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Aug. 11

August 11, 2010 --

Cobb judge resigns amid claim of touching co-workers inappropriately Fulton Co. courthouse security upgrades in jeopardy Federal board: Delta interfered in union vote Order tossing expert grabs attention in asbestos case Appling Co. school system placed on probation

Proposed drywall settlement: Small payouts to victims, big fees to lawyers

Proposed drywall settlement: Small payouts to victims, big fees to lawyers
August 11, 2010 --

Lowe’s Companies Inc., the nation’s No. 2 home improvement chain, has set off a legal firestorm by agreeing to a $6.5 million national settlement over tainted drywall in a class-action suit being decided by Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters. The $6.5 million settlement would pay relatively small amounts — Lowe’s gift cards in amounts ranging from $50 to $2,000 — to most victims who had the tainted drywall in their homes. But the handful of attorneys who quietly negotiated the deal will receive a separate payment of $2.1 million.