A South Carolina legislation agency introduced Sunday {that a} settlement had been reached in a lawsuit alleging that Alex Murdaughembezzled thousands and thousands from the sons of his longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.  

After Satterfield died from an alleged fall whereas working in 2018, Murdaugh suggested her sons to begin a wrongful demise motion in opposition to himself and attempt to gather from an insurance coverage firm. To that finish, Murdaugh launched them to lawyer Cory Fleming, with out telling them they have been previous pals. Fleming allegedly helped safe settlements within the housekeeper’s demise behind the sons’ backs – which gave strategy to the brand new lawsuit settled over the weekend.

The settlement was reached Friday with Fleming, his legislation agency – Moss, Kuhn and Fleming – and their insurance coverage service “in connection with the pending lawsuit,” the legislation agency of Bland Richter, LLP, which is representing the property of Satterfield, stated in a press release launched Sunday. 

Satterfield, a 57-year-old housekeeper and nanny who labored for the Murdaugh household for 20 years, died on the hospital on Feb. 26, 2018 – weeks after sustaining a head damage, after Alex Murdaugh claimed she had tripped and fallen over his canine and down the steps whereas working at his household’s dwelling in Colleton County. She by no means regained consciousness earlier than her demise.


“Mr. Fleming and his firm agreed that the Estate will be paid back all legal fees and expenses Mr. Fleming and his law firm received from the $4,300,000 they recovered for the Estate in connection with the claims asserted against Alex Murdaugh for the death of Gloria Satterfield,” the assertion says. 

“In addition, their malpractice insurance carrier agreed to pay to the Estate their full policy limits of insurance,” it provides. The assertion doesn’t make clear how a lot of the $4.3 million might be paid to Satterfield’s two sons, Michael Anthony Satterfield and Brian Harriott. 

“Mr. Fleming stepped forward and did the right thing by the Estate,” attorneys Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, who signify Satterfield’s property, added of their assertion Sunday. “Mr. Fleming and his law firm maintain, they—like others—were victims of Alex Murdaugh’s fraudulent scheme. A more comprehensive joint statement from Mr. Fleming, his firm, and the Satterfield Estate will be issued later this week.” 

This comes after a brand new movement filed on behalf of Satterfield’s sons final week had requested a Hampton County choose to order the arrest or detention of Alex Murdaugh till he returned the thousands and thousands allegedly embezzled following the housekeeper’s demise.

Gloria Satterfield worked as a housekeeper and a nanny at the Murdaugh home. Alex Murdaugh was released last month following separate charges related to an alleged botched plot of his own death so his son, Buster, could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. A judge allowed him to return to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility to treat a supposed opioid addiction. 

Gloria Satterfield labored as a housekeeper and a nanny on the Murdaugh dwelling. Alex Murdaugh was launched final month following separate fees associated to an alleged botched plot of his personal demise so his son, Buster, may gather a $10 million life insurance coverage coverage. A choose allowed him to return to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility to deal with a supposed opioid dependancy. 
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Fleming later satisfied Michael Satterfield to signal over his proper to signify his mom’s property to the vp of Palmetto State Bank, Chad Westendorf, arguing Westendorf was higher suited to deal with any “business issues” that ought to come up, the submitting had alleged. After that, Gloria Satterfield’s sons by no means have been knowledgeable of any settlement discussions, not to mention a settlement being reached.

Court paperwork present that Lloyds, London Underwriters initially agreed to a $505,000 settlement. Other insurers, Brit Syndicates Ltd. and Nautilus Insurance Company, agreed to pay $4.3 million in trade for the ultimate launch of legal responsibility protection. Subtracting authorized charges and different prices, Satterfield’s sons have been entitled to $2.8 million, in accordance with an order signed off on by 14th Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen on May 13, 2019. 

But that order was subsequently by no means filed within the courtroom system, and neither son had seen a dime of the settlement cash, the submitting stated. 

Fleming and his legislation agency have been represented by lawyer Thomas Pendarvis from the Pendarvis Law Offices, P.C. in Beaufort, S.C. and lawyer David Overstreet of Earhart Overstreet in Charleston, S.C. The property of Gloria Satterfield “will continue pursuing other culpable parties who resist acceptance of responsibility for their part in this tragic matter,” Bland and Richter added Sunday. 

South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) additionally opened an investigation on Sept. 15 into the demise of Gloria Satterfield and the dealing with of her property. Hampton County Coroner Angie Topper had requested SLED Chief Mark Keel to open an investigation as a result of Satterfield’s demise certificates dominated the style of demise as “natural,” which is inconsistent with accidents sustained in a trip-and-fall accident. The demise was additionally not reported to the coroner at the moment and an post-mortem was by no means carried out.

Fleming was named in a separate lawsuit filed final month on behalf of Connor Cook, one of many passengers injured within the February 2019 boat crash that additionally killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. A drunken and underage Paul Murdaugh allegedly steered the boat right into a bridge in Beaufort County, however the lawsuit claims that Alex Murdaugh began a “whisper campaign” to unfold the false rumor that Connor, and never his son, Paul, was driving. 

Cook additionally claims Alex Murdaugh sought him out on the hospital after the crash to inform him to “keep his mouth shut” and later launched Cook to Fleming, who as his lawyer, directed the teenager to not speak to legislation enforcement investigating the accident. 

Boating below the affect fees have been dropped in opposition to Paul Murdaugh after his demise in June when he and his mom, Maggie Murdaugh, have been discovered shot on the household’s property in Colleton County. No arrests have been made in connection to their double homicide.