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Deadly DUI Lawsuit – Witness: Man Likely 3 times legal limit

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Coroner-elect says Sammy's workers should have seen signs of drunkenness at that level, but defense chips away at claim. Lawyers continued to spar Tuesday over whether strip club employees could tell that a man was drunk when they served him two beers just before he got into a fatal car accident in November 2003. The family of Sean Stokley, who was killed when drunken driver Charles Holland rear-ended Stokley on Schillinger Road, is suing Holland, Sammy's of Mobile and Sammy's Management Co. for the teen's death. Trial began Monday in Mobile County Circuit Judge John Lockett's courtroom. Testimony ended Tuesday, and closing...

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Sammy’s Hit for $2.8M

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Jurors returned a $2.8 million verdict Wednesday against a Mobile strip club because it served beer to a man who was already drunk, then he caused a fatal wreck. The unanimous verdict indicated that the jury of eight women and six men believed the plaintiff's case; that Sammy's on Airport Boulevard in November 2003 served two Yeungling beers to Charles Holland even though employees could see he was drunk and that those two beers led Holland to crash into and kill 16-year-old Sean Stokley. Sean's mother, Valerie Dawn Stokley of the Wilmer area, said the Mobile County Circuit Court verdict will...

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Family sues strip club over deadly DUI wreck

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Lawyers say Sammy's bartenders should have known man they served was drunk. Lawyers for the family of a teenager killed in a wreck are trying to convince a Mobile County Circuit Court jury that a strip club is partly to blame for serving alcohol to the driver who caused the wreck. But attorneys for the club - Sammy's on Airport Boulevard in Mobile - maintain that the man responsible for the wreck had only two beers and that bartenders could not tell that he was already drunk when they served him. The trial began Monday at Government Plaza in downtown Mobile before...

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Jury sticks repo company for $1.6 million Slippery method of seizing car led to owner’s injury, jurors conclude

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] When repo men with Gulf Coast Recovery Services & Storage sneaked into Kenneth Thrash's carport in the dead of night to repossess his 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra, they employed a slick approach to extract the vehicle; slathering the floor with dishwashing liquid to slide the car out quickly and quietly. Too slick, in fact. A Mobile County Circuit Court jury walloped the company Wednesday afternoon with a $1.6 million verdict, blaming Gulf Coast Recovery for a serious injury Thrash incurred when he ran into his carport to look for his car, slid on the slimy floor and landed on his lower...

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