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Common Washington DC Car Crash Injuries

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Date30 Nov 2020
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A car collision can cause significant injuries to virtually any part of the human body. The following are some of the most common Washington DC car crash injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) Car accidents are a formidable cause of TBI, an injury where brain damage occurs from a piercing injury or blow to the head. Spinal cord injuries and paralysis  A crash’s impact and torque on the body can cause long-term disability from damage or harm to the spinal cord. The effect on the spinal cord can be partial or total paralysis. Back Injuries The...
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Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?

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Date30 Nov 2020
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Many accidents leave their victims with both physical and psychological injuries. Accidents caused by another person’s negligence can be upsetting, to say the least. It leaves victims with so many questions. If this is your experience, you might be wondering who will pay your hospital bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. The negligent or “at fault” person or their insurance agency is required to compensate the victim for injury, damages, or harm. Sadly, the person at fault may not take responsibility for his or her mistakes. Plus, the individual’s insurance company may also not be willing to pay the...
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How long do I have to file a lawsuit in a case of a birth injury?

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Date30 Nov 2020
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Welcoming a new child into the world should be one of the happiest times of your life — and many times, the event goes off without a hitch. However, sometimes complications arise during delivery. Sadly, complications during childbirth could leave your child harmed, disabled, or injured.  Birth injuries are wide-ranging and can be mild to severe in nature. Severe injuries can often be devastating and lead to a lifetime of pain and disability, requiring special care and significant medical expense. In some circumstances, birth injuries result from a doctor, healthcare provider, or a medical facility’s negligence. When this occurs, you...
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How do you know if you have a case for medical malpractice?

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Date30 Nov 2020
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If you were injured due to negligent medical care, you might be entitled to hold the at-fault medical professional or health care entity liable for medical negligence. However, specific factors must be present to hold these negligent parties liable for medical malpractice. If you want to know if they apply to your situation, it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to discuss your issue and determine if you have a valid claim that entitles you to compensation. Your medical negligence lawyer will look for several elements when reviewing your claim, including: An Established...
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Bankrupt Boy Scouts Face New Lawsuits

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Date20 May 2020
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In an effort to pressure councils nationwide to pay a big share of an eventual settlement in the Scouts’ bankruptcy proceedings, nine new sex abuse lawsuits were filed against three local Boy Scout councils on Tuesday in New York. The lawsuits were filed soon after coronavirus lockdown rules were eased in some parts of New York and courts in these jurisdictions were allowed to resume their handling of civil claims. Mike Pfau, whose Seattle-based law firm is involved in coordinating the filing of these lawsuits, says that he anticipates filing many more claims in other parts of New York, as...
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Churches Sue Governor

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Date08 May 2020
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Churches in Oregon are suing Governor Kate Brown, alleging that her coronavirus stay-at-home orders that prohibit “non-essential social and recreational gatherings” encompasses church services and are unconstitutional. The lawsuit is being led by Common Sense for Oregon, a nonprofit led by former Reupblican candidate for governor, Kevin Mannix. It includes ten churches, and over a dozen religious leaders and congregants from all over the state of Oregon. Arguing for the plaintiffs in the case is the Pacific Justice Institute. The lawsuit “seeks to invalidate” three of Governor Brown’s orders, starting with her initial emergency declaration that was signed on March...
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Federal Court Denies Epstein Victim’s Appeal

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Date17 Apr 2020
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A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of an alleged underage sexual abuse victim of deceased Jeffrey Epstein’s to revive a lawsuit that claims Florida federal prosecutors failed to consult victims when they reached a secret plea deal with Epstein over a decade ago. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the alleged victim’s appeal had to be rejected because no federal charges were filed in Florida against the wealthy financier. Epstein was previously charged of similar crimes in a federal court in New York and died soon after of an apparent suicide...
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Kansas Coronavirus Case Goes to the Supreme Court

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Date10 Apr 2020
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Arguments in Governor Laura Kelly’s lawsuit against legislative leaders who overturned her executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic are set to be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court on Saturday. When a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned the Democratic governor, she said that the, “last thing” she wants to do is to get involved in a legal dispute amongst the many challenges of this pandemic but the legislative panel’s ruling, gave her filing a lawsuit as her only option with how to move forward to protect the health of the people...
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Coronavirus Restrictions Divide Religious Advocates

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Date09 Apr 2020
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A divide was marked on March 30 between religious liberty groups when a conservative religious liberty group jumped to the legal defense of an evangelical Christian pastor who was arrested in Florida for ignoring a stay-at-home order. In contrast to this pastor’s behavior and the support he is getting, many of the major religious liberty groups are preaching for caution and to not go to court while the globe is in the midst of a pandemic. Liberty Counsel is representing Rodney Howard-Browne who is the co-founder of The River at Tampa Bay Church. He has been accused of presiding over...
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Texas Allowed to Ban Abortions During Pandemic

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Date08 Apr 2020
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On Tuesday, a U.S. appeals court ruled in favor of allowing Texas to be able enforce limits on the ability for women to obtain abortions because Texas deems them as non-urgent, non-essential medical procedures. In light of the coronavirus’s rapid spread throughout the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations that inpatient facilities reschedule elective surgeries as necessary and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) issued recommendations to minimize, postpone or cancel electively scheduled surgeries and invasive procedures. The three-judge panel from the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a federal judge’s...
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3rd Political Parties Sue for Covid Discrimination

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Date08 Apr 2020
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Illinois chapters of 3rd political parties, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party of the United States, have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order has interfered with the petition process necessary for their candidates to get on the November ballot. The lawsuit that was filed in Chicago last week alleges that the governor’s order that includes social distancing and for families and households to shelter-in-place, have made it near “impossible” to collect signatures because the signatures need to be handwritten. As of yet, the state does not have a way to collect electronic...
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Zookeeper, Joe “Exotic” Files $94 Million Lawsuit

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Date06 Apr 2020
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Joe Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic” has filed a federal lawsuit for $94 million in damages for his 22-year prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and for animal abuse. The lawsuit names multiple defendants such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the interior, the assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted him, and witnesses who testified against him in the case. In 2019, Maldonado-Passage was convicted on two counts of murder for hire for a plot to kill Carole Baskin, the CEO of the non-profit animal sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue, as well as...
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Illinois Coronavirus Lawsuit Seeks Release of Inmates

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Date03 Apr 2020
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A federal lawsuit filed in Chicago on Thursday is calling for state officials to “drastically reduce Illinois’s prison population” in order to give hundreds of inmates that are particularly susceptible to contracting the coronavirus and more likely to die from it, a chance to survive this pandemic. While the lawsuit seeks a class-action status to represent prisoners with underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to catching and dying from the disease, as well as older prisoners who are also more vulnerable and have drastically decreased survival rates of the coronavirus, the lawsuit that was filed in the U.S....
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Zoom Sued for Selling User Data to Facebook

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Date02 Apr 2020
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The popular video conferencing platform, Zoom is being sued in California for allegedly giving users’ personal data to outside companies including Facebook, without fully disclosing to its customers that they were doing this. The scrutiny is not just in California, in light of Zoom’s increased popularity for work, school and socializing while people have sheltered in place and been quarantined, New York’s Attorney General is investigating the teleconferencing company’s security practices during this new era of the stay-at-home movement that the coronavirus pandemic has created. In the California lawsuit filed on March 30, it is alleged that Zoom’s software reported to...
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Los Angeles County Sued for Closing Gun Shops

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Date31 Mar 2020
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Several gun owner groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Gov. Gavin Newsmon and state and county health officials in an effort to block the closure of gun shops during the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Sheriff Alex Villaneuva closed gun stores in L.A. County on Thursday to everyone except police and licensed security company employees. According to the lawsuit, the closure is a clear violation of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. “California’s attack on fundamental rights in times of emergency must be stopped in...
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University of Michigan Facing Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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Date30 Mar 2020
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A former football player at the University of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that current athletic director Paul Schmidt did nothing to stop the sexual abuse he endured from the late Dr. Robert Anderson. According to the lawsuit, the former football player told Schmidt that he was sexually abused during his first physical examination by Dr. Anderson in the 1980s. Schmidt allegedly told him to “get used to that.” The suit claims Anderson sexually abused the former football player by groping and fondling his penis and testicles for long periods of time. The abuse continued during...
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Texas Sued to Challenge Coronavirus Restrictions

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Date27 Mar 2020
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Several abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, have filed a lawsuit against Texas for banning abortions during the coronavirus outbreak. The order, signed by Gov. Greg Abott, requested for healthcare providers to postpone surgeries and procedures that aren’t immediately medically necessary. This restriction was created to free up personal protective equipment, like N95 respirators, for medical staff helping COVID-19 patients. On Monday, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s posted a warning that Abott’s order meant that any type of abortion would be banned except those necessary to save a woman’s life. Anyone who violated the order, he wrote, “will be met with the...
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Parents Sue Elite Manhattan Private School

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Date25 Mar 2020
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The parents of students enrolled at St. Bernard’s School in Manhattan have filed a lawsuit against the all boys private institution in an effort to get fthe former headmaster, Stuart Johnson III, back. Johnson, who has been ahead of the grammar school since 1985, was removed by the school’s Board of Trustees “without cause or explanation.” The lawsuit alleges that the executive committee forced Johnson to resign in May. If he didn’t, they threatened to terminate him, so he wouldn’t get a negotiated severance package. When Johnson agreed to step down, the committee ordered him to announce his own departure,...
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Physicians Accuse Yale Doctor of Sexual Misconduct

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Date24 Mar 2020
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Six female physicians who work in the Yale Department of Anesthesiology have filed a lawsuit against Dr. Manuel Fontes for alleged sexual harassment. The plaintiffs claim that Fontes, an anesthesiologist and a professor at Yale’s School of Medicine, subjected them to repeated incidents of forced and unwanted kissing, groping and retaliation for rejecting these unwanted actions. The plaintiffs also alleged that Fontes made inappropriate comments about their bodies and would retaliate against them for not putting up with his behavior, including making false claims to superiors about their job performance being poor. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs submitted complaints...
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Washington State DOC Sued for Coronavirus

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Date24 Mar 2020
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Five inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), arguing that they’re not doing their part in stopping their spread of coronavirus. The inmates said that the Department of Corrections should be required to tell the court what safety measures it’s taking in response to the pandemic. “Due to the conditions under which inmates are held at prisons in Washington State, it is anticipated that an outbreak of COVID-19 will soon be seen, or may currently be underway, at one or more Washington State prisons,” the lawsuit says. “Cleaning at jails statewide has been woefully...
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Lawsuit Against N.H.’s Ban on Gatherings Dismissed

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Date23 Mar 2020
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On Friday, Judge John Kissinger dismissed a lawsuit to stop New Hampshire’s ban on gathering of 50 or more to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in Merrimack Superior Court and argued that Gov. Christopher Sununu doesn’t have the authority to issue the ban and there is no emergency that allows such an order. “When ZERO people have died, and only 17 people have been diagnosed, there is no emergency, as a matter of law,” the lawsuit contends. Sununu declared a state of emergency last week. The plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit are...
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Lawsuit to Force FL Beaches to Close for Corornavirus

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Date23 Mar 2020
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Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis to close all beaches in Florida to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The lawsuit wants the court to force DeSantis to close all the beaches in the state. On Friday, DeSantis closed beaches in Broward and Palm Beach County and suggested for residents to practice social distancing if going to the state’s other beaches. DeSantis also has a message for college students who recently went to Florida’s beaches for spring break. “The message I think for spring breakers is that the party is over in Florida,” DeSantis...
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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit for Student’s Suicide

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Date20 Mar 2020
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U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III dismissed a lawsuit that was filed over the suicide of a former Milton Hersey School student. Abrielle Bartels hanged herself in 2013, when she was 14. She was dismissed shortly before this from her school after repeated counseling and voluntary hospitalizations for mental health issues. School officials told her family that they could no longer provide adequate care for her emotional issues. The girl’s family filed a lawsuit against Milton Hershey School in 2016, claiming that dismissing her was a factor in her suicide. The school, in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a 2,100-student,...
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Couple Settles Lawsuit Over Daughter’s Death in Jail

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Date19 Mar 2020
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The parents of Lise Marie Ostler, who died in jail in 2016, have settled their lawsuit against Salt Lake County for $950,000. Ostler was arrested in Draper when police approached her in a parking lot and found several syringes she allegedly used to inject heroin and meth. When Ostler was in jail, staff members believed she was suffering withdrawal from opiates. However, she suffered from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause extreme pain and digestive issues. Ostler died at a hospital on April 3, 2016. A medical examiner determined that she died of peritonitis, an inflammation in...
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Former Special Ed. Teacher Sues for Discrimination

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Date19 Mar 2020
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Cora Haynes, who was employed at Evergreen School District’s 49th Street Academy in Vancouver, has filed a lawsuit against the district, alleging she was subjected to racial discrimination. According to the lawsuit, Haynes “experienced race-based workplace hostility and discriminatory treatment from white staff and administration that grew in frequency and severity over her three years at 49th Street until her unlawful termination.” Ms Haynes was employed at the school in 2016 to 2019. The suit claims that Haynes was treated “differently than her non-Black coworkers, creating and maintaining a hostile work environment, retaliating against her for complaining about and opposing...
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Coronavirus Lawsuit for ICE Detainees

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Date18 Mar 2020
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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project have filed a lawsuit to force ICE officials to release elderly and sick immigrant detainees from a detention center in Seattle to protect them from the spread of coronavirus. The nine plaintiffs in the lawsuit suffer from chronic health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. The CDC states that the eldery and those living with chronic medical conditions are at an increased risk of severe illness if infected by the coronavirus. “It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” Eunice Cho, an ACLU attorney who specializes in detention matters, said. “Immigration...
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Inmate’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Date18 Mar 2020
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The family members of a 30-year-old woman who died in police custody of a treatable heart infection have filed a lawsuit against the city of Springfield and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Madelyn Linsenmeir of Vermont was an intravenous drug addict and was arrested in Massachusetts in Sept. 2018 on a probation-related arrest warrant. Video footage shows Linsenmeir asking for water and telling police officers that she felt chest pain and might need to go to the hospital. The lawsuit alleges that officers didn’t listen to her requests and told her that it was her own fault for using drugs....
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Lawsuit for Restricting Native Americans’ Voting Rights

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Date17 Mar 2020
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and Native American Rights Fund have filed a lawsuit to challenge Montana’s new Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA), which they claim makes it more difficult for Native Americans to cast ballots. Many Native American reservations in Montana are geographically isolated and lack postal service. Therefore, Native Americans depend on voting organizations to collect and transport ballots to election offices that would otherwise be inaccessible. BIPA has set new restrictions on who can collect ballots and how many ballots can be collected. This reduces what used to be 80 ballots to only six. The...
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Gay Corrections Officers Sue for Discrimination

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Date17 Mar 2020
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Two gay female corrections officers who are partners have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections. Michelle Wood, who retired in October after 25 years of service, claims she began complaining about her treatment in 2008, which resulted in retaliatory investigations into alleged violations of work rules. Wood’s partner, Sgt. Loretta Smith still works at the correctional facility and says she still endures harassment and discrimination. She says she’s also being retaliated against due to Wood’s repeated complaints. Smith used to work at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility near Ypsilanti. Smith and Wood said things got worse...
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Student Sues for Being Groomed for Sex

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Date16 Mar 2020
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A former student has filed a lawsuit against the Lone Jack School District, claiming they didn’t do anything to stop a former superintendent’s sexual misconduct. The former student, identified as S.L., alleges that former Lone Jack School District Superintendent Matthew Tarwater is a sexual predator who groomed female students for sex, including herself. The lawsuit claims that S.L. and Tarwater had sexual contact in 2018, but the sex wasn’t consensual “because (the plaintiff) had been subjected to years of predatory sexual grooming.” The suit says that plaintiff suffers from several clinically diagnosed ailments, including depression and anxiety. “Our client is...
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Los Angeles Sued to Provide Beds for Homeless

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Date13 Mar 2020
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The LA Alliance for Human Rights has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to force Los Angeles officials to provide thousands of shelter beds for the homeless. The lawsuit accuses Los Angeles officials of failing to address the homelessness crisis. It asks a judge to set a “legally enforceable mandate” to create homeless services and beds for anyone who needs one on any given night. The suit claims that residents have to deal with public health risks, blocked sidewalks, untreated mental illness and addiction, environmental hazards and increased crime on a daily basis. “It is difficult for the housed...
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Couple Sues Cruise Ship for Coronavirus Negilgence

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Date13 Mar 2020
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Ronald and Eva Weissberger of Broward County have filed a $1 million lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines for allowing them to be exposed to coronavirus on the Grand Princess cruise ship. The couple boarded the ship on February 21 and weren’t examined or screened before they got on, despite the fact that the ship has previously had two people on board with the virus. They also weren’t given a warning about the risk of exposure before they got on the ship. “Not one passenger was questioned, let alone examined in any capacity,” the lawsuit claims. The Weissbergers also said the...
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Drug Counselor Sues for Getting Fired for CBD Use

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Date11 Mar 2020
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San Antonio drug counselor Melanie Farr has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Management & Training Corp., for not allowing her to use CBD oil to treat her multiple sclerosis symptoms. Farr placed drops of CBD oil under her tongue to improve her multiple sclerosis symptoms. It alleviated her pain, reduced her blood pressure and improved her gait. Unfortunately, it also got her fired when she failed a drug test. On Feb. 14, 2019, Farr was instructed to take a random drug test at work. She told the lab technician administering the test that she took CBD oil on...
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Olive Garden Sued for Condoning Discrimination

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Date11 Mar 2020
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An Olive Garden employee who made national headlines last week when a customer requested a white server has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant. The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred on Feb. 29. Amira Donahue, 16, was working her shift as a host at Olive Garden in Evansville. After she sat a customer at a table, the customer requested a white server instead of the server already assigned to the table. Both Donahue and the server are black. The manager granted the customer’s request and was later separated from the company. “We have zero tolerance for discrimination...
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Panda Express Sues Arizona Restaurant for Imitation

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Date10 Mar 2020
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Panda Restaurant Group has filed a lawsuit against Gilbert, Arizona restaurant, Panda Libre, claiming the dining establishment is trying to make the public believe that it’s affiliated with Panda Restaurant Group. Panda Libre is a locally owned, fast-casual restaurant serving Mexican and Asian fusion food, like burritos and tacos filled with orange chicken, sweet and tangy shrimp and bulgogi beef and teriyaki chicken. Paul Fan, the owner of Panda Libre, said he chose the name because of the word’s association with Asian and Mexican cultures. He opened the restaurant in early 2019 and registered the “Panda Libre” mark on May...
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Lawsuit Against School District for Rape on Bus

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Date10 Mar 2020
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The family members of a 14-year-old girl with developmental disabilities who was allegedly raped on a school bus have filed a lawsuit against the Fulton County School District in Georgia whose bus they say this happened. The lawsuit says the girl has “a sweet and innocent young child-like nature due to her cognitive and communicative deficiencies.” “She has and continues to have neurodevelopmental disabilities that impede and limit her physical and mental capabilities. Doe functions at a cognitive and communicative level far below her actual age.” According to the lawsuit, the sexual abuse began on April 4, 2019 when a...
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Former Police Secretary Sues for Sexual Harassment

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Date09 Mar 2020
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Justine Eisemann, a former secretary for a Belleville Police Department captain, has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming she was sexually harassed by Captain John Moody and that leaders didn’t do anything to stop it. Eismann’s attorney, MaryAnne Quill, said that Eismann endured a hostile workplace and nothing was done about it. According to the lawsuit, Moody once served as a captain over the operations division. “Defendant Moody subjected Plaintiff to vulgar, humiliating, severe and pervasive harassment based upon her gender throughout her employment. His actions created a hostile working environment for Plaintiff,” the lawsuit alleges. “Defendant Moody sexually...
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Family of Former SMU Football Player Sue the NCAA

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Date06 Mar 2020
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The family members of John Thomas Davis, who was a lineman at Southern Methodist University from 1955-59, has filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, accusing the organization of not protecting him from the long-term effects of concussions. Davis was posthumously diagnosed with Stage IV Traumatic Encephalopathy and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001. “The NCAA failed to initiate policies or rules necessary to protect John Thomas Davis in the face of long-standing and overwhelming evidence regarding the need to do so,” the lawsuit states. “We believe since the early 1900s the NCAA had sufficient information about the...
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U of Michigan Sued for Sexually Abusive Doctor

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Date05 Mar 2020
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A former wrestler at the University of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the educational institution, alleging he was sexually abused by late athletic doctor, Robert Anderson. Attorney Mike Cox said he has filed the first of 11 planned federal lawsuits against the University of Michigan. “My 20 or so clients, who are all ‘Michigan men’ and bleed maize and blue, found out two weeks ago that weird acts by Dr. Anderson were in fact motivated by his deviant sexual desires, No. 1,” Cox said. “No. 2, that the University of Michigan foisted this sexual predator.” Most of the former...
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Apple Settles iPhone Slowdowns Lawsuit

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Date05 Mar 2020
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Apple will pay up to $500 million to settle a lawsuit that claims the company purposely slowed down certain iPhones to persuade customers to buy new ones. The settlement orders Apple to pay a minimum of $310 million and a maximum of $500 million. The money will go toward payments to former and current U.S. owners of Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE devices running iOS 10.2.1 (or later) and iOS 11.2 (or later). “For a release of their claims, Settlement Class Members will receive $25.00 for each iPhone owned, the amount of...
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ICE Sued for Illegally Detaining Immigrants

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Date04 Mar 2020
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The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and Bronx Defenders have filed a class-action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleging they have jailed immigrants while they await their immigration hearings. “ICE has secretly decided to detain thousands of New Yorkers unlawfully, inflicting enormous and entirely unnecessary harms,” said Amy Belsher, a staff attorney at the NYCLU. When a person is arrested on a civil immigration offense, the law requires ICE officers to decide if they should be detained while waiting to see a judge. “The federal government’s sweeping detention dragnet means that people who pose no flight or safety...
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Sexual Predator Lawsuit Against Holland P.S.

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Date03 Mar 2020
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Five former students have filed a federal lawsuit against Holland Public Schools in Michigan, alleging school officials failed to protect them from a sexual predator. According to the lawsuit, five years before Jonathon King Meyer was arrested for sexually abusing male students, a student who heard about the abuse informed school officials and the officials ignored the complaint. Meyer, who was a youth group leader at Christ Memorial Church in Holland and a leader at Young Life, denied the student’s allegations. Meyer returned to his job as a lunchroom supervisor at Holland’s West Middle School. The suit claims that there...
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Inmates Sue Mississippi State Penitentiary

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Date27 Feb 2020
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A hundred and fifty inmates have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, alleging they have been denied adequate healthcare and have been fed contaminated food. The class-action lawsuit, funded by rapper Yo Gotti and Jay-Z’s Team Roc, was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi. “The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm...
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High School Sued for Barring Pro-Gun T-shirts

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Date26 Feb 2020
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The parents of two students at Kettle Moraine High School have filed a lawsuit against the school for banning their teenagers from wearing pro-gun t-shirts. The lawsuit says that the two students recently wore t-shirts, that had an image of a firearm in support of gun rights organizations, to school. “I got it because I like the shirt,” Robert Newhouse, a sophomore at Kettle Moraine High School said. “They’re really fun. It’s great to use to go hunting.” Robert said that guns have been part of his life for a long time and he enjoys learning about them from his...
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Inmates Sue Hamblen County Jail

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Date26 Feb 2020
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Four inmates have filed a lawsuit against Hamblen County Jailin in Tennesse, alleging they are forced to wear inadequate clothing and live in unsanitary conditions. The lawsuit highlights how crowded Hamblen County Jail is. The facility is supposed to hold 255 inmates, but there are currently 384 detained there. As a result, inmates are forced to sleep on thin mats placed on the floor without pillows. They have to sleep shoulder-to-shoulder in unsanitary spaces that lack ventilation. The suit also contends that the jail has a two-tiered criminal justice system. Inmates who can afford to pay bail are released right...
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Former Inmate Sues Ex-Guard for Sexual Assaults

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Date25 Feb 2020
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A former inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center has filed a lawsuit against ex-guard, Edward Bearden, alleging he sexually assaulted her more than 52 times. The woman was an inmate at the prison from May 2015 to November 2017 for a non-violent offense. She was accepted into the cosmetology program in October 2016 and was assigned to retrieve cleaning supplies from a storage closet. The lawsuit alleges that Bearden followed her into the closet and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The assaults continued while she was in the one-year cosmetology program. Bearden worked at the Chillicothe Correctional...
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Kobe’s Widow Sues Helicopter Operating Company

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Date25 Feb 2020
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Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company that operated the helicopter that crashed last month that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, her 13-yo daughter, and seven others. The lawsuit argues that pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the crash, didn’t use ordinary care in operating the subject aircraft. “Defendant Island Express Helicopters authorized, directed and/or permitted a flight with full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions,” the suit claims. The lawsuit says that Kobe Bryant died “as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan” for which “the...
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NY Attorney General May Sue Over Taxi Fraud

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Date24 Feb 2020
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New York Attorney General Letitia James has threatened to file a lawsuit against New York City for allegedly inflating the value of yellow taxi medallions. The medallions are permits that are required for owning a yellow cab. James alleges that the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission operated a scheme from 2004 to 2017 that artificially inflated prices of the medallions, which are auctioned off. The cost of the medallions increased from $283,300 in 2004 to $965,000 in 2014. James claims that Taxi and Limousine Commission, “-knew that the price of a medallion had exceeded its underlying value” by at least...
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California Settles Literacy Lawsuit for $53M

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Date24 Feb 2020
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A judge approved a settlement Thursday that says the state of California has to pay $53 million to improve literacy across the state. The settlement states that $100 million will go towards helping 75 low-performing elementary schools develop customized three-year literacy action plans. The remaining $3 million will be used for a literacy expert to help develop the state’s literacy action plan and identify where training is needed. Mark Rosenbaum, directing attorney at Public Counsel, which filed the lawsuit, said, “The right to read is not just the cornerstone of education, it is the cornerstone of our democracy. Without it,...
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Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect Sue for $25M

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Date21 Feb 2020
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Four victims of alleged child abuse and neglect have filed a $25 million lawsuit against a former Cape Coral couple and the Alabama Department of Human Resources. “My clients lived a daily nightmare because DHR workers failed to do their jobs and it is appalling that DHR allowed this to happen,” Tommy James, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said. “It is incomprehensible that this abuse went on for years right under the nose of DHR workers. They ignored clear and repeated signs of child abuse and neglect that resulted in emotional and physical consequences that my clients will live with...
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Man Shot in the Face by ICE Agent Files Lawsuit

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Date20 Feb 2020
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Erick Diaz Cruz, who was shot in the hand and his face on Feb. 6 by an ICE agent in New York, has filed a lawsuit against the officer who pulled the trigger. According to the lawsuit, Diaz Cruz was on vacation in Gravesend when he woke up to two ICE officers struggling in the street with his mother’s longtime boyfriend, Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez. “Minutes later, standing only a few feet from one of the officers, Mr. Diaz Cruz saw the ICE officer reach for something at his hip,” the lawsuit claims. “Mr. Diaz Cruz covered his face for protection. The...
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Harvard Students Plan to Sue University

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Date19 Feb 2020
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Several Harvard University students have plans to file a lawsuit to force the university to withdraw its investment funds from companies that profit from the prison industry. The group of students requests a judge to require the university to divest its $40 billion endowment from prisons and related companies, and to produce a report outlining its direct and indirect investments in the industry. The students also claim the university is violating its fiduciary duty and breaching its charter and falsely advertising itself as an institution that wants to redress the harms of slavery, while still benefiting from the prison system....
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Pittsfield Township Police Lawsuit Raised to $50M

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Date19 Feb 2020
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A $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Pittsfield Township Police Department for their connection to a fatal drunk driving crash has now increased to $100 million. On Dec. 30. 2017, Lake Jacobson was killed in a drunk driving accident on a Pittsfield Township road. Desten Houge, the driver who hit her, died at the scene of the accident. In October 2018, Mark Jacobson, the husband of Lake Jacobson, filed a lawsuit against the Pittsfield Township Police Department and Sakstrup Towing Inc., accusing them of negligently allowing Houge to drive away from a crash an hour prior along the same...
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Student Sues Police For Pointing Gun to His Head

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Date18 Feb 2020
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Jaylan Butler, a sophomore swimmer at Eastern Illinois University, has filed a lawsuit against police officers, alleging they held him at gunpoint while he was returning from an out-of-state tournament with his teammates. According to the lawsuit, Butler was traveling on a bus with his team last February when it pulled over shortly after 8 p.m. to let players stretch their legs. Butler got out of the bus, took a selfie in front of a roadway sign and was headed back toward the vehicle when several police cars pulled up. The police got out of their vehicles and yelled at...
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Lawsuit for Woman Who Died in Custody

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Date17 Feb 2020
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The family members of Damaris Rodriguez, who died while in custody at South Correctional Entity Jail in 2018, have filed a lawsuit against the correctional facility for alleged abuse and neglect. On Dec. 30, 2017, Rodriguez’s husband, Reynaldo Gil, called 911 to report that she was suffering a mental health episode and needed medical assistance. He told the dispatcher that he wasn’t reporting a crime. However, police arrived at the home before the ambulance did. Gil explained to the police officers that his wife was “responding to voices in her head, becoming abnormally agitated, experiencing extreme anxiety and paranoia” and...
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Race Discrimination Eviction Lawsuit Settled

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Date17 Feb 2020
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Victoria Sutton, who filed a lawsuit against her landlords for evicting her for inviting black guests to her home, has settled the lawsuit for $150,000. In September 2018, Sutton invited her black co-worker and his 5-year-old son over to her home to play with her two daughters. Sutton had been renting the house in Adairsville, Georgia for about a year. After the visit, her landlord, Allen McCoy allegedly knocked on her door, called her a “n—– lover” and told her she had two weeks to move out. Sutton called the Suttos later that day and recorded the conversation with Patricia...
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H.S. Athletes Sue to Stop Transgender Athletes

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Date14 Feb 2020
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Three female high school track athletes in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit to stop transgender athletes from competing in girls sports. The lawsuit focuses on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competiters. The plaintiffs have competed directly against them, almost always losing to Miller and usually behind Yearwood. “Our dream is not to come in second or third place, but to win fair and square,” Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School, said. “All we’re asking for is a fair chance.” “Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race...
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KU Researcher Sued for Exploiting Disabled Patients

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Date14 Feb 2020
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A lawsuit accuses former University of Kansas adjunct research professor, Jerry Rea, of using more than 200 severely disable patients at a state-run home in Iowa as subjects in research for sexual arousal. According to the lawsuit, Rea was determined to turn the Glenwood Resource Center into a research center through medical experimentation, including sexual arousal on very fragile and dependent patients. Glenwood is an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities and depend on the staff at the facility for their health care. The suit claims Rea and his team used taxpayer money to purchase devices and tools,...
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Truck Company Sued for Paralyzing Crash

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Date12 Feb 2020
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Sue Ann Beaudoin of Indianapolis has filed a lawsuit against North American Environmental Services and former truck driver Danny Williams after a dump truck crash left her paralyzed from the waist down. The crash occurred September 3 at the intersection of US 36 and County Road 625 East and involved a dump truck, a school bus and nine other vehicles. “All of a sudden, I saw this dump truck barreling down the road behind me,” said Beaudoin. “I just thought, ‘I hope he can stop.’ I realized he was not going to stop.” Williams was behind the wheel of the...
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Olympic Dr Says He Was Fired for Reporting Abuse

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Date11 Feb 2020
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Bill Moreau, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s former vice president of sports medicine, has filed a lawsuit against the organization, alleging he was fired for questioning how they handle reports of sexual abuse. Moreau claims that the USOPC’s upper level management was alerted on April 26, 2018 that a 15-year-old Paralympic track athlete had been sexually assaulted by a 20-year-old athlete while they were at the Drake relays. A track coach told Moreau that the 15-year-old was having suicidal thoughts. Instead of reporting the incident to the police, Moreau alleges that Rick Adams, the USOPC’s chief of sports...
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Georgia Driver’s License Lawsuit Settled

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Date11 Feb 2020
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Kenneth Cabán Gonzalez has settled his lawsuit with the state of Georgia, allowing him to get a driver’s license there. When Gonzalez tried to get a Georgia driver’s license in 2017, officials accused him of submitting fraudulent documents. He was arrested and charged with fraud and forgery felonies while his identification documents were withheld. The charges were dropped later once it was discovered his Puerto Rican birth certificate was authentic. “I want to provide for my family. I want to do what I came to Georgia to do,” Gonzalez said during an interview at his lawyers’ office. “I came to...
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Right Wing Activist Plans to Sue the NFL

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Date10 Feb 2020
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Dave Daubenmire, a former central Ohio high school football coach turned online Christian talk show host, said he wants to sue the NFL for its racy halftime show, which featured performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. “I was appalled at what I saw — what I thought was a porn show — at halftime during the Super Bowl,” Daubenmire said. “My greatest complaint isn’t the halftime show itself. It’s the fact that the NFL gave no warning. Here we are watching a football game, next thing you know, a porn show breaks out,” he added. Daubenmire said he had no...
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Lawsuit to Stop Downed Pigs from Being Slaughtered

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Date07 Feb 2020
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Farm Sanctuary and six other animal protection groups have filed a lawsuit to make it illegal for pork plants to slaughter downed pigs and turn them into food for humans. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said he supports what the groups are trying to do and is working with other lawmakers to pressure the USDA to take action. “It’s shameful that this is where we are at. These are sick, damaged animals,” Blumenauer, a member of Congress’s Animal Protection Caucus, said in an interview. “It’s ludicrous that this is still an issue and that the industry is now in charge of...
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Lawsuit to Proceed Against Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Date07 Feb 2020
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A lawsuit filed by the parents of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand who fell to her death off a Royal Carribean cruise ship last year will proceed. Royal Carribean Cruises had previously asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, but the request was denied. “The parties have exchanged very little in terms of discovery and catapulting this case past the discovery phase would require the plaintiffs to defend the merits of their case prematurely and without essential evidence,” U.S. District Judge Donald Graham wrote in his ruling. Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the family, said, “We are very pleased with the court’s...
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Mother Sues Rutgers for Wrongful Death

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Date06 Feb 2020
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The mother of Kenneth Patterson, who was hit and killed by an Amtrak train after getting drunk at a fraternity party, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Rutgers University where Kenneth was a student. Patterson was invited to TDXmas, a party at the Huntington Street fraternity on Dec. 9, 2017, which according to the lawsuit, “-was on a cease and desist order and was prohibited from sponsoring and/or hosting any fraternity-related events.” According to text messages with friends, Patterson had gotten lost after the party while trying to find his dorm room. He was struck and killed by the...
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Kansas Highway Patrol Sued By Drivers

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Date06 Feb 2020
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Drivers have filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Highway Patrol, accusing them of targeting out-of-state vehicles for traffic stops. According to the lawsuit, 93 percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s traffic stops in 2017 involved vehicles with out-of-state licenses. The plaintiffs claim that they’re infringing on the constitutional protection from illegal searches and seizures. The federal lawsuit was filed by Joshua Bosire, a black man who lives in Wichita, where he works as an engineer in aviation. He drives down I-70 twice a month to visit his 4-year-old daughter, who lives in Littleton, CO. When he was coming back from...
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Sacramento Sued for Removing a Portable Toilet

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Date05 Feb 2020
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Several homeless individuals have filed a lawsuit against the city of Sacramento and its police department, claiming that police officers removed a portable toilet from a downtown campsite. The lawsuit, which hopes to reach class-action status, seeks a court order to prevent the city from removing a port-a-potty that has replaced the one that was removed earlier. “While politicians fret and pay consultants to plan and advise, but still neither provide shelter or restrooms, a few private citizens have stepped up to (plate) and service port-a-potties where homeless encampments have sprung up,” the lawsuit says. “What does the city do?...
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Angler’s Yacht Club Accused of Discrimination

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Date05 Feb 2020
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The Angler’s Yacht Club is being sued for allegedly denying memberships to minorities and women. The lawsuit, which was filed by New Smyrna Beach real estate broker Rhonda J. Kanan, accuses the club of all white men of discriminating by not admitting people of color, Jewish people or women and for holding Robert E. Lee parties. “The Anglers has existed as an exclusive and discriminatory fishing and boating boys club through the decades,” the lawsuit states. “Persons of color, women and persons of the Jewish faith have always been excluded.” The city of New Smyrna Beach, which has maintained a...
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Woman Sues NAACP for Sexual Harassment

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Date04 Feb 2020
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Jazmyne Childs has filed a lawsuit against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), alleging that she was sexually harassed by her former boss, Rev. Curtis Gatewood. According to the lawsuit, Childs was sexually harassed by Gatewood when she was a youth and college field secretary for the state conference in 2017. She said she first became afraid of him when he closed an office door to talk about a rally. “While talking to her, he kept looking her up and down in a sexual and intimidating manner,” the lawsuit says. “Ms. Childs was afraid.” The harassment...
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Teen Sues Scores Strip Club for Sex Trafficking

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Date31 Jan 2020
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A teen girl filed a lawsuit against Scores, claiming the strip club chain allowed sexual abuse and human trafficking. The victim, identified as Jane Doe, was developmentally 13 years old when her trafficker brought her to the chain’s Tampa location in September 2017, the lawsuit alleges. Scores hired the girl within 30 minutes of her walking in and threw her on stage. Doe met the trafficker while she was in a drug rehab clinic. Roberto Torres and his father, who was in charge of therapeutic treatment at the clinic, befriended Doe and invited her to live with the family. The...
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Ingles Markets Accused of Discrimination

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Date30 Jan 2020
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Phyllis Bannish has filed a lawsuit against Ingles Markets, claiming she was fired after complaining about sexual harassment. Bannish started working at Ingles Markets in March 2015 and held several different positions, including cashier, customer service manager and scanner coordinator. Within a few weeks of starting as a cashier, Bannish claims assistant store manager Jeremy Douglas, “-began behaving inappropriately when he was near me. For instance, Douglas often would come up behind me and stand unnecessarily close to me so that the front of his pants touched my backside, or he would reach over me so that his arm would...
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Tech Companies Sue U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

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Date30 Jan 2020
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Multiple tech companies have filed a lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, alleging they unlawfully charged them $350 million in H-1B visa fees. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include ITServe Alliance, iTech US, SmartWorks and Saxon Global. Defendant (“the Agency”) has unlawfully charged United States companies approximately $350 million dollars in visa fees (likely more) over the past six years,” according to a complaint filed on January 26, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “Plaintiffs now seek a refund. For the reasons below, this Court must set aside visa denials based on the nonpayment of...
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State Attorneys Ask Judge to Drop Parents’ Lawsuit

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Date29 Jan 2020
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State attorneys have requested a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of Lauren McCluskey, who was killed near her dorm at the University of Utah. Matt and Jill McCluskey filed a $56 million lawsuit against the University of Utah last June, alleging the university didn’t take responsibility for the death of their daughter. They claimed that the university ignored their daughter’s multiple reports of stalking, abuse, intimidation, dating violence and other behavior prohibited under Title IX. Melvin Rowland, a 37-year-old convicted sex offender, shot and killed McCluskey on Oct. 22, 2018. The two had gone out...
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Woman Sues Road Builder for Death of Family

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Date28 Jan 2020
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Roxanne Freeman, whose husband and two children were killed in a vehicle crash while driving on a highway in Houston, has filed a lawsuit against Webber, a major road builder, for their negligence The lawsuit stems from an accident that occurred along Beltway 8 near JFK Boulevard, south of Bush Intercontinental Airport, on July 21, 2017. Heywood Freeman entered the construction zone where Webber was widening the freeway. Traffic slowed down and eventually stopped completely. A driver in a Ford F-250 pickup slammed into the back of Freeman’s vehicle, crushing the sedan and setting off a chain reaction of crashes...
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Former Applebee’s Supervisor Sues for Getting Fired

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Date28 Jan 2020
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Amanda Breaud, a former supervisor at an Applebee’s in New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, alleging she was fired after telling a customer to leave for making Islamophobic remarks. According to the lawsuit, Breaud was working at the restaurant in May when a customer complained about a man at the bar making racist comments about Muslims. The customer said that the man called Muslims disgusting and referred to them as terrorists. The customer also accused a bartender of agreeing with several of the man’s comments. Two other families reportedly asked Breaud to take care of the situation....
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Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defamation

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Date27 Jan 2020
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American politician and 2020 presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, claiming she attempted to destroy her reputation by calling her a “Russian asset.” The lawsuit states that Clinton suggested during an October 2019 interview that Gabbard was the favorite of the Russians. Gabbard says that her statements have no grounds in reality, and that Clinton should have known that. Although Clinton didn’t specifically name Gabbard in her comments, she strongly implied that she was talking about her. The suit mentions that when asked if she was referring to Gabbard, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said,...
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Detroit Bank Sued for Not Cashing Settlement Check

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Date27 Jan 2020
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Sauntore Thomas has filed a lawsuit against TCF Bank, alleging employees refused to cash his settlement check awarded in a racial discrimination suit. According to the lawsuit, the employees believed the check was fraudulent, causing an investigation to be launched. “I didn’t deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent,” Thomas said. “I’m a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I’m black. None of this would have happened if I were white.” Thomas said he called his employment law attorney while at the bank...
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Illinois State University Sued for Sex Discrimination

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Date24 Jan 2020
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Meredith Downes, a tenured professor in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods (MQM) at Illinois State University, has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the university. In the lawsuit, Downes claims that she makes less money than six of the eight tenured, full professors in MQM, who are all male. She said that she makes less money even though she has published more scholarly articles and has received a higher rating on her yearly performance evaluation than at least some of those male colleagues. The suit states that the department’s policies provide for faculty members to receive either a...
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Texas Christain University Sued by Student

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Date24 Jan 2020
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A Texas Christian University student, identified only as Jane Doe No. 1, has filed a lawsuit against the university, alleging she was harassed, falsely imprisoned and discriminated against by faculty members during a 2019 trip to Washington D.C. Doe said she was heavily enticed to attend the summer program in D.C. even though she ranked it last on her preferences. She said that she and another student were chosen to attend the trip as a way to tokenize the students and bolster the university’s reputation as a diverse educational institution. Before she left for the trip, Doe said that Diane...
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Mother Sues Dallas Independent S.D. for Death

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Date23 Jan 2020
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The mother of 18-year-old Marc Strickland, who was fatally shot during a Dallas Independent School District basketball game, plans to file a lawsuit against the district. Strickland was attending a basketball game inside Dallas’s ISD’s Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Jan. 11 when a 15-year-old came in with a handgun and shot him. Students with camera phones captured the shooting. It caused panic for the 600 attendees of the Kimball vs. South Oak Cliff basketball game and cleared the gymnasium. Strickland died on Jan. 18. Justin Moore, the lawyer representing the family, believes Strickland’s death could have been prevented if metal...
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Jail Sued for Denying Medical Care for Infected Toe

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Date23 Jan 2020
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Andres Romero has filed a lawsuit against Cochise County Jail, claiming staff members denied him medical care for a toe infection, which resulted in him losing a leg. Romero entered Cochise County Jail in Bisbee, Arizona on June 9 for four felony counts of sexual abuse against his teenage daughter. About a month later, a knob that turns the water on in a shower he was using fell on his big toe on his right foot. Romero felt pain instantly and his toe began to swell. He initially asked nursing staff to remove the loose nail hanging from his toe,...
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Boyscouts Sued for Sexual Abuse and Coercion

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Date21 Jan 2020
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Ronald Hernandez Hunter has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, alleging his Boy Scout leader sexually abused him and pimped him out to other men. According to the lawsuit, Hernandez joined Brooklyn’s Troop 351 in 1972 when he was 12 years old. In just a few months, Hernandez said that assistant scoutmaster, Carlos Acevedo, molested him inside a tent during a camping trip. “I’m angry. I feel betrayed. I feel violated, deceived. Things that I didn’t know back then. I didn’t know how to feel other than I felt I was doing a good thing. I was...
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York County School Division Sued for Exploitation

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Date20 Jan 2020
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Two women, who were students at Bruton High School during the 2017-2018 school year, have filed a lawsuit against York County School Division, claiming they were groomed for sexual exploitation by a sports coach. The lawsuit alleges that the coach singled out one of the students and promised her that she could get an athletic scholarship with his help. He told her that she was his favorite player. The head coach obtained the student’s address and gave her rides to games until she told the assistant coach that the head coach’s behavior made her feel uncomfortable. After the assistant coach...
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Trump Administration Sued for Cutting Food Stamps

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Date20 Jan 2020
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Fourteen states and New York City have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to challenge a new ruling that could cause thousands of Americans to lose food stamp benefits. The ruling, which will go into effect April 1, would call for more strict requirements to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Under the current rules, people who are childless and not disabled are required to work at least 20 hours a week for more than three months over a 36-month period to qualify for food stamps. However, states have been able to create waivers for areas that face...
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Officers Sued for Leaving Detainees in Hot Van

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Date17 Jan 2020
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A lawsuit has been filed against two Santa Ana officers that claims they left two federal detainees in a hot van for four hours. The lawsuit says that Dongyuan Li, a 41-year-old Chinese citizen, and Romaldo Marchan Delgado, a 56-year-old Mexican citizen, were put in handcuffs, ankle shackles and waist chains, and put in the back of a transport van after their hearings at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building on April 8. They were put in the van to be brought back to the Santa Ana jail, where they were being housed. Caroline Contreras, a correctional officer at the jail,...
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New Epstein Lawsuit for Trafficking in the Caribbean

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Date16 Jan 2020
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The Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands has filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, alleging he transported underage girls to his secluded homes in the Caribbean from 2001 to 2018. Attorney General Denise N. George claims that Epstein used private planes, helicopters, boats and vehicles to bring young women and girls to his home in Little St. James. She said the victims were “deceptively subjected to sexual servitude, forced to engage in sexual acts and coerced into commercial sexual activity and forced labor.” “Epstein created a network of companies and individuals who participated in and conspired with him...
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Trump Administration Sued for Deportation Policy

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Date16 Jan 2020
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Several advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to challenge a policy that lets asylum seekers be deported to Central American countries. The lawsuit argues that the policy prevents applicants from ever reaching asylum and puts them at risk by returning them to the same dangerous region they ran from. “The Trump administration has created a deadly game of musical chairs that leaves desperate refugees without a safe haven, in violation of U.S. and international law,” Katrina Eiland, an attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a press release. “The administration is illegally trying to...
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St. Louis Sued for Allegedly Violating KKK Act

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Date15 Jan 2020
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St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kim Gardner, has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that they have created a “racially motivated conspiracy” to prevent her from doing her job. Gardner said she was elected in 2016 to “redress the scourge of historical inequality and rebuild trust” among communities of color. However, she claims that the city’s “unprecedented appointment” of a special prosecutor in 2018 underscores a collective pattern of “collusive conduct” that she believes has undermined her authority. The lawsuit claims that decisions were made “to thwart and impede her efforts to establish equal treatment under law for all St....
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Penn State Sued for “Sandusky” Style Hazings

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Date15 Jan 2020
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Isaiah Humphries has filed a lawsuit against Penn State, alleging his teammates made threats of “I’m going to Sandusky you” in hazings. According to the lawsuit, Humphries and other underclassmen were often targeted for hazing acts that simulated sexual assault during his semester at Penn State in the fall of 2018. The suit says that players would pin younger teammates on the floor and simulate a “humping action while on top” or put their “genitals on the face of the lower classmen.” One of the players would put a “penis on the buttocks of the lower classmen and stroke his...
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Transgender Women Sue Florida for Discrimination

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Date14 Jan 2020
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Two transgender women have filed a lawsuist against the state of Florida for denying them treatment for gender affirming treatment. Jami Claire and Kathryne Lane claim in the lawsuit that they’re going without necessary treatment for gender dysphoria because state health care plans exclude coverage for gender-affirming care. Claire, a senior biological scientist at the University of Florida, and Lane, a lawyer in the public defender’s office in Tallahassee, are suing their employers and the state’s Division of Management Services. “Transgender state employees are singled out and explicitly denied coverage for one reason: they are transgender,” said Southern Legal Counsel...
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Transgender Woman Sues Correctional Institute

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Date14 Jan 2020
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A black transgender woman has filed a lawsuit against Marion Correctional Institute, claiming she was mistreated while she was an inmate there. The plaintiff was sent to Marion Correctional Institute in August 2018 after getting convicted of grand theft and possessing criminal tools. Marion Correctional Institute is a medium security prison that houses about 2,500 male inmates. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff faced immediate risk of harm when she arrived to the prison because of her transgender status. Staff members and other prisoners called her derogatory and offensive names. “[She] felt immediate bias based on her gender from MCI...
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Former Landfill Employee Sues Baltimore County

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Date13 Jan 2020
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Jonathon Gwynn, who worked at the Baltimore County landfill from 2005 to 2014, has filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging his boss frequently used racial slurs at work. According to the lawsuit, Gwynn’s boss, James Dawson routinely used racist language and made derogatory racial jokes and slurs about black people. The suit also claims that Dawson told a white female employee Gwynn was dating “not to date [Gwynn] because [Gwynn] was African-American.” Approximately four months after he filed a human resources complaint alleging the racist behavior in December 2013, Gwynn claims he was transferred to work at a county...
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Doctor Sues for Getting Fired for Whistleblowing

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Date10 Jan 2020
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Dr. Amanda Lund has filed a lawsuit against Midwest Post Acute Health Care, alleging she was fired after blowing the whistle on cost-cutting practices that put patients at risk. Dr. Lund joined Midwest Post Acute Health Care as its medical director in 2017 and was responsible for creating a new palliative care program. She also had to provide Medicare oversight because the company hadn’t hired a compliance officer. In September 2017, Lund reported fraudulent billing practices that amounted to the organization double dipping Medicare payments for its social workers. “Dr. Lund knew that these practices amounted to Medicare fraud, which...
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Wayfair Sued by Former Employee for Harassment

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Date10 Jan 2020
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Emily Forsythe has filed a lawsuit against Wayfair, claiming the online furniture retailer didn’t do anything to stop the sexual harassment she endured from a coworker. According to the lawsuit, Forsythe was sexually harassed over several months by a man she oversaw in her role as an associate director of industrial engineering at Wayfair in 2019. Forsythe claims that he pursued a relationship with her and made repeated unwanted physical contact. He ran his hand down her blouse beginning above her cleavage toward her waist. When she moved away, he just laughed and walked away. She says that he became...
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Black Executives Sue McDonald’s for Discrimination

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Date09 Jan 2020
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Two black executives at McDonald’s have filed a lawsuit against the fast-food giant for allegedly discriminating against them and other black employees. Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal, who work for McDonald’s in Dallas, claim that they endured intentional race discrimination, a hostile work enviornment and unlawful retaliation. They allege that they and other black executives have been routinely passed over for promotions, contributing to a lack of minority leaders at the company. The lawsuit states that the number of African Americans in the top ranks of McDonald’s operations fell to seven last year from 42 in 2014. “McDonald’s subjected them...
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Delta Employees Sue Lands’ End for Illnesses

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Date09 Jan 2020
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Over 500 Delta Air Lines employees have filed a lawsuit against Lands’ End, claiming that the uniforms from the clothing manufacturer made them ill. According to the lawsuit, Delta employees have been required to wear these uniforms since May 2018. Since then, multiple employees reported that they suffered severe respiratory illnesses, boils, hair loss, headaches, fatigue and other health issues. “This issue is real. It affects different people in different ways, and the reactions can vary in severity with symptoms such as rashes, headaches, hair loss and breathing problems when wearing the uniform to becoming so sensitized to the chemicals...
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Ambulance Company Sued for Sexual Assault of Teen

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Date08 Jan 2020
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The family of a 15-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by former EMT David Carpio has filed a lawsuit against Balboa Ambulance, claiming they could have prevented the incident. The incident occurred in February 2017 when the teen girl was being transported in an ambulance. The lawsuit accuses Balboa Ambulance of negligence and failing to conduct a proper background check. New information suggests that Carpio’s previous employer, Care Medical Transportation, ignored warning signs of his behavior and alleged crimes. During Carpio’s two-week employment at Care Medical Transportation in 2015, his co-workers filed four complaints against him for sexual harassment and...
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Parents Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Ikea

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Date08 Jan 2020
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Joleen and Craig Dudek, the parents of a 2-year-old boy who was killed when an Ikea dresser crushed him, have settled a lawsuit with the furniture store for $46 million. Ikea recalled 17.3 million dressers in 2016, including the 3-drawer Malm that tipped over 2-year-old Jozef in 2017. He was the first child who died after the recall was announced. The Dudek’s said they didn’t know about the recall and blamed Ikea for not notifying them directly. “While the Dudek’s and other consumers didn’t know that the Malm dresser line was unstable and unsafe for use in the home with...
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Gold Star Families Sue Defense Contractors

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Date07 Jan 2020
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Over 100 Gold Star families have filed a lawsuit against multiple American defense contractors, claiming they made illegal protection payments to the Taliban that aided and abetted terrorism. Gold Star families are families of military members who have died in the line of duty. The lawsuit states that the Taliban approached international businesses operating in Afghanistan in 2005 and told them to pay up, or else. “Defendants paid the Taliban to leave them alone,” the suit alleges. “The payments saved Defendants money: it was cheaper to buy off the Taliban than it would have been to invest in the security...
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Men Sue Boy Scouts of America for Sexual Abuse

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Eight men who claim they were sexually abused as children by Boy Scouts of America leaders have filed a lawsuit against the organization. The lawsuit accuses the Boys Scouts of America of rampant sexual abuse at the hands of BSA scoutmasters and other scout leaders” and “efforts to cover up the extensive evidence in its files documenting that abuse.” “BSA created, maintained, and promoted programs that attracted pedophiles by the tens of thousands and gave these predators unsupervised access, and therefore opportunities, to prey on boys who had been entrusted to BSA’s custody and care,” the suit argues. “BSA’s programs...
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