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www.mcleod-lawgroup.com Office Dial: 843-277-6655 PRESS RELEASE November 16, 2015 Email: ellis@mcleod-lawgroup.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- For Morewww.mcleod-lawgroup.com Contact: Ellis Roberts CHARLESTON, SC / FLORENCE, SC / HORRY COUNTY, SC Press Release Issued by McLeod Law Group: Christopher Smith v. Half Moon Foods, Inc., d/b/a J&J Cafeteria, Ernest J. Edwards and Bobby Paul Edwards MCLEOD LAW GROUP AND DAVID AYLOR LAW OFFICES FILE 14 COUNT CIVIL LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT ON BEHALF OF CHRISTOPHER SMITH ALLEGING SLAVERY AMONG OTHER DISCRIMINATORY AND HATEFUL ACTS Today McLeod Law Group and David Aylor Law Offices filed suit on behalf of Christopher Smith, a mentally handicapped African American male. The federal lawsuit alleges Mr. Smith was physically and mentally abused for many years as an employee and tenant of J&J Cafeteria in Conway, SC. Fourteen causes of action were filed, among them, Slavery, Assault and Battery, False Imprisonment, violations of the Fair Labor and Wages Acts and numerous forms of Discrimination. Plaintiff was employed by J&J Cafeteria for twenty three years and during at least the last five was forced to work 18 hour shifts, six days a week with an 11 hour shift on Sundays. Plaintiff was not paid for his service nor allowed work breaks or time off and deprived of any ben efits. Instead, Defendants “maintained” a bank account for the Plaintiff to which he was never given access. Plaintiff was kept from his family and forced to live in sub-human conditions in a cockroach-infested apartment directly behind the Cafeteria which was owned by Defendants. The Complaint alleges the physical, emotional and mental abuse began in 2010 and continued until the day the Plaintiff was rescued by South Carolina Department of Social Services on October 10, 2014. Plaintiff was continually threatened with severe physical harm if he were to report any abuse to the authorities. Plaintiff was hit in the head with a frying pan, burned and beaten regularly with kitchen tools, belt- buckles and fists while subjected to being called the “N” word repeatedly. Plaintiff would be heard being beaten in the freezer, cold locker, back office and other parts of the restaurant screaming for his life. 3 Morris Street, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29403 Phone: 843.277.6655 • toll free: 855.277.6997 • fax: 843.277.6660 www.mcleod-lawgroup.com " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

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Office Dial: 843-277-6655

PRESS RELEASE

November 16, 2015

Email: ellis@mcleod-lawgroup.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- For More Information Visit:

Contact:

Ellis Roberts

CHARLESTON, SC / FLORENCE, SC / HORRY COUNTY, SC

Press Release Issued by McLeod Law Group: Christopher Smith v. Half Moon Foods, Inc., d/b/a J&J Cafeteria, Ernest J. Edwards and Bobby Paul Edwards

MCLEOD LAW GROUP AND DAVID AYLOR LAW OFFICES FILE 14 COUNT CIVIL LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT ON BEHALF OF CHRISTOPHER SMITH ALLEGING SLAVERY AMONG OTHER DISCRIMINATORY AND HATEFUL ACTS

Today McLeod Law Group and David Aylor Law Offices filed suit on behalf of Christopher Smith, a mentally handicapped African American male. The federal lawsuit alleges Mr. Smith was physically and mentally abused for many years as an employee and tenant of J&J Cafeteria in Conway, SC. Fourteen causes of action were filed, among them, Slavery, Assault and Battery, False Imprisonment, violations of the Fair Labor and Wages Acts and numerous forms of Discrimination. Plaintiff was employed by J&J Cafeteria for twenty three years and during at least the last five was forced to work 18 hour shifts, six days a week with an 11 hour shift on Sundays. Plaintiff was not paid for his service nor allowed work breaks or time off and deprived of any benefits. Instead, Defendants “maintained” a bank account for the Plaintiff to which he was never given access. Plaintiff was kept from his family and forced to live in sub-human conditions in a cockroach-infested apartment directly behind the Cafeteria which was owned by Defendants.

The Complaint alleges the physical, emotional and mental abuse began in 2010 and continued until the day the Plaintiff was rescued by South Carolina Department of Social Services on October 10, 2014. Plaintiff was continually threatened with severe physical harm if he were to report any abuse to the authorities. Plaintiff was hit in the head with a frying pan, burned and beaten regularly with kitchen tools, belt-buckles and fists while subjected to being called the “N” word repeatedly. Plaintiff would be heard being beaten in the freezer, cold locker, back office and other parts of the restaurant screaming for his life.

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www.mcleod-lawgroup.com McLeod Law Group, LLC Pg. 2 November 16, 2015 Attorney W. Mullins McLeod, Jr. whowww.mcleod-lawgroup.com , is filed in the Florence Division of South Carolina District Court and demands a jury trial against Bobby Edwards, the alleged abuser; Ernest Edwards, the owner of J&J Cafeteria; and Half Moon Foods, Inc. For additional information please visit: www.mcleod-lawgroup.com or call 843-277-6655. ### 3 Morris Street, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29403 Phone: 843.277.6655 • toll free: 855.277.6997 • fax: 843.277.6660 www.mcleod-lawgroup.com " id="pdf-obj-1-2" src="pdf-obj-1-2.jpg">

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Attorney W. Mullins McLeod, Jr. who represents Christopher Smith stated, “The family and I are grateful

DSS intervened and rescued Christopher. We are committed to securing justice for Christopher. Based upon the facts as we know them, the conduct in this case is as troubling as anything I have seen in almost

20 years of practicing law.”

On October 10, 2014, Conway Police Officers responded to Defendant Cafeteria in reference to a

Department of Social Services (“DSS”) escort. Police officers met with the complaining DSS representatives who stated they had received a concerned citizen’s report from the South Carolina Governor’s Office that a vulnerable adult was being abused at Defendant Cafeteria. At Defendant Cafeteria, DSS representatives confirmed the abuse and viewed scars on Plaintiff’s back inflicted by

Defendant Bobby Edwards. Plaintiff was rescued from Defendants at that time and placed in Adult

Protective Services with the Department of Social Services. Defendant Bobby Edwards was charged with Assault and Battery.

After the lawsuit was filed, attorney David Aylor, whose office first met with the Plaintiff stated, “We will fight for justice for Christopher and are sending a message that we will not sit idly by while one of our own is forced to endure such outrageous abuse. This lawsuit cannot change the past but hopefully it will bring about positive change in the future.

The Complaint, which will be available at www.mcleod-lawgroup.com, is filed in the Florence Division of South Carolina District Court and demands a jury trial against Bobby Edwards, the alleged abuser; Ernest Edwards, the owner of J&J Cafeteria; and Half Moon Foods, Inc.

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3 Morris Street, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29403 Phone: 843.277.6655 toll free: 855.277.6997 • fax: 843.277.6660 www.mcleod-lawgroup.com