Our Results

This is a list of some significant verdicts, judgments, and settlements obtained by Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. This list should not be considered as a description or characterization of the firm's quality of representation and in no way should be interpreted as a guarantee of a specific result for your case. Every case is different and must be evaluated on its own merit.

SETTLEMENT

$280 million

United States ex rel. Brown v. Celgene Corp., CV 10-03165 (RK) (C.D. Cal.)

Practice Area: Whistleblower Claims

On July 25, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $280 million settlement with drug maker Celgene Corp. to settle claims the company fraudulently promoted two drugs for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)….

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JURY VERDICT

$1.325 million

Newkirk v. Enzor, 2:13-1634-RMG (D.S.C.)

Practice Area: Personal Injury

On March 15, 2017, a Charleston jury returned a verdict finding a husband and wife’s civil rights were violated by a former South Carolina highway patrolman who arrested them during a traffic stop.

The plaintiffs, Jerome C. Newkirk and Catherine B….

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SETTLEMENT

$2.15 million

Vagish, LLC v. Seneca Specialty Insurance Co., C/A No. 313-cv-03161-TLW (D.S.C.)

Practice Area: Insurance Bad Faith

A family-owned hotel business settled its insurance bad faith claim against Seneca Specialty Insurance Company (Seneca) for $2.15 million after the insurer failed to pay for fire damage caused by an arson.

The West Columbia, South Carolina business, Vagish LLC and Va Va Vagish LLC (collectively,…

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NOTEWORTHY RESULTS

Released on Bail

State v. Nordan

Practice Area: Criminal Defense

A Lexington County man spent the holidays and new year home with his family after spending three years in prison for a crime for which he had no recollection.

Randall Houston Nordan was accused of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and reckless homicide….

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SETTLEMENT

$17 million

United States ex rel. Hammett v. Lexington County Health Services District Inc. d/b/a Lexington Medical Center

Practice Area: Whistleblower Claims

On July 28, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced $17 million settlement with Lexington County Health Services District Inc. d/b/a Lexington Medical Center, concluding a federal whistleblower case brought by former hospital employee David H. Hammett, M.D.

The settlement resolves allegations that the hospital violated the Physician Self-Referral Law,…

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SETTLEMENT

$2.5 million

United States ex rel. Kurnik v. Amgen

Practice Area: Whistleblower Claims

This week the United States Department of Justice announced a $2.5 million settlement with long-term care pharmacy Pharmerica that concludes a federal false claims case that has resulted in over $31.5 million being recovered by federal and state governments.

The December 2015 settlement with the pharmacy servicing hundreds of nursing homes across the nation,…

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JURY VERDICT

$50,000

Butler v. Officer (Mr.) Durant, C.A. No. 4:14-cv-2276-RMG (D.S.C.)

Practice Area: Personal Injury

On November 17, 2015, a federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina  found in favor of Lavandre Dashaun Butler, an inmate at Lee Correctional Institution, who was attacked in 2012 when the defendant, a prison guard, failed to properly secure Mr. Butler’s cell door….

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JURY VERDICT

$1.65 million

Stevens & Wilkinson of South Carolina, Inc. v. City of Columbia, South Carolina

Practice Area: Business Disputes

A Richland County jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a $1.65 million verdict for architecture firm Stevens & Wilkinson (“S&W”) against the City of Columbia, the State Newspaper reported in a July 30, 2015 article by John Monk. …

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SETTLEMENT

$5 million

United States ex rel. Figueroa v. Covan World-Wide Moving, Inc., C.A. No. 3:12-cv-01144-JFA (D.S.C.).

Practice Area: Whistleblower Claims

On July 9, 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced the settlement of fraud claims against Covan World Wide Moving, Inc., Coleman American Moving Services, Inc., and related entities.

The federal false claims case arose from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by employees from the company’s  Augusta,…

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SETTLEMENT

$750,000

Sweeper v. Richland County, C/A NO.: 13-CP-40-2161 (S.C. Cir. Ct.)

Practice Area: Personal Injury

On July 10, 2014, WLTX reported on a $750,000 settlement reached between Richland County and a prisoner beaten by a jail guard. The victim, Robert Sweeper, III, was restrained in handcuffs and posed no threat to Robin Smith when he was severely beaten and left in a cell with no medical attention….

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