Governor Hochul Enacts Critical Safety Reforms for E-bikes and Scooters Amid Rising Lithium-Ion Battery Mishaps

Albany, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has signed a series of legislative measures aimed at regulating the use of devices powered by lithium-ion batteries, such as e-bikes, mopeds, and scocontinuingers. The new laws come in response to a sharp increase in the number of fires and accidents associated with these devices in New York City. During a press conference in Albany on Thursday, Hochul cited a particularly tragic incident that illuminated the dangers posed by malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries. In February, a fire triggered by such a battery resulted in the death of … Read more

Former Charleston Battery Owner Hit with $4.5 Million Judgment for 2018 Golf Cart Assault

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. — A Charleston County court has confirmed a $4.5 million judgment against former Charleston Battery owner, Eric Bernard Bowman, relating to two instances of vehicular assault in 2018. The lawsuit resolved with Bowman being held liable for significant compensatory and punitive damages. In a detailed evaluation, the jury awarded the plaintiff, Wallace Blair Crosby, $1.8 million in actual damages for the injuries sustained during the incident. Additionally, Bowman faces $2.7 million in punitive damages, a reflection of the jury’s perception of the severity of his actions and intended as a deterrent against … Read more

$4.66 Million Verdict Upheld Against Former Charleston Battery Owner for Assault with Golf Cart Over Bar Tab Dispute

Sullivan’s Island, SC – A South Carolina judge has confirmed a multi-million dollar jury decision against Eric Bowman, a tech entrepreneur and the former owner of the Charleston Battery soccer team, stemming from a 2018 altercation where he was accused of using a golf cart to assault Wallace “B.J.” Crosby. The verdict, issued in June, demands from Bowman over $4.66 million in damages. The incident occurred outside Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island when Crosby, whose fiancee was working as a bartender at the establishment, confronted Bowman about an unpaid $124 bar tab. According to court … Read more

Effingham County Commissioner Indicted for Sexual Battery Charges Against Minor: Disturbing Allegations Surround Longtime District 4 Representative

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GEORGIA – Effingham County Commissioner Reginald Loper is facing serious charges after being indicted by a grand jury on Monday. The charges include one count of sexual battery against a child under 18 and one count of sexual battery. Loper, aged 85, was arrested in May 2023 but has continued to serve as a county commissioner while out on bond. He has held the position for two decades, representing District 4. The news of Loper’s indictment has sent shockwaves through the community. Effingham County residents are now grappling with the allegations against one … Read more