Highway department appeals $3 million ruling in street-racing case

Charlotte attorney Amanda Mingo, who represents one of the families, said the appeal was expected. “The N.C. DOT does not have to pay interest on the $3 million award as a person or corporation would, so there is no disincentive for appealing,” she said Monday. “The families continue to wait for justice and hope the Supreme Court affirms the decision quickly.” Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article64617067.html

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Charlotte School of Law and Parent Companies

Rawls, Scheer, Clary and Mingo, along with co-counsel, Crumley Roberts and Bohrer Brady, filed a class action lawsuit against the Charlotte School of Law, and its parent companies, InfiLaw Holdings and Sterling Capital Partners, seeking damages for past, current and future harms caused by the defendants. You can read the Charlotte Observer article, which highlights our lawsuit, here. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article127735479.html If you are or were a Charlotte School of Law student and have suffered a financial loss due to your attendance, we are here to help. Please call our office or the office of Crumley Roberts at 886-336-4547. Download the original complaint here.

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RSCM Client Receives Clemency from President Obama on his Last Day in Office

RSCM longtime client Ray Surrat receives clemency and is granted early release by President Obama during his last days in office. Tony Scheer is quoted in the story. Surratt was serving a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime, a penalty that his sentencing judge, prosecutors and defense team agreed was overly harsh but still could leave the ­42-year-old North Carolina man locked up forever. On Jan. 19, Surratt was left momentarily speechless by a call from one of his attorneys telling him that on Barack Obama’s last full day in office, the president had granted Surratt early release as one of the record number of commutations for inmates sentenced under severe mandatory minimum laws passed in the 1980s and 1990s. Obama’s order reduces Surratt’s life sentence to 200 months, leaving him with less than three years behind bars if he completes a drug rehabilitation program. “Ray was literally the poster child for why Congress should not tell a judge exactly what they have to do,” said Surratt’s longtime attorney Tony Scheer, who cried when he learned Surratt was on Obama’s final clemency list. When Surratt heard the news in a call, “I’m not sure he really believed it,” Scheer said Wednesday. Link to Washington Post news article here.

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Baxter Healthcare Corporation Settles Whistleblower Case

A health care company has agreed to pay more than $18 million after a whistleblower raised alarms about mold near a production line for sterile IV bags. U.S. Justice Department officials announced the developments with Baxter Healthcare Corp. late Thursday. The company will pay the $18 million to resolve civil and criminal matters after issues with mold in part of its Marion, North Carolina plant in 2011 and 2012. Tony Scheer, one of two attorneys representing Wall, told Eyewitness News that Wall tried to get managers at Baxter to stop the production line. When they didn’t, he went to the Federal Drug Administration, Scheer said. “It’s truly unfortunate that a group of managers at that plant ignored the best efforts of Mr. Wall and some others at the plant to get them to stop it,” Scheer said. Related stories here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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Siskey Ponzi Scheme Comes to Light With Release of Affidavit

A recent affidavit released by the FBI reveals details about the Ponzi scheme operated by Charlotte businessman Richard Siskey. Charlotte attorney Tony Scheer sat down with Channel 9 and went through the affidavit. “Ponzi schemes are games of musical chairs,” he said. “As long as the music is playing and new investors are bringing in money, everybody’s happy. It’s when the music stops and there aren’t enough chairs that people fall down and hurt their bottoms.” The FBI document states that Siskey spent more than $15 million on casino gambling after transferring investors’ money into his personal accounts — $1 million was sent to Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino. Full story here. Full affidavit here.

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North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Judgment against NCDOT

This case began with a terrible automobile crash that occurred in Charlotte in 2009 resulting in three deaths. The families alleged that in addition to the racing drivers, a proximate cause of the deaths was Crescent Resources’ decision not to fund – and the NCDOT’s decision not to install – a traffic signal at the intersection. The case was first tried in state court against the developer, Crescent Resources, and the Mecklenburg County jury awarded three million dollars each to the estates of the two children who were killed in the crash. After the state court trial, we pursued the NCDOT in the Industrial Commission for its decision not to install the signal. The Full Commission unanimously agreed the NCDOT’s decision was a cause of the crash and awarded an additional one million dollars to each of the three estates. The NCDOT appealed and a divided Court of Appeals affirmed. The NCDOT appealed again. Last week, the NC Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals’ decision. In all, the families were awarded nine million dollars in the fight against Crescent and NCDOT in the quest to make sure this does not happen again. Read more: http://www.wxii12.com/article/nc-supreme-court-upholds-blame-on-dot-for-deadly-crash/3702165

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Tony Scheer featured on WSOCTV

Charlotte’s WSOCTV seeks out the expertise of attorney Tony Scheer, regarding a recent local case.

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Man found not guilty in string of robberies, arrested after chase

Tony Scheer, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, said if they weren’t convinced that the man behind the masks was Orr, the jury got it right in acquitting him. “If you have a situation where a person’s accused of a crime and no one saw their face, no DNA and no fingerprints, it’s almost impossible to imagine getting a guilty verdict,” Scheer said. Those masked robberies could come back to haunt Orr in a trial on the new charges if prosecutors can show that the new cases are similar to those, Scheer said. “Was he wearing a mask this time? That would be one of those things that would say this is a common scheme or plan,” Scheer said. Quote from wscoctv.com – read the full story here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/man-found-not-guilty-in-string-of-robberies-arrested-after-chase/68842299

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North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Judgment against NCDOT

North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Judgment against NCDOT It has been a long, uphill battle against the NCDOT for its failure to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 49 where it crosses Palisaides Parkway and Riverpoint Drive. The NC Industrial Commission awarded the families of Hunter Holt and Cynthia and Mackie Price three million dollars in December, 2014, five and half years after they lost thier loved ones. The NCDOT appealed and yesterday the NC Court of Appeals upheld the Commission’s award. Will the NCDOT appeal to the NC Supreme Court? Probably. They have nothing to lose as the NCDOT is not required to pay interest on a judgment when it appeals.http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article58012363.html

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