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NEWS:

$23.6 Billion Verdict Won Against a Tobacco Company on Behalf of the Widow of a Life-Long Smoker

Learn more here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-jury-awards-23-6b-verdict-big-tobacco-lawsuit-n160241

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/business/jury-awards-23-6-billion-in-florida-smoking-case.html?_r=0

http://time.com/3016961/23-6-billion-lawsuit-winner-to-big-tobacco-are-you-awake-now/

FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion Hazed to Death in 2011

Learn more here:

http://news.yahoo.com/robert-champions-parents-sue-famu-hazing-death-171622086--abc-news-topstories.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NCUcq88n4k&feature=youtu.be

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/7445925/family-sue-owner-bus-where-florida-rattlers-student-robert-champion-died

Jonathan Ferrell Was Shot and Killed By a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer in 2013

Learn more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/us/charlotte-police-officer-indicted-in-shooting.html?_r=0

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/14/justice/north-carolina-police-shooting-ferrell-lawsuit/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mom-of-nc-man-shot-by-cop-forgives-but-wants-justice/

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/13/5171846/questions-remain-a-year-after.html#.VBdWDPldXAk

Semi Truck Accident Kills One

One man died and one woman was injured in a semi truck traffic crash.

Learn more here:

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131002/ARTICLES/131009915/

York County (S.C.) Plant Death

Samir Storey, 39, died on January 22 while cleaning a "fume" tank at a Resolute Forest Products plant in southeastern York County. He was a contract worker for the plant.

Learn more here:

http://www.wbtv.com/story/20763076/samir-storey-death-resolute-forest-products-wife-bowater

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/family-man-killed-accident-paper-mill-plans-file-l/nT9Zx/

Deadly Shootings in Wichita, Kansas, Dollar General

The deadly shootings of 79-year-old Henry Harvey and 22-year-old Zachary Hunt occurred in a Wichita, Kan., Dollar General. Both victims were shot multiple times, and police arrested the suspect, 19-year-old Marquis Marshall.

Harvey was a customer in the store, and Hunt was a clerk. Marshall was later arrested during a traffic stop in Wichita.

Read more here:

http://articles.kwch.com/2012-12-03/wichita-police_35518091

FAMU Hazing Update

Twelve former Florida A&M University students face manslaughter charges in the hazing death of band drum major Robert Champion Jr.

Read more here:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/04/justice/florida-famu-hazing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FIRMS:

The Chestnut Firm would like to welcome Diane Beams, COO.

COO

COMMUNITY RELATIONS:

Attorney Chestnut to speak with 150 middle school students for Law Day in Gainesville, Fla., at University of Florida's College of Law.

The Chestnut Firm sponsored a holiday gift giveaway for the Gainesville Boys & Girls Club facilities. Gifts were given to more than 300 students and staff members on the Northwest and Southeast sides of Gainesville.

The Chestnut Firm sponsored a Christmas giveaway in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta - Center of Hope. Clothing and packets were provided to more than 30 Atlanta area youth.

RECOGNITIONS:

February 2012: On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL) recently selected the 100 most influential black attorneys in the United States. The Chestnut Firm is very pleased to announce that their founder, Christopher M. Chestnut, has been named to this exceptional group.

August 2010: Attorney Chestnut received the Best Advocate of the Year award, sponsored by the National Bar Association's first annual "40 Lawyers Under 40″ awards ceremony in New Orleans.

Forest View Park in Jacksonville, Fla., was renamed Christopher Moore Chestnut Park in October 2010.

Attorney Chestnut was recognized as an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association.

Attorney Chestnut was elected as General Counsel for the Florida Morticians Association.

Attorney Chestnut was the Keynote Speaker for Project Reach in Jacksonville, Fla., on June 4, 2009, at 9 a.m. Project Reach is a program aimed at rehabilitating youth who have had run-ins with law enforcement and directing those youth to a more productive path. Attorney Chestnut spoke on the great opportunities in America as well as the importance of setting goals and persistently pursuing those goals in spite of challenges.