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  • Duke R. Highfield, chair of the firm’s Educational Institution Liability, Products Liability, Retail Liability and Trucking and Transportation practice groups, will speak on May 1, 2015 at the ALFA 2015 Transportation Practice Group Seminar in Coronado, California.  ALFA International is a global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States), ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world.

  • Edward D. Buckley, Jr., chair of the firm’s Construction and Insurance Coverage practice groups, will be a moderator for the annual CLE seminar for Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI) in Mobile, Alabama on the topic of litigating brain injuries in admiralty.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. was asked to present to the Medical University of South Carolina on Dental Malpractice and Risk Management on February 15, 2015.  He has also been asked to be a plenary session speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel speaking on the Disruptive Consequences of a Public Health event in the medical setting. In addition, Jay has been asked by the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) to serve as the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel liaison to the Medical Liability Committee of the DRI.

  • Wilbur Johnson will be speaking for the National Business Institute at a two-day seminar entitled: “Buying and Selling a Business:  Start to Finish” on February 26 and 27, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport.  Wilbur’s topic of discussion will be “HR Due Diligence:  Tips From a Labor and Employment Attorney.”  To register for this seminar click here.

  • Wilbur E. Johnson, Managing Partner, has been elected to serve as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Charleston Foundation.  Established in 1947, the Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage.

  • YCRLAW is pleased to announce that Former 9th Circuit Family Court Judge, the Honorable Paul W. Garfinkel has joined our firm as Special Counsel.  We welcome Judge Garfinkel as the newest member of our Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  Judge Garfinkel will offer an array of services to attorneys including as a mediator, arbitrator, and an expert witness in fee dispute cases and quality of representation issues.  For more information on the services Judge Garfinkel may provide or to schedule a mediation, please contact his office at 843-720-5441.

  • YCRLAW is pleased to announce that Russell G. Hines and Brandt R. Horton have been named Partners in the Charleston Office.

    Mr. Hines received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004 and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Mr. Hines practices primarily in the Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice Group and holds memberships in the Charleston County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

    Mr. Horton also received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2004, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 2001.  Mr. Horton practices primarily with the Trucking and Transportation Practice Group and holds memberships in the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), and the American Bar Association.  He is the Vice Chair of the Trucking Substantive Law Committee in the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association.  He is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

  • Edward D. Buckley, Jr., partner, and Nicholas J. Rivera, associate, successfully moved to exclude the opinions of Plaintiff’s engineering expert in a wrongful death case, Estate of Ravenell v. Pugmill Systems, Inc., et al., Court Civil Action No. 2:13-cv-00815-PMD. The United States District Court then granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendants.

    The decedent, Lamar Ravenell, became entrapped inside a pugmill while he was performing routine maintenance on the machine at a local asphalt plant. A pugmill is a powerful mixer used to blend materials such as aggregate and quicklime used in certain asphalt formulations. Mr. Ravenell suffered horrific injuries and was alive for nearly an hour during efforts to free him from the pugmill.  He died as a result of hemorrhaging and cardiac arrest.  A co-worker had accidently energized one of the pugmill’s 40 h.p. electric motors while Mr. Ravenell was inside changing out parts.

    The Plaintiff’s expert, Stephen Fournier, P.E., offered opinions that the pugmill design was defective or unreasonably dangerous, because it did not include interlocks on the access panels or e-stops on the pugmill itself.  Judge Duffy ruled that Mr. Fournier, a civil engineer who had never seen a pugmill prior to this case, was not qualified to render expert opinions on the design of pugmills.  He also ruled that even if Mr. Fournier was qualified by training, education or experience to render opinions in this case, those opinions were unreliable as they did not include a risk-benefit analysis of an alternative, safer design.  In fact, Mr. Fournier did not develop or test a design incorporating interlock devices or e-stops; he could not identify any such designs in operation; he was not aware of any peer reviewed publications describing such a design; and he admitted that his opinions were nothing more than a “conceptualized” and untested alternative design.

    Because the Plaintiff could not prove a defective design claim in the absence of expert testimony, the court ruled that all theories of recovery, strict liability, negligence and implied warranties, fail as a matter of law.  He entered summary judgment in favor of the manufacturer of the pugmill and the designer of the asphalt plant where the pugmill was installed.

  • David (Josh) Crowfoot was sworn in as a member of the Georgia Bar on Friday, December 5.  As the real estate and business needs of our clients expand, YCRLAW attorneys are doing what we can to meet those needs.

  • Carol Ervin and Brian Quisenberry recently obtained dismissal of a defamation claim brought against their client in federal court.  Carol and Brian successfully argued that their client’s alleged statements were protected opinion statements under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.   The Federal Court dismissed the claim against their client with prejudice.

    Carol Ervin and Brian Quisenberry recently obtained dismissal of a claim brought against their client for an alleged failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The federal court dismissed the claim with prejudice ending the lawsuit against their client.

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