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RELEASE: Bland Richter sends second notice to SC DOT of dangerous conditions on Delemar Highway

A letter sent in March to the South Carolina Department of Transportation concerning Delemar Highway in Summerville has resulted in months of silence and inaction

CHARLESTON, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Charleston and Columbia, SC sent the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) a second notification letter concerning Delemar Highway today, Thursday, September 1, 2016.

The first letter was sent on March 18, 2016 and served to give the DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS). The letter was sent per S.C. Code §15-78-60(15), which mandates that the DOT correct all defects in a reasonable time.

However, since the original letter was sent no action has been taken by the DOT and no response with exception of a 10-word email reply stating that the DOT will “look into the suggestion.”

Two tragic accidents have occurred in the interim. A 23-year-old driver was killed on Delemar Highway near ARHS and a dump truck collided with ARHS Bus #38 on a road that feeds into Delemar Highway.

“Despite the heroic efforts of local governmental officials, the project is once again stalled.

School has commenced in Dorchester District Two and the ARHS family is truly living on borrowed time,” says Scott Mongillo, attorney at Bland Richter.

Recent related articles:

Delemar Highway a ‘Gauntlet of Danger’

23-year-old driver killed in wreck on Delemar Highway amid safety complaints

Delemar delayed…again

About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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Bland Richter sends second notice to SC DOT of dangerous conditions on Delemar Highway

A letter sent in March to the South Carolina Department of Transportation concerning Delemar Highway in Summerville has resulted in months of silence and inaction

CHARLESTON, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Charleston and Columbia, SC sent the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) a second notification letter concerning Delemar Highway today, Thursday, September 1, 2016.

The first letter was sent on March 18, 2016 and served to give the DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS). The letter was sent per S.C. Code §15-78-60(15), which mandates that the DOT correct all defects in a reasonable time.

However, since the original letter was sent no action has been taken by the DOT and no response with exception of a 10-word email reply stating that the DOT will “look into the suggestion.”

Two tragic accidents have occurred in the interim. A 23-year-old driver was killed on Delemar Highway near ARHS and a dump truck collided with ARHS Bus #38 on a road that feeds into Delemar Highway.

“Despite the heroic efforts of local governmental officials, the project is once again stalled.

School has commenced in Dorchester District Two and the ARHS family is truly living on borrowed time,” says Scott Mongillo, attorney at Bland Richter.

Recent related articles:

Delemar Highway a ‘Gauntlet of Danger’

23-year-old driver killed in wreck on Delemar Highway amid safety complaints

Delemar delayed…again

About Bland Richter

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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Democratic Candidate for Richland County Sheriff instrumental in obtaining justice for Hammond family.

PRESS RELEASE

May 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

James Flowers, Democratic Candidate for Richland County Sheriff, instrumental in obtaining justice for the Zachary Hammond family. 

COLUMBIA, SC – COLUMBIA, SC – James Flowers, a former SLED Senior Special Agent and Democratic Candidate for Richland County Sheriff was instrumental in obtaining justice for the Zachary Hammond family.  Zachary Hammond was a 17 year old teen who was shot and killed by Seneca, South Carolina Police Officer Mark Tiller.  Flowers was hired as an expert witness by the family’s attorney Bland Richter, LLP to review the case, including the video of the shooting of Zachary.

“Flowers’ report moved the attorneys for the Seneca Police Department”, says the Hammond family attorney Eric Bland.  “The attorneys were worried after reviewing James’ (Flowers) report.” Bland states that “Flowers’ report was the most detailed and thorough of any of the family’s expert witnesses.”

The strength of Flowers’ report was a significant factor in the case settling for $2,150,000.00. “The in-depth and thorough analysis Flowers provided was persuasive in moving the Seneca Police Departments position so that they settled”, says Bland. “Flowers doesn’t only see it the way of the police but he is objective”, says Bland.

James Flowers is a democratic candidate for Sheriff in Richland County S.C. The primary election is June 14th.

Bland Richter gives SC DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2016

Bland Richter gives SC DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway

Bland Richter sends South Carolina Department of Transportation a letter concerning Delemar Highway in Summerville

Charleston, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Columbia and Charleston, SC sent the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) a notification letter concerning Delemar Highway.

The purpose of the letter is to give the DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS). The letter was sent per S.C. Code §15-78-60(15) which mandates that the DOT correct all defects in a reasonable time.

The DOT maintains over 41,000 miles of public roadways. However, it has failed to adequately maintain this section of road that is used daily by ARHS students, faculty members, and staff.

“The ARHS family is living on borrowed time. As it currently exists, a serious injury or death will occur on Delemar Highway. Please repair this road to protect these students or the DOT will be held accountable in a court of law.” says Scott Mongillo, attorney of Bland Richter, LLP.

Recent related articles:

Delemar Highway widening project on hold

Council receives Delemar Highway 165 update

About Bland Richter

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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Bland Richter files complaint on behalf of Officer Michael Slager

Bland Richter files complaint on behalf of Officer Michael Slager

Bland Richter filed a complain on behalf of Michael Slager against Southern States Police Benevolent Association today, November 10, 2015

Charleston, SC – Today, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Bland Richter, LLP of Columbia and Charleston, have filed a complaint in the US District Court of South Carolina on behalf of Officer Michael Slager against the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (“Southern States PBA”) is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Florida which transacts business within the State of South Carolina. Among its business activities in the State of South Carolina, it issues policies of insurance, which insure police officers within the State of South Carolina.

For years preceding the shooting death of Walter Scott, Michael Slager paid for an insurance policy issued by the Southern States Police Benevolent Society which promised to provide him with a legal defense in the event of an officer related shooting while serving in his capacity as a police officer.

“Despite the fact that Slager is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the fact that the trial of the Slager matter has yet to be scheduled, just four days after the shooting death of Walter Scott, Southern States PBA terminated Slager’s coverage,” says Ronald L. Richter, Jr., attorney of Bland Richter, LLP.

“Today, Michael Slager has filed an action in the Federal District Court in Charleston, South Carolina which seeks redress for the actions of Southern States PBA which have placed the entire Slager family in financial jeopardy.”

About Bland Richter

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

 

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Bland Richter Calls for Statewide Grand Jury Investigation in Teen Death

Bland Richter calls for a statewide grand jury investigation of the 19-year-old Seneca teen who was shot by a police officer

Bland Richter calls for a statewide grand jury investigation of the 19-year-old Seneca teen who was shot by a police officer

Columbia, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Columbia and Charleston, SC will represent the parents of the 19-year-old Seneca teen, Zachary Hammond, who was shot and killed by a police officer Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Bland Richter has requested the State Attorney General to call for a statewide grand jury investigation into the incident. “Zachary Hammond was shot from behind and that his car was not moving,” says Eric Bland, partner of Bland Richter. This is contrary to police reports, which claim that officer was threatened by the vehicle and fired in self-defense. Zachary Hammond was unarmed.

“This is a most troubling incident that needs to be fully investigated by independent law enforcement and judicial officials,” says Bland. “We believe that a state wide grand jury needs to be impaneled to look into the circumstances of why deadly force was used in this matter.”

Although both the officer and the victim were of the same race, this matter should be investigated with the same tenacity and thoroughness as those tragic cases involving mixed races. The central issue remains the same:  as a society, we need to curb the excessive and deadly use of force by our police departments in situations where such force is unwarranted.

Recent related articles:

Coroner identifies teen shot, killed by Seneca police

Parents of teen shot by police hire attorney

Seneca officer on administrative leave after deadly shooting

About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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Super lawyers 2015

Bland Richter Partners Selected to the 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers List

Bland Richter partners, Eric S. Bland and Ronald L. Richter, Jr., are first time selectees to the 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers List.

 Charleston, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Columbia and Charleston, SC is pleased to announce that partners Eric S. Bland and Ronald L. Richter, Jr. have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers List for excellence and recognition as Super Lawyers in Professional Liability.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas that have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers selects attorneys for its list using a patented three-tiered selection process of nominations, independent research and evaluations. Attorneys enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by peers who have personally observed the candidate in action.

Super Lawyers’ attorney-led research staff searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors or credentials that indicated a high degree of professional competence across 12 key categories, including verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

The goal of this selection process and the Super Lawyers annual list is to create a credible and comprehensive list of exceptional attorneys that can be used as a resource for fellow attorneys and consumers in need of legal counsel.

Bland Richter Super Lawyers Ad final

 

 

 

 

 

McNair Law Firm Sued for Legal Malpractice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2014

McNair Law Firm Sued for Legal Malpractice

McNair Law Firm, the third largest law firm in South Carolina with more than 100 attorneys in nine offices, and one of its attorney’s shareholders are being sued for legal malpractice.

Charleston, SC – Bland Richter attorneys, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, filed a legal malpractice suit in Richland County, South Carolina on July 14, 2014 against McNair Law Firm, the third largest law firm in South Carolina with more than 100 attorneys in nine offices, and Bob Deeb, a real estate lawyer at the firm’s Hilton Head office. The suit alleges that Deeb conspired with a land developer and business associate to deprive five elderly black sisters of land that had been in their family since the 1920s.

The property owned by the White Sisters was valued at over $6 million in 2009 when the suit alleges that attorney Deeb and his business partner and associate, Ed Flynn, Hilton Head developer, misled the sisters into signing over their land, despite conflicts of interest and the failing real estate market. According to the suit, Deeb never informed the sisters that he had represented Flynn and that he had both a personal and financial stake in Flynn’s business.  Instead, Deeb continuously encouraged the sisters to continue their negotiations with Flynn for the purpose of forming a joint venture to develop the family land.

In 2009, Deeb advised the sisters to transfer their land into an entity called “WSI II” and allowed this entity to comingle the property into other ventures of Flynn. Essentially WSI II became a one-third minority partner in entities owned or controlled by Flynn,. The sisters were promised $300,000 each and a home that was worth no less than $600,000. According to the suit, none of them received either. Deeb continued to represent the sisters until April 2013, when another attorney discovered the relationship between Deeb and Flynn.

“The conflicts of interest in the case are profound and troubling,” says Bland Richter partner Ronnie Richter.

About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration in legal and professional malpractice. Partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. In addition, Bland Richter prosecutes medical malpractice, complex commercial, transactional and business disputes. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary. To learn more about Bland Richter visit www.blandrichter.com

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Bland Richter Partners Achieve Membership in the American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2014

Bland Richter Partners Achieve Membership in the American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers

Bland Richter partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, successfully completed national testing in Legal Malpractice with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and become two of the total three attorneys in South Carolina with this honor.

Charleston, SC –Bland Richter partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, successfully completed national testing in Legal Malpractice and are now two of three total attorneys in the State of South Carolina who have been recognized as Diplomats in Legal Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys has been in existence since 1972 and is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to test attorneys in the areas of legal malpractice and medical malpractice. ABPLA Legal and Medical Malpractice lawyers must meet or exceed rigorous standards set by the Association. Some of these standards include passing the ABPLA’s written examination, completing 36 hours of continuing legal education, having a minimum of five years of the actual practice of legal professional liability law, and participation as lead counsel in a substantial amount of trials.

Ronnie Richter passed the written examination in December 2013, recording the highest score to date of all attorneys who have tested with the ABPLA. Eric Bland passed the written examination in February 2014 scoring in the top percentage of all attorneys who have taken the exam.

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration in legal malpractice and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. In addition, Bland Richter prosecutes complex commercial, transactional and business disputes. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit www.blandrichter.com

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The Founding Members of CertusBank Fight Back and File Federal Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2014

The Founding Members of CertusBank Fight Back and File Federal Lawsuit

Founding Members and Ex-Executive Officials of CertusBank filed Federal lawsuit today, April 23, 2014, in South Carolina Federal Court to Fight Back for their Lost Jobs and Defamed Reputations

Charleston, SC – Today, April 23, 2014, Bland Richter, LLP, along with the Plaintiffs, who are among the founding members of the bank, file a federal lawsuit against CertusBank for an excess of $75,000. According to the suit, CertusBank, a few rogue Board members of the bank, and one investor conspired to oust the Plaintiffs from their jobs and co-opt the Board and to take control of CertusBank through the calculated dissemination of defamatory statements about the Plaintiffs. These statements were not only slanderous, but also racist, outrageously uncivilized, and offensive to the African American leadership of the bank.

According to the lawsuit, these conspirators, along with New York hedge fund mogul, Benjamin Weinger, and his organization, 3-Sigma Value Financial Opportunities, L.P., engaged in a intensive effort to wrestle control of the CertusBank using underhanded tactics. These tactics included widespread marketing of lies and half-truths on a national scale to negatively depict the business practices and judgment of the founders, publication of inflammatory mistruths and illegally obtained internal customer information and prevention of Plaintiffs from providing a factual and true defense against all of these efforts.

CertusBank was founded in 2010 by Plaintiffs, Milton Jones, Walter Davis and Angela Webb. It was a new national bank that had a plan to buy the remains of failed or failing financial institutions and make them profitable. In just three short years, CertusBank grew from four to 700 employees, launched banking operations in four southern states and amassed control of over $1.7 billion in assets. Plaintiffs, who all happen to be African American, built CertusBank into the largest minority founded and operated financial institution in American history.

About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration in legal and professional malpractice. Partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. In addition, Bland Richter prosecutes medical malpractice, complex commercial, transactional and business disputes. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit www.blandrichter.com

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