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Court Grants Historic $100 Million Judgment


On October 23, 2017 the Superior Court for the Eighteenth Judicial District of North Carolina sitting in Greensboro, North Carolina entered a historic judgment of $100 million dollars in favor of the Administrator of the Estate of Joyce Price Eaton as a result of Joyce Price Eaton’s wrongful death caused by Anthony Clay Campbell.

THE CLAIM
Our client, the Administrator of the Estate of Joyce Price Eaton, brought an action in the North Carolina General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, Eighteenth Judicial District seeking a declaration that Anthony Clay Campbell wrongfully caused the death of Joyce Price Eaton as well as an award of both compensatory and punitive damages. Joyce Price Eaton was brutally murdered by Anthony Clay Campbell in June of 2014. Campbell shot, beat, and slit the throat of Eaton and left her to die in a ditch on AT&T Drive in McLeansville, North Carolina. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department classified the murder as especially heinous and cruel and sought the death penalty. In late September of 2017, Campbell pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

HISTORIC JUDGMENT
In Guilford County Superior Court, Judge L. Todd Burke of Forsyth County ruled that as a result of the actions of Mr. Anthony Clay Campbell in the death of Joyce Price Eaton that the Administrator of the Estate of Joyce Price Eaton was entitled to judgment of $100 million consisting of $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. Judge Burke’s ruling comes on the heels of Special Superior Court Judge Richard L. Doughton’s declaration that Mr. Campbell wrongfully caused the death of Mrs. Eaton. The $100 million judgment that Attorney Adam W. Arthur and Attorney John W. Kirkman, Jr. of the law firm Kirkman Attorneys at Law secured on behalf of the Administrator of the Estate of Joyce Price Eaton is believed to be the largest monetary judgment in Guilford County and one of the largest monetary judgments in North Carolina.

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