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Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that the firm settled a whistleblower case

Butler Wooten & Peak 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… 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 Wooten & Peak 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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Appeals Court Affirms $40M Wrongful Death Judgment Against Chrysler

The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed Decatur County Superior Court Judge Chason’s rulings in Walden v. FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotives, formerly known as “Chrysler.”) reducing the verdict from $120 million to $40 million. The Walden v. Chrysler case was tried last year, in Bainbridge, GA, resulting in a verdict on April 2, 2015. Four ½ year old Remington (“Remi”) Walden died in flames after the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was a passenger was rear-ended and the gas tank, which was located at the extreme rear of the car, burst. The ruptured tank caused a gas-fed fire that Remington… read more

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

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. Butler has had an impact on the legal profession, both in and outside the courtroom, and has been a generous volunteer and donor to the law school, including establishing the James E. Butler Scholarship and helping to launch last year’s Challenge Fund (the successful… read more

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Significant catastrophic injury case settled for eleven million dollars

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to report that yesterday the firm settled a significant catastrophic injury case for eleven million dollars ($11,000,000.00) during the first day of trial in Gwinnett County State Court. The case involved a motor vehicle wreck in Ringgold, Georgia that resulted in our 33-year old client losing his right leg above the knee. Brandon Peak, Tedra Cannella, Ramsey Prather, and Rory Weeks of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP worked on the case with Gerald Davidson of Mahaffey Pickens & Tucker LLP in Lawrenceville, GA. Peak, lead counsel for the Plaintiff, had this to say… read more

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BWP Associates Chosen For Acclaimed LEAD Program

The attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP are leaders in the field and in their communities. Call 800-242-2962 for a free consultation.

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Brandon Peak Now President Of The Columbus Bar Association

Brandon Peak of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is the new President of the Columbus Bar Association in Georgia. Contact Brandon or another BWP lawyer at 800-242-2962.

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Blown-tire to Blame for Bus Crash on Interstate 74 near Rockingham, North Carolina

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, a bus carrying several college football players, coaches, and students from the Ramah Jucco Academy was involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 74 in North Carolina. The team, from Rock Hill, South Carolina, was headed to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a football game when the left side front tire suddenly blew out causing the bus to go out of control, striking a guardrail and concrete bridge column. Reports indicate there were at least four fatalities and more than forty others injured as a result of the wreck. Tire manufacturers are expected and should provide… read more

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