Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Names New Leader

March 9, 2014 8:00 AM
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Names New Leader

The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jeff Smith of Greenwood is the new President and CEO for the organization. He will take the helm on March 31.

“After two months of reviewing resumés and meeting with a number of candidates, we are very excited to welcome Jeff aboard,” said Jenna Jordan with Strovis, who currently chairs the Board of Directors and the CEO Search Committee. “

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The Tangled Web of Southern Holdings

March 2, 2014 8:15 AM
The Tangled Web of Southern Holdings

Any time you get close to an issue that stems from the original Southern Holdings lawsuit, the tangled web of deception gets larger and larger.

The latest is a letter dated February 27, 2014 (attachment below) from the law firm of Ballard, Watson, Weissenstein to federal judge Bryan Harwell regarding the “alleged” settlement of the Southern Holdings case.

The letter is dated two days after a motions hearing in state court before Judge Doyet A. Early on an interpleader case in which Ballard and Weissenstein represent John Rakowsky, a lawyer who represented the original Southern Holdings plaintiffs.

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A Brief Shining Moment for Southern Holdings Plaintiffs

February 26, 2014 6:44 PM
A Brief Shining Moment for Southern Holdings Plaintiffs

Sunshine broke through into a S.C. Circuit Courtroom yesterday highlighting at least one brief shining moment for the plaintiffs of the original Southern Holdings lawsuit.

Judge Doyet A. Early, III showed his courtroom follows the law, which, especially for the original Southern Holdings plaintiffs through the years, has been all too rare. He held forth as a judge who is not interested in the corrupt backroom deals that often smear the S.C. legal system, but, rather, in the truth.

As a result of Judge Early’s decisions yesterday, attorneys John Rakowsky and Adrian Falgione will have to answer questions, both will be deposed and discovery will move forward in the Rakowsky v. Falgione et al interpleader action.

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S.C. Legal System on Trial at High Noon

February 25, 2014 7:00 AM
S.C. Legal System on Trial at High Noon

A noon hearing in a Columbia court room could go a long way to proving how much legitimacy should be attached to what passes for a legal system in South Carolina.

The issues aren’t big on their surface – a simple motions hearing on several motions associated with an interpleader action.

An interpleader action originates when a party holds property on behalf of another but does not know to whom the property should be transferred. It asks the court to make the decision.

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Lone Survivor

January 23, 2014 6:00 PM
Lone Survivor

This past weekend I went and saw the movie “Lone Survivor,” and I have to admit, yes, I cried.

In case you are not familiar with the movie, it depicts the days in late June 2005, and a mission dubbed “Operation Red Wings,” in which four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to kill or capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.

The mission failed when three Navy SEALs were ambushed and killed and a reaction force helicopter was shot down killing all on board.

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Southern Holdings Settlement Check Saga – Corrected

January 6, 2014 7:10 AM
Southern Holdings Settlement Check Saga – Corrected

A settlement check issued by the state of South Carolina for the Southern Holdings case plaintiffs wound up nine months later in the account of an attorney not connected to the case.

After six years in litigation where the state Insurance Reserve Fund spent several million dollars on lawyers defending the case, a rushed “settlement” was allegedly arranged between lawyers for the plaintiff and lawyers for the defendants.

The alleged settlement took place behind closed doors with the federal trial judge, after jury selection was complete.

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