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BP LLP Lawyers Secure Record-Setting Verdict: $280 Million

BP LLP lawyers Brandon Peak, Joel Wooten, Chris McDaniel, Ramsey Prather & Team secured a record-setting verdict in the amount of $280 million in the wrongful death tractor-trailer case of 58 year old Judy Madere v. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Schnitzer Steel Southeast, Inc. & their truck driver on Friday, August 23. Madere was killed along with her twin sister, her daughter & her two grandchildren after the truck driver crossed the center line & hit their vehicle in its lane of travel. The jury returned the largest civil verdict in Muscogee County, Georgia history after deliberating for 45 minutes…. read more

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James E. Butler Gift Guarantees Aid for Veterans at UGA Law

By Katheryn Tucker | February 04, 2019 With a gift form a well-known graduate, the University of Georgia law school has announced it will guarantee financial aid to veterans. “Thanks to the generous support to date, the School of Law has reached the point where every veteran currently enrolled in the entering class will receive financial aid,” UGA Law Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge said in a statement to be released Tuesday. “What better way to honor military women and men for their service than to provide them monetary support for their education.” Rutledge added, “I am grateful to renowned trial attorney… read more

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Committee Appointments Announced at the State Bar of Georgia

BP LLP is proud to announce the recent appointments of several of our attorneys to State Bar of Georgia Committees. Brandon Peak, Tedra Cannella, and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Bench and Bar Committee. Cannella was also appointed to the Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Committee. Joel Wooten and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Business Courts Committee. Rob Snyder was appointed to the Judicial Procedure and Administration/Uniform Rules Committee.

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Butler Prather LLP Opens New Office in Savannah

Butler Prather LLP and its partners have handled personal injury cases in Savannah and the coastal Georgia area for over 30 years, and has now opened an office in Downtown Savannah. James E. Butler, Jr. of BP LLP anticipates spending even more time in Savannah than he has for the past several years.  “Years ago I tried several cases in Savannah, but have not had that opportunity lately,” Butler said.  “I look forward to doing so more.” BP LLP has had offices in Atlanta and Columbus since the firm was founded in 1988. Jim Butler opened an Atlanta office in… read more

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Cases Against Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. and Hankook Tire America Corporation Settled For Confidential Amount

Butler Prather LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys Brandon Peak, David Rohwedder, Christopher McDaniel and Rory Weeks along with Ragan Dudley of Homesley Gaines Dudley & Clodfelter of Statesville NC settled five wrongful death cases and twelve personal injury cases against tire manufacturer Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Hankook Tire America Corporation, for a confidential amount just before opening statements were made in the Superior Court of Iredell County, North Carolina.  The case, Smith, et al. v. Hankook Tire Co. Ltd, et al., involved the catastrophic failure of a Hankook brand tire on the front left wheel of… read more

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Serious Personal Injury Case Settled for $5.6 Million on Eve of Trial

Butler Prather LLP is pleased to announce that Partners James E. Butler, Jr. & Robert Snyder settled two significant personal injury cases for $5.6 million two weeks before trial.  The case involved two young ladies who were involved in a motor vehicle wreck when they were hit by a Downey Trees company employee driving a company truck.  The truck failed to stop at a red light and hit the back of the ladies’ car going 67 miles per hour.  The driver suffered a serious brain injury and spent four days in the intensive care unit.  The passenger was also knocked… read more

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Butler Prather LLP is pleased to announce that the firm settled a whistleblower case

Butler Prather LLP has settled a whistleblower case brought under the federal False Claims Act against Wells Fargo for $108 million. The case involved Wells Fargo charging veterans unallowable fees on a classification of VA mortgage loans called “IRRRL” loans. The VA guarantees a substantial portion of these loans, thereby reducing the bank’s risk. On behalf of our clients, we sought repayment of the guarantees that Wells Fargo collected on loans that went into default and foreclosure. Wells Fargo should never have received those payments from the Government if it would have truthfully informed the VA that it had charged… read more

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The University of Georgia School of Law is establishing a Veterans Legal Services Clinic

Funded by a lead gift from renowned trial attorney and alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. in memory of his father, Lt. Cmdr. James E. Butler Sr., The University of Georgia School of Law is establishing a Veterans Legal Services Clinic. The new clinic will provide veterans in Georgia with legal assistance they might not otherwise have access to or be able to afford, with particular regard to denied or deferred claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It also includes an educational scholarship component. Read more 

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Butler Prather LLP is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners were again selected as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers or 2017 Rising Stars.

Jim Butler and Joel Wooten were once again named Georgia Super Lawyers. Butler was also named to the Georgia Top 100 List. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. This honor is reserved for less than 5% of attorneys practicing in Georgia. Partners Brandon Peak, Buddy Morrison, and Tedra Cannella were named Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Recently, the University of Georgia School of Law dedicated the James E. Butler Courtroom.

Located on the first floor of Dean Rusk Hall, this courtroom honors three generations of the Butler family. The occasion included the unveiling of a portrait of James E. “Jim” Butler, Jr. (JD‘77) by artist Beth Stephens that hangs outside the courtroom

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Jury imposes $1.7 billion verdict against Ford for F-series pickup roof collapse that killed couple. Read More.