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Video Vault: Bob Cheeley Delivers Powerful Closing at Trial Involving Survivor of Crash That Killed Five Nursing Students

Posted by Courtroom View Network on Mar 16, 2017 11:29:47 PM


Attorneys drew battle lines at trial over the brain trauma a nursing student suffered in a fiery tractor trailer crash. While a settlement during deliberations ultimately carried the case, Bob Cheeley's stirring closing rebuttal helped sway jurors to deliver an eight-figure verdict.  Richards v. Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC, SUV2015000174. 

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Topics: Georgia, Transportation, Richards v. Total Transportation, et al.

UPDATE: Attorneys Debate What Led to Jury's $15M Verdict for Survivor of Crash That Killed 5 Georgia Southern Nursing Students

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 25, 2017 1:17:24 PM

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Update 2/2/17: This article has been updated to reflect a statement from Megan Richards’ trial counsel.

Pembroke, GA—Attorneys reached an agreement on damages for the survivor of a fiery truck crash that killed five of her Georgia Southern classmates shortly before jurors awarded the woman $15 million. While that pre-verdict agreement's undisclosed specifics will avoid an appeal, opposing sides debated what led to the jury’s decision. Richards v. Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC, et al. SUV2015000174. 

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Topics: Georgia, Trucking, Richards v. Total Transportation, et al.

BREAKING VERDICT: $15M Award to Survivor of Truck Crash that Killed 5 Georgia Southern Nursing Students

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jan 19, 2017 1:28:26 PM

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Update 1/20/17: Jurors awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to Megan Richards for the injuries she suffered in the 2015 trucking crash that killed five of her Georgia Southern University classmates. The jury apportioned 100 percent of fault to trucker John Wayne Johnson and trucking firm Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC. It also found Johnson's actions showed conduct potentially warranting the imposition of punitive damages. However, Bryan County Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose told jurors the parties' attorneys agreed to accept the award "as-is," without a determination of punitives. CVN will provide additional news coverage and gavel-to-gavel, on-demand video of the trial as soon as possible. 

Pembroke, GA—Attorneys Tuesday battled over the injuries a former Georgia Southern University nursing student suffered in a fiery tractor trailer collision that killed five of her classmates, as trial opened against the trucker and trucking companies she says are responsible. Richards v. Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC, et al. SUV2015000174. 

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Topics: Georgia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trucking, Richards v. Total Transportation, et al.