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  • 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.

  • YCRLAW is honored to announce that the law firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms". This Tier 1 ranking was determined from the firm's overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of factors including clients feedback and the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm.

  • Joe DaPore has been re-elected to the South Carolina Legislative Action Committee for the South Carolina Chapter of Community Associations Institute ( CAI ). The election took place at the Myrtle Beach South Carolina Annual Conference in September. Joe also helped draft the new Managers Certification proposed bill, which will be introduced in the next Legislative session.

  • As we previously announced, YCRLAW lawyers Catherine H. Chase and Leslie M. Whitten are President and Secretary of the Charleston Chapter of Ellevate.  The Charleston Chapter hosted its official launch on Friday, September 12 and was a resounding success with a sold out group consisting of many well known Charleston businesswomen. 

    Ellevate, formerly 85 Broads, is a global networking organization for businesswomen led by Charleston native Sallie Krawcheck.  Ms. Krawcheck was in attendance and spoke at the launch.  For more information on this organization please visit Ellevate's website or contact Catherine or Leslie.

         

  • Brian Quisenberry was elected President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at its annual meeting held on Friday, September 5, 2014, at the Francis Marion Hotel.  Brian is a partner at YCRLAW and practices primarily in the Employment and Labor Practice Group
  • Jay Davis has been asked to serve as panelist at the Charleston County Medical Society and Charleston County Bar Association's joint Panel on “Anatomy of a Lawsuit: Reasons Doctors and their practices get sued” to be held on September 25, 2014 in Charleston.
  • YCRLAW is pleased to announce that William J. Bates, C. Michael Branham, Carol B. Ervin, Wallace G. Holland, Wilbur E. Johnson, Michael A. Molony, and F. Drake Rogers have been chosen for inclusion in 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

  • YCR is pleased to announce that Catherine H. Chase and Leslie M. Whitten are President and Secretary, respectively, of the Charleston chapter of Ellevate, formerly 85 Broads, which is a global networking organization for businesswomen owned by Charleston native Sallie Krawcheck.  Ms. Krawcheck and Ms. Chase were recently quoted in the Post and Courier discussing the chapter in two recent articles

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