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Lawyer in Kia case escapes sanction

| Thursday, March 18, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

A federal judge declined Wednesday to sanction a lawyer who Kia Motors claims tampered with a court exhibit during a product liability case.

Kendall Few of Greer, S.C., was one of the lawyers who represented a North Versailles man who claimed a defective seat-belt system on a 2000 Sportage contributed to injuries he suffered in a car crash.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ended the trial Jan. 19 with a ruling that Brown's lawyers failed to make a case.

Kia filed a motion for $24,000 in sanctions, claiming Few altered an exhibit while inspecting it on Jan. 14. McVerry ruled it was a "very close call," but there wasn't enough evidence to show Few deliberately altered the exhibit, and it was likely the trial would have carried over into the next week anyway, so defense witnesses would have had to stay in hotels over the weekend.

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