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Families of Four Individuals Killed in Apartment Fire Settle for $10 Million

Case name and number: Confidential
Principal injuries (in order of severity): Wrongful death of 4 individuals
Special damages: Not applicable
Tried or settled: Settled
Court: Confidential
Date concluded: March 4, 2022
Name of judge: Not applicable
Amount: $10,000,000.00
Insurance carrier: Confidential
Expert witnesses and areas of expertise: Not applicable
Attorneys for plaintiffs: C. Douglas Maynard Jr., of the Law Offices of C. Douglas Maynard Jr. in Winston- Salem; Ann Ochsner of the Whitley Law Firm in Raleigh; Jeffrey Powers of Powers Law Group in Macon, Ga.; Christopher B. Newbern of Piasta Newbern Walker in Atlanta; Stephen Chance of Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance in Atlanta; and Mark Murray of The Murray Law Firm in Atlanta
Submitted by: Matthew Bissette, on behalf of Whitley Law Firm


The families of four people aged 17 to 19 who were killed in a devastating late-night apartment fire have settled their claims against the apartment complex and the county 911 operators who handled the victims’ emergency calls. Investigation of the premises found that the apartment complex was aware of dangerous conditions on the property. Furthermore, attorneys for the plaintiffs discovered that the 911 operator failed to advise the victims to evacuate the structure.

A trial would have proved emotionally difficult for the victims of those who passed away in the fire. Both sides agreed to a settlement of $10 million. Per the terms of the settlement, the names of all parties are confidential.