Sep. 19 2023

MGC Secures Complete Defense Win in Trucking Trial

After a five-day trial, the Wake County, North Carolina jury deliberated for just six minutes before returning a defense verdict for MGC’s client. Meredith Cushing and Stephen Pytlik of MGC represented a national company, the local contractor and the driver in a case where a man claimed he was backed into in his driveway causing severe personal injury.

In pre-trial motions, MGC obtained summary judgment on four of plaintiff’s claims: gross negligence, punitive damages, trespass and breach of contract. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $3,000,000 in closing argument. The jury found that the defendants were not negligent leading to a complete defense victory.

MGC Attorney Meredith CushingMeredith Cushing is an attorney in MGC’s Raleigh office with a practice focusing on litigation, including civil litigation, insurance defense, defense of personal injury torts, UM/UIM issues, commercial litigation, construction defect and insurance coverage disputes. Meredith represents insurance carriers and individual insured persons and companies in civil litigation and has tried over 100 cases to verdict across North Carolina. She also serves on MGC’s Trucking: Rapid Response Team.

Stephen Pytlik is an attorney in MGC’s Raleigh office with a practice focusing on complex litigation and administrative proceedings, representing a range of licensed professionals, companies and individuals. Stephen has been engaged directly by several universities, businesses and individuals to represent them in connection with licensure or civil litigation matters.

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