bench for almost four years and previously in private practice for more than twenty years.
PLAINTIFFS AWARDED MORE THAN $3.6 MILLION IN DAMAGES IN AUTO CLOSING FEES LAWSUIT
January 13, 2014 – RPWB announced today that a South Carolina jury awarded more than $3.6 million to more than 5000 consumers in an auto closing fees lawsuit. The complaint alleged that car buyers were charged an illegal closing fee when they purchased a car from August 2002 to August 2006 from Hendrick Honda of Easley in Easley, South Carolina. The fees ranged from $249 to $299 per consumer.
RPWB attorneys Dave Butler and Brady Thomas represented the Plaintiff Julie Freeman Hair and all car buyers whom paid “administrative fees” in a case that was tried in Pickens County, South Carolina in September of 2013. The jury found in favor of the plaintiffs and returned an award of more than $1.4 million. The jury award was doubled by statute pursuant to an Order by the Honorable Doyet A. Early that was signed the week of February 3, 2014. The plaintiffs also received an award of attorney’s fees and costs of more than $750,000. Both the doubling of the award and the attorney’s fees and costs were awarded to the plaintiffs in accordance with South Carolina Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.
RPWB FILES SUIT ON BEHALF OF LAID OFF AMERICAN LAFRANCE EMPLOYEES
January 24, 2014 – Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) has announced that a class action law-suit has been filed on behalf of two former employees of American LaFrance, LLC, a Moncks Corner, South Carolina-based fire truck manufacturer. The two former employees filed suit against the plant claiming they and others weren’t given proper notice of termination under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) before being laid off January 17, 2014. Both employees worked for American LaFrance for approximately 10 years until their termination.
Richardson Patrick attorney Jay Ward, who represents the plaintiffs, said, “These employees have been left out in the cold. Not only did they lose wages and benefits, they lost the time they needed to search for new employment. Our firm has extensive experience in protecting the rights of workers locally and nationally, and our goal is to make sure these employees receive all they are due.”
American LaFrance abruptly closed its facilities in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, California, which resulted in the layoffs of approximately 150 employees.
RICHARDSON SELECTED LEADERSHIP IN LAW HONOREE
January 17, 2014- Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) announced today that attorney Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been selected as an honoree for the 2014 Leadership in Law Awards. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly created the Leadership in Law Awards to spotlight those within the legal community who go above and beyond their work to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community. The sixth annual Leadership in Law Awards event will be March 13, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina.
RPWB GAS CAN LITIGATION EFFORTS CONTRIBUTE TO CALL FOR FLAME ARRESTOR SAFETY DEVICES
The Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman attorneys in Barnwell, South Carolina have long claimed that plastic gasoline containers without flame arresting safety devices are unreasonably dangerous to consumers. The federal government agrees with us and the victims we represent. On the heels of years of successful representation by RPWB attorneys and co-counsel, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a statement last week calling for the manufacturers of portable plastic gasoline cans to add flame arrestors. Flame arrestors are safety devices in the spout of the container that prevent vapors on the outside of the can from igniting and burning back into the container causing it to explode.
Since 2001, the firm’s attorneys and co-counsel have been assisting individuals who have suffered or died from plastic gas container explosions. Currently RPWB’s Terry Richardson, Dan Haltiwanger, and Brady Thomas along with their co-counsel represent approximately 40 injured claimants. These victims lost their lives or were significantly injured by an exploding gas container.
RPWB attorneys along with Billy Walker and Kirk Morgan of Walker & Morgan, LLC, Hank Anderson of the Anderson Law Firm, and Diane Breneman of Breneman Dungan, LLC represent the largest number of injured plaintiffs in the Blitz U.S.A. Bankruptcy case. Blitz U.S.A., once the largest manufacturer of plastic gasoline cans, entered bankruptcy after its decision to remove flame arresters from its products caused dozens of deaths and over a hundred known catastrophic injuries, mostly to children. The combined efforts of RPWB and the firm’s dedicated co-counsel will hopefully prevent future horrific burn injuries and save lives.
RPWB SELECTED FOR U.S. NEWS-BEST LAWYERS 2014 "BEST LAW FIRM" LIST
November 13, 2013 - U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced that RPWB has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. RPWB received a Tier 1 rating for the areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Securities Litigation, Health Care Law, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Firms receive tiered rankings for a combination of the excellent quality of their law practice and the depth of legal expertise.
BURKE TO SPEAK AT SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF JUSTICE AUTO TORTS SEMINAR
October 31, 2013 - RPWB member Beth Burke will speak at the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Auto Torts Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, December 6-7, 2013. She will present on the topic of Identifying, Screening and Mining Cases: From Actos to Zoloft. Ms. Burke’s areas of practice are pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). She also co-chairs AAJ’s Lipitor Litigation Group. To register for the seminar, click the following link: https://www.scaj.com/SC/index.cfm?showfullpage=1&event=showAppPage&pg=events
RPWB ATTORNEYS SPEAK AT NATIONAL LIPITOR MDL CONFERENCE & AAJ LIPITOR TELESEMINAR
July 8, 2013 - RPWB attorneys presented at HarrisMartin's MDL Conference, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Portland, Maine. Attorney Blair Hahn is the Lipitor Conference Chair and spoke on Mass Tort Marketing/Judicial Panel Multidistrict Trends. Attorneys Christiaan Marcum and David Suggs presented on the topic of Theories of Liability and Defenses. RPWB's Beth Burke presented a status update on Lipitor litigation during an American Association for Justice (AAJ) teleseminar. The teleseminar was July 16, 2013.<
RHEA SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS
July 1, 2013 - Gordon Rhea has been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Attorneys selected for The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 undergo a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Rhea is a former Federal Prosecutor and current member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
THREE RPWB ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR 2013 SUPER LAWYERS LISTS
May 6, 2013 - Terry Richardson and Charles Patrick have been selected to the 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers List. Terry Richardson was selected for the practice of Business Litigation. Charles Patrick was selected for Personal Injury: Products. RPWB attorney Nina H. Fields was honored by being selected as a Rising Star in the area of Securities Litigation.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
TERRY RICHARDSON AUTHORS ARTICLE FOR STATEHOUSE REPORT
April 5, 2013 - Terry Richardson authored an article entitled "Early Education is the Best Answer" for the Statehouse Report. The online publication is South Carolina's weekly legislative and policy forecast. Click the 2nd link above to read the full article.
WARD SELECTED LEADERSHIP IN LAW HONOREE
February 5, 2013 - RPWB Member Jay Ward has been selected as an honoree for the 2013 Leadership in Law Awards. South Carolina Lawyers Weekly created the Leadership in Law Awards to spotlight those within the legal community who go above and beyond their work to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community. Ward is one of 23 attorneys and 1 judge representing 19 different firms and 2 agencies to receive the honor.
BURKE JOINS COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON BOARD
February 4, 2013 - RPWB Member, Beth Middleton Burke, has joined the College of Charleston's (C of C) Friends of the Library Board. The mission of the board is to advance the interest of the Addlestone Library as the leading intellectual and cultural force in the community. The board oversees the membership dollars that add depth to research collections with strategic acquisition of books, databases, and journals. Burke is a 1994 Honors College graduate of the College of Charleston and has been active in numerous C of C boards. She is a Past President of the College of Charleston Alumni Association.
PATRICK AND RPWB HONORED AT JAMES L. PETIGRU AMERICAN INN OF COURT
November 15, 2012 - RPWB Member, Charles Patrick, and the firm were honored at the monthly meeting of the James L. Petigru American Inn of Court. Mr. Patrick was recognized for his philanthropic efforts in the community. The firm was recognized for the Ten Months of Giving Back Campaign in honor of the firm's 10th anniversary. Charles Patrick was one of four individuals honored at the meeting to kick off Lowcountry Philanthropy Week in Charleston.
BIG WINNER IN RPWB GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN!
November, 2, 2012 - The South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital has been awarded $10,000 afer receiving the most votes in the RPWB Giving Back Facebook Page competition. As a celebration of the firm's 10-year anniversary, RPWB has given $5000 to a different area non-profit each month this year through September. In October the Charleston-area community voted online on the RPWB Giving Back Facebook page for the charity they wanted to see receive an additional $10,000. The SC Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital is the big winner! (Please see below for previous winners.) Congratulations to all recipients in the RPWB Ten Months of Giving Campaign!
VOTE FOR A CHARITY TO RECEIVE $10,000 IN RPWB GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN
October, 15, 2012 - RPWB is wrapping up the 10 Months of Giving Back Campaign in celebration of the firm's 10 year anniversary. Since the beginning of the year, RPWB has selected one charity each month to receive $5000 from the RPWB Endowment of the Coastal Community Foundation. Now one of those charities will receive an additional $10,000 from RPWB and you can help decide which one it will be. Through the end of October, you can go to the RPWB Facebook page and vote for the charities selected during the campaign. The charity with the most votes at the end of October will receive an additional $10,000 from RPWB. Descriptions of each charity are on the RPWB Facebook page and you can click the video link to hear more about them. To vote, scroll down to choose your favorite charity and click VOTE to register your vote. You can vote once every 24 hours in October. RPWB Member and Business Manager, Jay Ward said, "Ten Years of helping clients locally and nationwide is a significant milestone for us, and we wanted to do something that not only celebrates this milestone, but also celebrates our community."
SEPTEMBER CHARITY ANNOUNCED FOR RPWB TEN MONTHS OF GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN
September 17, 2012 - Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (CATR) is the recipient of a $5000 donation from RPWB. CATR improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities and is the area's oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center. CATR staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping students find joy and accomplishment through equine assisted activities and therapies. Certified instructors, physical therapists, doctors, psychologists, special education teachers, and a well-trained volunteer corps serve more than 140 disabled children and adults. CATR is the last charity to receive a $5000 donation as part of the firm's Ten Months of Giving Back Campaign. During the month of October, all charities chosen during the campaign will have an opportunity to win $10,000. Everyone is encouraged to vote on RPWB's Ten Months of Giving Back Facebook page to determine who will be the $10,000 winner. The page will be online October 1.
RPWB ANNOUNCES AUGUST'S CHARITY FOR TEN MONTHS OF GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN
August 15, 2012 - RPWB has given $5000 to Teachers' Supply Closet, a non-profit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers in the Tri-County area who work at schools where 88 percent of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program. The gift was made as part of RPWB's "10 Months of Giving" campaign, an initiative to give $55,000 to area charities over the next 10 months in celebration of the firm's 10th anniversary. Teachers' Supply Closet accepts donations of school supplies, new and gently used office and art supplies, excess inventory, slightly damaged merchandise, and tradeshow products. Everything is made available to teachers for use in the classroom.
WARD SPEAKS TO LOCAL CHAPTER OF FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION
August 6, 2012 - RPWB member James L. Ward, Jr. spoke to the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) about civil practice in Federal Court from the plaintiff's perspective. He made the presentation at the FBA South Carolina chapter's "Introduction to Federal Practice" Seminar held at the United States District Courthouse in Charleston, SC.
RICHARDSON PATRICK OBTAINS FINAL APPROVAL OF $82 MILLION CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
RPWB member James L. Ward, Jr. announces that the firm has obtained final approval of an $82 million class action settlement from United States District Judge Patti B. Saris. RPWB has served as Co-Lead Counsel in this matter since the Court's appointment of the firm in March of 2009. The class, certified on March 4, 2011, consists of a variety of local government entities that alleged overpayments for certain brand-name prescription drugs through their employee health insurance plans. The settlement includes an express denial of liability of any kind by McKesson. The named plaintiffs are the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas; the City of Baltimore, Maryland; the City of Panama City, Florida; Anoka County, Minnesota; the City of Columbia, South Carolina; and the City of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Pharmacies are reimbursed by many state and local government prescription drug plans based on the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) of each drug as published by First DataBank, Inc. The suit alleges that McKesson and First DataBank inflated the AWPs of hundreds of brand-name drugs, which resulted in government entities paying hundreds of millions of dollars in excessive drug reimbursements from 2001 to present. Plaintiffs' Executive Committee also consisted of Co-Lead Counsel Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and the firms of McCulley McCluer PLLC and Kotchen & Low LLP.
MAGDALENE HOUSE RECEIVES $5000 GIFT FROM RPWB
July 10, 2012 - RPWB has given $5000 to Magdalene House of Charleston, a two year residential and out reach program for women who have been released from a correctional facility or come to Magdalene House from the streets. Many of the women are victims of neglect, poverty, and early childhood sexual and physical abuse. The gift was made as part of RPWB's "10 Months of Giving" Campaign, an initiative to give $55,000 to area charities over the next 10 months in celebration of the firm's 10th anniversary.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN TOXIC DUST CASE
Attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea reached a settlement on behalf of former workers at the Hovensa Oil Refinery in St. Croix, USVI for injuries resulting from inhalation of toxic dust. The more than 70 plaintiffs were exposed to toxic dust which was generated in the oil refining process during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The confidential settlement agreement was signed in July of 2012.
CHRIS MOORE SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE FOR SC BAR COUNCIL
June 20, 2012 - RPWB attorney Chris Moore has been selected as circuit representative for the Second Judicial Circuit for the SC Bar Young Lawyer's Division Executive Council. He will serve for a one year term beginning July 1, 2012. Moore is an associate in the firm's Barnwell office. His areas of practice are asbestos, class actions, and business litigation.
RPWB ANNOUNCES JUNE'S CHARITY FOR "TEN MONTHS OF GIVING" CAMPAIGN
June 20, 2012 - RPWB has given $5,000 to The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation as part of the firm's "Ten Months of Giving" Campaign. The campaign is in celebration of the firm's 10th Anniversary. June's donation will support the foundation's early childhood education program. The firm will give $5,000 to one local charity monthly through September. During October - the tenth month of the campaign, community members will have the opportunity to vote on RPWB's Facebook page for their favorite charity of the nine previous recipients. The charity that receives the most Facebook votes will receive an additional $10,000 from RPWB.
RPWB ANNOUNCES JUDGEMENT OF OVER $2M IN BREACH OF CONTRACT CASE
May 30, 2012 - RPWB attorneys Chris Tuck and Hoyt Rowell represented Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority, via Southeast Georgia Health System, in a suit that alleged that Humana Military Healthcare Services breached its provider contracts by reducing reimbursements on certain outpatient nonsurgical services administered by the hospital system under the Department of Defense's CHAMPUS/TRICARE program for military families. Humana Military served as the federal government's managed care support contractor in the region and argued that it was required to impose the lower reimbursements to comport with a change in federal policy that was incorporated into the terms of the contracts. The government agency which is responsible for the CHAMPUS/TRICARE program, TRICARE Management Activity ("TMA"), agreed to provide testimony in support of Humana Military's position that federal policy had changed and Humana Military had no choice but to implement the reduction in reimbursements. After two weeks of trial, an arbitration panel concluded that TMA's testimony was inconsistent with federal law for a period of four years and awarded Glynn-Brunswick $2,196,815.93.
WINGS FOR KIDS RECEIVES $5000 FROM RPWB
May 15, 2012 - RPWB has awarded $5,000 to WINGS for Kids as part of its "Ten Months of Giving" campaign. WINGS for Kids is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching children how to behave well, make wise decisions, and build healthy relationships. The program consists of weaving a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum into a fresh and fun after-school program. The 15 hour-a-week curriculum incorporates 30 learning objectives into everyday activities to develop self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making.
RPWB ANNOUNCES APRIL'S CHARITY FOR "TEN MONTHS OF GIVING" CAMPAIGN
April 5, 2012 - RPWB has given $5,000 to the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital. The Sea Turtle Hospital is a charitable organization that works to provide medical treatment and rehabilitative care to sick and injured sea turtles so they can be release back into the wild. The gift was made as part of RPWB's "Ten Months of Giving" campaign, an initiative to give $55,000 to local charities over the next several months in honor of the firm's 10th Anniversary.
TWO RPWB ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS: TOP 40 UNDER 40
March 23, 2012 - Attorneys Daniel S. Haltiwanger and Brady R. Thomas have been selected to be members of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. The Top 40 Under 40 is by invitation only and seeks to recognize the top young lawyers in each state who embody leadership, superior qualifications, and trial results. Members are attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and researched by a third-party.
RPWB ANNOUNCES MARCH'S CHARITY FOR TEN MONTHS OF GIVING BACK CAMPAIGN
March 15, 2012 - RPWB has given $5000 to The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation's Darnell Committee. The gift was made as part of RPWB's "10 Months of Giving " campaign, an initiative to give $55,000 to area charities over the next several months in celebration of the firm's 10th Anniversary. The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation is a charitable organization that acts as a catalyst in helping focus philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs. The Foundation's Darnell Committee concentrates on providing programs to enhance early childhood education. RPWB will give $5,000 to one local charity monthly through September. During October - the tenth month of the campaign, community members will have the opportunity to vote on RPWB's Facebook page for their favorite charity of the nine previous recipients. The charity that receives the most Facebook votes will receive an additional $10,000 from RPWB. Breast cancer charity Share Our Suzy received $5000 in January. The Center for Heirs' Property Preservation was the recipient in March.
BURKE SELECTED PANELIST FOR CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW SYMPOSIUM
Attorney Beth Burke was selected as a panelist for the Charleston School of Law Symposium entitled Mass Torts in the Federal Courts. The symposium was hosted at the Charleston Museum by The Federal Courts Law Review at the Charleston School of Law and featured attorney Kenneth Feinberg, attorney and Pay Master of the BP Claims Fund as the keynote speaker. The symposium is annual and addressed topics such as class action litigation, preemption and the ethics of fees, and settlements in aggregate litigation.
JERRY EVANS APPOINTED TO AMERICAN VOICES ADVISORY BOARD
Jerry H. Evans has been appointed to the advisory board for American Voices. American Voices is a non-profit organization which aims to foster civic engagement through performing arts and educational programs. The organization brings American cultural programming into nations emerging from conflict or isolation. American Voices artists have given concerts, workshops and master classes in 110 countries on five continents.
RPWB SEEKS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF PROPOSED $82 MILLION CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
RPWB member James L. Ward, Jr. announces that the firm has requested preliminary approval of an $82 million class action settlement from United States District Judge Patti B. Saris. RPWB has served as Co-Lead Counsel in this matter since the Court's appointment of the firm in March 2009. The class, certified on March 4, 2011, consists of a variety of local government entities that alleged overpayments for certain brand-name prescription drugs through their employee health insurance plans. The proposed settlement includes an express denial of liability of any kind by McKesson. The named plaintiffs are the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas; the City of Baltimore, Maryland; the City of Panama City, Florida; Anoka County, Minnesota; the City of Columbia, South Carolina; and the City of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Pharmacies are reimbursed by many state and local government prescription drug plans based on the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) of each drug as published by First DataBank, Inc. The suit alleges that McKesson and First DataBank inflated the AWPs of hundreds of brand-name drugs, which resulted in government entities paying hundreds of millions of dollars in excessive drug reimbursements from 2001 to present. Plaintiffs' Executive Committee also consisted of Co-Lead Counsel Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and the firms of McCulley McCluer PLLC and Kotchen & Low LLP.
RICHARDSON SPEAKS TO CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENTS
Terry Richardson spoke to students at the Charleston School of Law (CSOL) in September as part of the law school's 2011 Fall Professionalism Series. The program is designed to help students develop the skills needed to ready themselves for the practice of law after graduation.
FINAL SETTLEMENT REACHED IN WACHOVIA "PICK-A-PAY" CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
A final settlement was reached in the Wachovia "Pick-A-Payment" Mortgage Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation. The "Pick-A-Payment" mortgage loan allowed the borrower to select and make a minimum payment amount for a limited amount of time under certain conditions. When a payment was insufficient to pay the interest owed, unpaid interest was added to the loan balance and the outstanding loan balance increased. This practice is known as "negative amortization". Plaintiffs claimed that Wachovia did not adequately disclose the potential for negative amortization when they chose the "Pick-A-Payment" mortgage. The plaintiffs involved were certain borrowers who obtained "Pick-A-Payment" mortgages between 2003 and 2008. Numerous cases were filed in seven states and then consolidated in the District Court for the Northern District of California. RPWB attorneys filed several of the cases which became part of the consolidation. On August 30, 2011, the settlement became final. For more information, visit www.www.pickapaysettlement.com.
WARD RE-ELECTED TO SCAJ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Jay Ward, a member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB), has been re-elected to the South Carolina Association of Justice's (SCAJ) Executive Committee for the 2011-12 term. SCAJ is a statewide organization with over 1300 members that is concerned with preserving the civil justice system and protecting the rights of the public.
NOVAK SPEAKS AT AAJ CONFERENCE
Karl Novak, a member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB), spoke at the 2011 American Association of Justice (AAJ) Conference recently held in New York City. Mr. Novak's presentation was made at the AAJ's Asbestos Litgation Group Seminar and was entitled "Deposing the Defense Expert."
BURKE RECEIVES DISTINQUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman LLC (RPWB) member Beth Burke has received the Honors College Distinquished Alumni Award at the College of Charleston. It is the highest award given by the Honors College. Ms. Burke serves as the Immediate Past President of the College of Charleston's Alumni Association and was recently appointed to serve on the Honors College Advisory Board.
WARD RE-ELECTED TO SCAJ BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Jay Ward, a member of Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB), has been re-elected to the South Carolina Association of Justice's (SCAJ) Board of Governors. SCAJ is a statewide organization with over 1300 members that is concerned with preserving the civil justice system and protecting the rights of the public.
RPWB TOXIC TORT ATTORNEYS HONORED BY THE LEGAL 500 US
RPWB is proud to announce the firm has been recognized in the 2011 Legal 500 Directory for its work in toxic torts, class actions, and multi-district litigation. Attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea were highlighted for their work representing refinery workers as plaintiffs in toxic tort exposure lawsuits brought against Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation and Hess Corporation. The plaintiffs alleged that prolonged exposure to catalyst dust generated during the oil-refining process caused them harm. The confidential settlement weas reached after three weeks of trial.
TERRY RICHARDSON NAMED 2011 SOUTH CAROLINA SUPER LAWYER
Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been named by South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in South Carolina for 2011. Mr. Richardson was selected as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in the category of Business Litigation. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by the Thomson Reuters Legal Division. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes an independent evaluation of candidates by the research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good standing and disciplinary check. Mr. Richardson is a founding member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman. His practice areas are business torts, class actions, railroad accidents, securities fraud, truck accidents, and vehicle defects.
WARD SELECTED FOR COMPLEAT LAWYER AWARD
March 1, 2011 – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) attorney James L. (Jay) Ward, Jr. has been selected by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Association as one of nine outstanding alumni to receive the Compleat Lawyer Award. The awards were established in 1992 to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Nominees are attorneys who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics, and integrity. Mr. Ward is a practicing trial lawyer and a member of RPWB. He is also the firm’s Business Manager. Mr. Ward’s areas of practice include antitrust and deceptive trade, class actions, complex commercial litigation, healthcare fraud, mass torts, and products liability.
FIELDS ELECTED NEW MEMBER OF RPWB
January 3, 2011 - Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) announced the election of Nina H. Fields as a new member of the firm. Ms. Fields earned a B.S.degree from the College of Charleston and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Ms. Fields practices in RPWB’s Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina office. Her areas of practice are mutual funds and securities fraud.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN OIL REFINERY CATALYST LAWSUITS
November 23, 2010 - A settlement has been reached in a group of toxic exposure lawsuits involving more than 80 refinery workers and Defendants Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation (HOVIC) and Hess Corporation. Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea were lead counsel for the Plaintiffs.
JAY WARD ELECTED TO SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (SCAJ) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
September 10, 2010 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) partner James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr. has been elected to the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is comprised of the SCAJ officers and four members of the Board of Governors, and its function is to act with the power and authority of the Board of Governors when it is not possible for the Board of Governors to convene.
FIVE RPWB ATTORNEYS SELECTED BEST LAWYERS FOR 2011
THREE RPWB ATTORNEYS NAMED SC SUPER LAWYERS
January 12, 2010 - H. Blair Hahn, a founding member of RPWB, has been selected for inclusion in the American Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
January 8, 2010 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman has been appointed plaintiffs' interim co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit filed against Delta Airlines and AirTran Airways.
January 7, 2010 - Congratulations to four new Members at RPWB. Richardson Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers January 5, 2010 - Terry E. Richardson, Jr. becomes Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
December 14, 2009 - Attorney James (Jay) L.Ward, Jr.has been recognized as a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow after completing the requirements of the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative Lowcountry Class IV.
October 22, 2009 - James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr. is a new member of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Board of Governors and Chairman of the SCAJ Torts and Negligence Section.
October 22, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney wins verdict for asbestos victim.
September 1, 2009 - Attorney Gordon Rheawill speak to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation 2009 Joint Fall CLE Meeting.
August 25, 2009 - A $22.5 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought by the state of West Virginia against Eli Lilly & Company, the manufacturer of Zyprexa.
August 20, 2009 - James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr. has been asked to serve on the SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee.
August 3, 2009 -James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr. assumes duties as new Vice Chair of SC Bar Torts & Insurance Section.
July 28, 2009 - RPWB Partner, H. Blair Hahn interviewed in Of Counsel magazine.
July 9, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorneys are filing cases for plaintiffs who have suffered from potentially life-threatening side effects from taking the smoking cessation drug called Chantix. Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman Chantix attorneys have also filed a petition to consolidate all Chantix cases into multi-district litigation (MDL).
July 9, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named one of the top firms in the United States for mass tort and class action plaintiff representation by the 2009 Legal 500 Directory.
Terry Richardson and Michael Brickman Named Two of the Top Lawyers by South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine
March 20, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman Member James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr. announces that the firm has been appointed co-lead counsel on behalf of a variety of state and local government entities in class action litigation against McKesson Corporation.
March 12, 2009 - A federal jury in the U.S. Virgin Islands returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts in favor of eight co-defendants in the Kapok tax evasion case. Gordon Rhea represented J. David Jackson, Kapok's Chief Financial Officer. February 19, 2009 - Four Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) associates have been elected to be members of the firm. Butler to Speak at 2009 South Carolina Bar Convention January 21, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) attorney J. David Butlerhas been selected to speak at the 2009 South Carolina Bar Convention scheduled for January 22-25 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
January 13, 2009 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman (RPWB) attorney T. Christopher Tuckhas been selected to speak at the 2009 Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Institute of Continuing Legal Education in February.
December 10, 2008 - RPWB announced it has hired Christopher J. Mooreas an associate attorney.
October 31, 2008 - RPWB member James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr., has been appointed to the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) Legislative Policy Steering Committee.
August 15, 2008 -Terry E. Richardson, Jr., a founding member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, received the Founder's Award from the SC Association for Justice, formerly the SC Trial Lawyers Association.
May 15, 2008 - Senior Partner, Terry E. Richardson, Jr. recently received an honorary doctorate degree.
April 9, 2008. Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook and Brickman, LLC (RPWB) in conjunction with the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding announced that a confidential settlement has been reached in the Avondale Mills v. Norfolk Southern case.
March 18, 2008 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) in conjunction with Sieben Polk Attorneys at Law announced today a verdict handed down in Minnesota District Court against John Crane, Inc. on behalf of a mesothelioma victim and his wife
January 17, 2008 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) in conjunction with Hoffman & Lazear in Oakland, California and Campbell Law, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama, today announce filing separate class action lawsuits against the country's two largest subterranean (ground) termite control providers.
November 29, 2007. James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr., a member with the law firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, spoke on a SC Bar-sponsored radio segment on the topic "Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit from Start to Finish."
Court Awards $1M to Rowan Companies, Inc. Whistleblower for His Efforts to Stop Pollution in the Gulf of Mexico
November 20, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) in conjunction with Robertson & Hollingsworth Attorneys at Law, and Kanner & Whiteley, LLC, announced today that the U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas has awarded the firm's client a $1 million award for blowing the whistle on Rowan Companies, Inc., an oil and gas drilling company, for illegally dumping hazardous substances into the waters of the United States.
November 5, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney Terry E. Richardson, Jr.has been appointed to serve on the Access to Justice Commission by the South Carolina Bar Foundation.
August 1, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr.has been elected to serve a three-year term on the South Carolina Bar Torts & Insurance Practices Section Council.
July 19, 2007 - The S.C. Bar Foundation received a check for more than $630,000 Thursday that will allow it to fund two significant South Carolina projects.
May 15, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook and Brickman attorney, Beth Middleton Burkehas been elected Vice President of the College of Charleston Alumni Board.
March 27, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney, Charles W. Patrick, Jr.has been selected to receive the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award given by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association.
January 23, 2007 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney H. Blair Hahnhas been elected lead counsel in the Bausch & Lomb contact lens solution litigation.
December 7, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman founding member Charles Patrick and his wife, Celeste, were honored as Individual Philanthropists of the Year in the Lowcountry.
November 8, 2006 - RPWB announced today that attorney Chris Tuckwill present "Special Issues Arising in the Class Action Suit" at the National Business Institute's (NBI) upcoming seminar entitled "Class Action Update: Today's Trends & Strategies for Success".
September 27, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney Dan Haltiwangerwill speak at the American Trial Lawyers Association's (ATLA) seminar entitled "Litigating Trucking Cases — From Discovery to Trial".
September 26, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney Beth Middleton Burke will be speaking and moderating at the upcoming Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Trial Advocacy College: Depositions.
July 13, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is set to expand its pharmaceutical drug practice through the hiring of David L. Suggs, a leading trial attorney in numerous high profile cases.
June 27, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman attorney James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr., has been appointed to the American Association for Justice's Leaders Forum Seventh Amendment Task Force.
June 5, 2006 - Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman partner Christiaan A. Marcumwill speak on contact lens solution litigation at a Mealey's Teleconference on June 27, 2006.
May 23, 2006 - Christiaan A. Marcumwill speak at the Pharmaceutical & Human Tissue Litigation Conference sponsored by Harris Martin Publishing.
Karl Novak Interview (mp3 - 23.4MB - 25:35)
April 15, 2006 - Fox News interview with Karl Novakconcerning asbestos.
James (Jay) L. Ward, Jr., an associate with the law firm of Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, has received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.