Trucking case settles for $14M

Fried Rogers Goldberg Attorneys snag third multimillion-dollar settlement in S.C. this year

Joseph A. Fried of Fried Rogers Goldberg has reached a $14.25 million settlement for a Georgia family in a South Carolina wrongful death case against a trucking company.

The details of the settlement were made public because of settlement requirements in South Carolina that differ from Georgia, where lawyers can simply withdraw lawsuits by saying they’ve been resolved and keep settlement terms confidential. In South Carolina, withdrawal of a wrongful death case must be approved by the courts, according to Fried. “South Carolina makes it very difficult to have confidential settlements because the court approvals are required,” Fried said.

Because the case involved multiple plaintiffs and minor children, several court orders were required. Judge J. Michelle Childs of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina approved the settlement in June. “It took forever to get the court to approve the settlement,” said Fried, who noted the parties reached an agreement in April.

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