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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.

Ex-Polk County deputy gets 21 months in prison for beating inmate

October 15, 2009 --

A federal judge today sentenced a former Polk County deputy sheriff to nearly two years in prison for beating an inmate in a restraint chair. Ex-Sgt. Joshua David Lowe, 25, will serve 1 year and nine months in prison for the beating, described by a witness as unjustified and “horrible.” Read the news release …

       

Fayette politician asked to resolve pot charge at scene, deputy reports

Fayette politician asked to resolve pot charge at scene, deputy reports
May 26, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 26, 2009 — Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan (right) looked flushed, pale and “extremely nervous” when a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over Saturday. “Horgan’s hands began to shake, and his voice began to tremble in conversation,” Deputy Justin Storm reported. Not surprising, it would seem, since the deputy found marijuana and […]