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Father Who Lost His Teenage Son in Car Accident Protests Court Ruling in a BIG Way

Posted by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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MARION, Ill. (TheBlaze/AP) — In protest of a court ruling, a southern Illinois businessman has paid off part of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. In total, the coins were worth $150,000.

And he isn’t sorry. In fact, he said he wishes he could’ve made the payment in pennies.

Illinois Man Repays $500,000 in Insurance Money With 4 Tons of Quarters

In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013 photo, workers unload bags full of quarters from a Brinks Security truck to a trailer in Marion, Ill. The coins were being delivered to two local law firms by Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, Ill., who was paying off a portion of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. The settlement was related to a 2001 car accident in which his teenage son died. Credit: AP

Illinois Man Repays $500,000 in Insurance Money With 4 Tons of Quarters

In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013 photo, bags of quarters are shown in Marion, Ill., before delivery to two local law firms on behalf of Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, Ill., who was paying off a portion of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. Credit: AP

Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, was ordered by an appellate court to repay $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 car accident in which his teenage son died.

The reimbursement followed years of legal disputes about how the insurance money was apportioned to the crash victims.

Because his son was the only one of the four passengers in the car who died, Herrin received most of the $800,000 settlement from the car’s insurance. He was also reportedly awarded $1.65 million in other insurance payments due to his son’s death.

“They can have all the money in the world, and I’d take my son back,” Herrin told WSIL. “To support, my deceased son and ex-wife, I have to fight it to the very end, and this is the final end.”

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So as one final act of defiance, Herrin repaid nearly a third of the money – $150,000 – with 50-pound bags of quarters he had trucked in by the Federal Reserve bank in St. Louis. The coins were delivered Wednesday to a Marion law firm.

The attorneys representing the other families were not amused. Herrin, on the other hand, showed no remorse.

“I really wanted to do it in pennies,” he told NBC News.

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meriana
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Anyone know the rest of this story? What was the dispute that landed in Court and who brought it to Court and why?
shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Whatever. Not sure how this made any great statement.
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candlegal
by Judy on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Here you go


In protest, man repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

ST. LOUIS — An Illinois businessman outraged by a court order that he return more than $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son wanted to pay the money back in pennies in protest. But he soon recognized that was unfeasible.

So, Roger Herrin settled on quarters — four tons of them.

Packed in 150 transparent sacks each weighing about 50 pounds, the $150,000 in coins were nearly one-third of the money an appellate court required Herrin to pay back to resolve years-long legal feuding among the crash's survivors over how $800,000 in insurance proceeds were apportioned.

Obtained from the Federal Reserve in St. Louis, the backbreaking load of quarters were brought in Wednesday by an armored vehicle and delivered on a flatbed truck to two law firms that represented other victims of the wreck.

"There was no satisfaction from doing that," Herrin, who also serves on the Southern Illinois University system's governing board, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "The loss of a child is the loss of a child, and all the money doesn't replace that"I just wanted to draw attention to what went on here," the 76-year-old man added before mustering a laugh. "I really wanted to do it in pennies.It ended the legal wrangling that's happened since Herrin's 15-year-old son, Michael, was killed in June 2001. He was a passenger in a Jeep Cherokee that was broadsided by a truck that blew through a stop sign near Raleigh in southern Illinois' Saline County. Three other occupants of the Jeep were injured.Roger Herrin got $1.6 million compensation through his own coverage. Of an additional $800,000 paid out through other insurance, the Herrin estate got the bulk of it because of Michael Herrin's death, with the remainder of that money distributed to survivors.Those survivors appealed and won when the Mount Vernon, Ill.-based 5th District Appellate Court ruled against Roger Herrin, a retired foot surgeon whose business holdings include three southern Illinois nursing homes. Herrin has owned seven community banks, but he's sold those off in recent years.

Herrin complied in paying back the money, but "obviously in protest" with the plastic-sacked quarters he called "heavy as hell."

"I've had 10 years to think about this a little bit, and I'm very, very bitter at this ruling," he said. "It's wrong, and everybody knows it's wrong."

Mark Prince, an attorney for the Jeep's driver and her son, who was also a passenger, declined to discuss the case's merits Thursday, calling that "counterproductive" and a potential violation of a confidentiality agreement.

While saying Herrin's choice of repayment method was his prerogative, Prince said he did find the unannounced delivery "surprising" — and a burglary risk for his law firm in Marion, Ill., given the media attention instantly foisted onto the thousands of dollars in coins.

"We've been on pins and needles because we had a lot of cash suddenly laying around [and] it was publicized," Prince said. "We don't have safes or vaults, and we lock our front door. Advance notice would have been nice, because we could have made arrangements to have it delivered to the bank."

Douglas Dorris, an attorney for the Jeep's fourth occupant, agreed.

"I am not going to criticize a man who lost his son, who is obviously upset with the decisions of the court," he said. "But I believe the decisions of the appellate court follow the law correctly."

Quoting meriana:

Anyone know the rest of this story? What was the dispute that landed in Court and who brought it to Court and why?


meriana
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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Thanks Candle.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

He could not have done this in Canada: the federal law governing the acceptance of currency declares that no one, under any circumstances, is required to accept more than 26 of any denomination of currency.

Strangely, that includes $100s, in spite of it being the largest Canadian note.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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My former FIL tried to pay his child support in pennies.  My former MIL took him to court and he was instructed never to do that again.  lol

I don't know if this man thinks doing this will make him some how feel better but hey......................what ever.

candlegal
by Judy on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I guess it is a funny story unless we are the one at the receiving end  :)

Quoting FromAtoZ:

My former FIL tried to pay his child support in pennies.  My former MIL took him to court and he was instructed never to do that again.  lol

I don't know if this man thinks doing this will make him some how feel better but hey......................what ever.


gsprofval
by Silver Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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I love the way this guy thinks and repays what he owes. 

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Why would his son's estate be more entitled than those who were injured?  Sounds like a greedy ole' fart.

 Three other occupants of the Jeep were injured.Roger Herrin got $1.6 million compensation through his own coverage. Of an additional $800,000 paid out through other insurance, the Herrin estate got the bulk of it because of Michael Herrin's death, with the remainder of that money distributed to survivors.Those survivors appealed and won when the Mount Vernon, Ill.-based 5th District Appellate Court ruled against Roger Herrin..."

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

 I guess if it makes him feel better... It seems like a waste of time and energy to me, though...

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