Cockrill v. Baptist Health et al
ORDER OF DISTRIBUTION of Proceeds. The settlement of $950,000 received by the Estate of Betty J. Whatley should be distributed as set forth in this Order. The Clerk should make the checks payable to each individual party and mail the checks to the law offices of Thomas & Hickey, L.L.P., 423 North Washington Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730. Mr. Thomas is ordered to make certain the checks are forwarded to each party. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 4/4/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JANICE COCKRILL, Successor Special Administrator of
the ESTATE of BETTY J. WHATLEY, Deceased
BAPTIST HEALTH d/b/a BAPTIST HEALTH MEDICAL CENTERS;
ABDALLA TAHIRI; PATRICIA VICKERS and JOHN DOE 1-10
ORDER SETTING DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS
In accordance with the Order entered approving settlement, I find that the settlement of
$950,0001 received by the Estate of Betty J. Whatley should be distributed as follows2:
Centers for Medicaid Services:
Floyd M. Thomas, Jr.
William Max Whatley
Plaintiff settled with Defendant Dr. Tahiri for $850,000 and with Defendant Baptist
Health for $100,000.
Under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102(g):
The judge of the court in which the claim or cause of action for wrongful
death is  submitted for approval of a compromise settlement, by judgment
or order and upon the evidence presented  in connection with any
submission for approval of a compromise settlement, [must] fix the share of
each beneficiary, and distribution [must] be made accordingly.
Under Ark. Code Ann§ 16-62-102(d)(1). The beneficiaries of the action are: “the surviving
spouse, children, father, mother, brothers, and sisters of the deceased person.”
The Clerk of the Court should make the checks payable to each individual party. Any
interest that has accrued should be distributed evenly by the Clerk of the Court amongst Janice
Cockrill, Cathy Moulder, William Max Whatley, Randy Whatley, Jackie Buvens, and Jerry
Buvens. The Clerk should mail the checks to the law offices of Thomas & Hickey, L.L.P., 423
North Washington Avenue, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730, and Mr. Thomas is ordered to make
certain the checks are forwarded to each party.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 4th day of April, 2012.
/s/ Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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