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Military Families Sue Private Landlord Over Mold

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Date15 Nov 2019
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Ten military families have filed a lawsuit against Corvias Property Management, alleging that they failed to protect them against toxic mold at the Fort Meade army base. The lawsuit claims that the management company “subjected these service members to appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment” when the families requested for them to fix the issues. “Requests for maintenance have been ignored. Repair efforts, when made, have been substandard and slipshod attempts at cosmetic fixes that have not resolved the problems. All the while, Defendants have collected the full amount of the service members’ housing allowances, preventing them from moving off-base.”...
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Kansas Restaurant Worker Sues for HIV Firing

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Date15 Nov 2019
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Armando Gutierrez has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Big Biscuit, alleging that he was fired after telling his manager that he has HIV. Gutierrez found out that he was HIV positive in December 2018, a year after he began working at Big Biscuit. He notified his manager about his diagnosis shortly after and asked him to sign a from so that he could receive medication from a state program. The next day, Gutierrez found out that he was being transferred to a different location and would have to work Sundays even though Gutierrez had made an agreement when...
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Sandy Hook Parents Allowed to Sue Remington

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Date13 Nov 2019
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The Supreme Court has ruled to allow a lawsuit against gunmaker Remington Arms to move forward. The court order lets a survivor and relatives of nine victims of the Sandy Hook massacre to pursue their claims. The lawsuit claims that Remington Arms shouldn’t have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators. The suit also argues that the company targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games. The lawsuit was first filed in December 2014 and has survived many legal twists...
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McDonald’s Employees File Harassment Lawsuit

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Date13 Nov 2019
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Several Mcdonald’s workers and labor groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the fast-food chain over claims of widespread sexual harassment in its restaurants. The lawsuit argues that Mcdonald’s has failed to address a systematic problem of harassment. “McDonald’s, one of the largest employers in the country, creates and permits a toxic work culture from the very top — as reflected by former CEO Steve Easterbrook’s recent firing for an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate in violation of company policy — and throughout its thousands of restaurants within the United States that employ over one million workers,” the suit says....
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Man Sues Muncie Police Officers of Excessive Force

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Date12 Nov 2019
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Jessie Vernon has filed a lawsuit against the Muncie Police Department, claiming police officers used excessive force during his arrest. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on June 9, 2018 near Gharkey and Jackson Streets in Muncie, Indiana. Police officer Chase Hunter stopped Vernon and another person for riding bicycles without proper lighting. Police officer Chase Winkle arrived to the scene later to assist Hunter. According to video footage, Hunter told Winkle that he saw Vernon throw something into the bushes. Hunter searched the area and said that he found a plastic bag with a crystallized substance. Hunter...
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EEOC Sues Sprint for Sexual Assault on Teen

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Date11 Nov 2019
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a Sprint authorized retailer in Sacramento, claiming the company didn’t do enough to protect a teen female employee from sexual assault by a manager. According to the lawsuit, after a 34-year-old manager was transferred to the Elite Wireless Arden Fair Mall location in July 2017, he started touching and making sexual advances toward a 19-year-old female sales clerk. He also sent her social media friend requests and invites, which she rejected. The suit claims the harassment got worse in November 2017. After a holiday party, the manager invited staff...
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Trump Ordered to Pay $2M to Settle Charity Lawsuit

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Date11 Nov 2019
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State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump must pay $2 million to a charity to settle a lawsuit that claimed he and his family illegally managed his charitable foundation. Former New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood first filed a lawsuit against Trump, his three oldest children, and the Trump foundation, in June 2018. The lawsuit accuses the Trump family of mismanaging the foundation in several ways, including using the charity to advance Trump’s self interests and boost his 2016 presidential campaign. The suit particularly focuses an Iowa fundraiser that Trump held as counter programming to...
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Mayor Bill Ketron Sued for Sexual Discrimination

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Date07 Nov 2019
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Melissa Kilpatrick, a former recovery court counselor, has filed a sexual disrimination lawsuit against Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron for promoting a less-qualified applicant instead of her. According to the lawsuit, Ketron selected Steve Irwin as the Probation and Recovery Court Director, even though Kilpatrick and another female applicant were much more qualified for the position. Kilpatrick was making $45,900 a year when she applied for the director job that pays about $72,000 a year. “The rejection of her application was based on her sex,” the lawsuit said. “Plaintiff’s application for promotion was denied by Rutherford County through the actions...
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Mom of Boy Who Fell from Zipline Sues Park

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Date06 Nov 2019
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Kimberly Barnes has filed a lawsuit against Urban Air Adventure Park after her 10-year-old son fell from a zipline and suffered serious injuries. Barnes let her son go to Urban Air Adventure Park in Lakeland, Florida on Sept. 1 to celebrate his best friend’s birthday party. Later that day, she received a phone call that her son had fallen off a zipline and was seriously injured. “It was almost like everything in my world just stopped when I found out that he was hurt,” she said. “It was the start of a nightmare. No parent wants to ever hear that...
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Lawsuit to Legalize Wedding Hair and Makeup in MN

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Date06 Nov 2019
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Several hair and makeup artists have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners to get rid of a state law that forbids them from styling hair and applying makeup at weddings and other special events. Last December, the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners created a law that declared that applying makeup and styling hair at special events could only be done by licensed salon managers, a credential that can take over 4,000 hours of training. The Board has ordered makeup artists to cease and desist and slapped them with thousands of dollars in fines. While the new...
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Salt Lake City Woman Sues 911 Dispatch Company

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Date05 Nov 2019
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Breann Lasley has filed a lawsuit against the Utah emergency dispatch company, Priority Dispatch Corp. after they failed to send police to her home during an invasion. On Sept. 23, 2015, Breann and her sister Kayli Lasley were attacked and stabbed by a man who’d entered their home through a window around midnight. Breann fought back against the man, who was later identified as Robert Berger, as her sister slept downstairs. When Kayi heard her sister’s screams, she ran upstairs. The two sisters said that they struggled against Berger for 15 minutes, but managed to call 911. Several neighbors also...
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Starbucks Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

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Date04 Nov 2019
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Shannon Phillips, a former regional director at Starbucks, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company, alleging she was fired just for being white. Phillips says that the company started discriminating against her after a highly publicized arrest of two black men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia in 2018. Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were asked to leave the coffee shop after sitting at a table without ordering anything. They refused to leave because they were waiting for a business associate and were escorted out in handcuffs. She says she was terminated just a month after the incident...
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NYPD Sued for Denying Woman Sanitary Products

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Date04 Nov 2019
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Jennifer Flores has filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department, claiming police refused to give her sanitary products while in custody for 13 hours. The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred in October 2016. Flores saw NYPD officers questioning teens in a park and stepped in to help. She said she advised the teens of their rights and then was arrested on charges of obstructing justice. When Flores arrived at the 108th precinct, she said she knew she had to change her tampon. After she asked a male officer for a tampon, he told her that...
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Police Wins $19 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

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Date01 Nov 2019
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St. Louis County Police Sergeant, Keith Wildhaber, who claimed the department discriminated against him for being gay, was awarded $19 million in a lawsuit. Wildhaber filed the lawsuit against the St. Louis County Police Department in 2017 after he was allegedly told to turn down his gayness if he wanted to be promoted to lieutenant. The lawsuit specifies a 2014 incident during which Wildhaber spoke to John Saracino, a member of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners at the time, regarding his application for a promotion. Saracino allegedly said, “The command staff has a problem with your sexuality....
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Teen Plans to Sue NYPD for Officer Hitting Him

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Date31 Oct 2019
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Benjamin Marshall, who was slugged and slammed to the ground by a police officer on a Brooklyn subway platform, plans to file a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department. According to the lawsuit, Marshall, who is 15 years old, was punched in the face by a police officer during a melee that broke out inside the Jay St.-MetroTech subway last week. Marshall was one of the five teens arrested during the fight that was caught on camera. However, Marshall’s parents claim that he wasn’t involved in the fight and only followed his friend into the train station to...
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Fertility Doctor Sued for Using His Own Sperm

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Date31 Oct 2019
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Maia Emmons-Boring has filed a lawsuit against a Colorado fertility doctor, claiming that he used his own sperm to impregnate her mother almost 40 years ago. Emmons-Boring said that she realized the father she’d grown up with wasn’t her biological father after she received a message from a stranger in her Ancestry.com inbox. “It looks like we’re close matches, so I’m assuming we’re half-siblings,” wrote the stranger. “My father was a sperm donor in Grand Junction, Colorado [Emmons-Boring’s hometown]. I’ve found three more half-sisters and a half-brother who’s [sic] parents also used the donor at the same clinic.” Emmons-Boring thought...
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Flint PD Sued for Discrimination and Harassment

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Date30 Oct 2019
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Seventeen current and former Flint employees have filed a lawsuit against the Flint Police Department, alleging four counts of race discrimination, racial discrimination failure to hire, retaliation and sexual harassment. The plaintiffs claim that they were either demoted, discriminated against during the hiring process or harassed for being white. The suit said that the employees who always received the promotions were African-American, who in many instances, either didn’t have the proper qualifications or scored lower than one of the 17 plaintiffs on the promotion exam. The lawsuit additionally claims that one plaintiff in the lawsuit was asked to perform a...
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Flight Attendant Sues for Hidden Bathroom Camera

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Date30 Oct 2019
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A flight attendant for Southwest Airlines has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming she saw two pilots hide a camera in the bathroom on a 2017 flight. According to the lawsuit, Renee Steinaker saw an iPad streaming video from the plane’s forward laboratory when she went into the cockpit approximately 2 and a half hours into Flight 1088. The captain, Terry Graham, asked her to come into the cockpit so that he could use the lavatory. The airline requires a second person in the cockpit at all times. The suit says Steinaker took a photo of the iPad video...
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Trump Plans to Sue CNN Over Bias Reporting

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Date28 Oct 2019
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President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has plans to file a lawsuit against CNN, accusing the news source of biased reporting. “Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called ‘mainstream’ news, as the current situation,” said a letter to CNN from attorney Charles Harder, who is representing Trump and his campaign. Harder cited one CNN employee recorded by Project Veritas who claimed CNN President, Jeff Zucker, had a personal feud with Trump. Another employee said that the network wants to focus its...
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Police Officer Fired Over Choke Hold Death Sues

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Date28 Oct 2019
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Daniel Pantaleo, who was fired in August for causing the death of Eric Gardner, has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department in hopes of getting his job back. Police Commissioner James O’Neill fired Pantaleo for using a banned choke on Gardner. O’Neill said Pantaleo broke the rules and could no longer serve as a New York City police officer. On July 17, 2014, Pantaleo and several other officers confronted Gardner and tried to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes. Cellphone video footage captures Gardner saying, “I can’t breathe” as Pantaleo has him in a choke hold....
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Rose McGowan Sues Harvey Weinstein

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Date25 Oct 2019
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Rose McGowan has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and two of his former lawyers, claiming that they attempted to silence her and ruin her career before she accused him of rape. According to the lawsuit, Weinstein and his former lawyers David Boies and Lisa Bloom attempted to defraud, smear and marginalize McGowan before she was about to come out with her rape accusations against the former movie mogul in late 2017. “Harvey Weinstein was able to perpetrate and cover up decades of violence and control over women because he had a sophisticated team working on his behalf to systematically...
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Psychiatric Facility Sued for Sexual Assault on Minor

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Date25 Oct 2019
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The father of a 13-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against an Aurora psychiatric facility after his daughter was sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old man in the bathroom at the Aurora Public Library. The lawsuit claims that both 18-year-old Cody Pomrenke and the 13-year-old girl were under the care of the Northern Illinois Academy when they went on a field trip to the Aurora Public Library on April 15. The two were unsupervised when Pomrenke lured the girl into the bathroom and sexually assaulted her. The suit argues that the academy officials knew or should have known that Pomrenke was...
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Woman Sues ICE for Intimidation and Rape

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Date24 Oct 2019
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A woman identified as Jane Doe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleging that an ICE agent threatened her with deportation and death and sexually assaulted her for several years. According to the lawsuit, Doe, who is originally from Honduras and living illegally in Connecticut, first met ICE agent Wilfredo Rodriguez in 2006 after her brother was arrested for entering the U.S. illegally. It was soon discovered that Doe was also living in the country illegally. Doe alleges that she had to become an informant and help the agency...
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The Elgin Area School District Settles Injury Lawsuit

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Date24 Oct 2019
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The Elgin Area School District U-46 board has settled a lawsuit with the family of a boy who was beaten so badly by a classmate that he was left unconscious. The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred in February 2017 at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin. Henry Sembdner, who was 12 at the time, was beaten by a 14-year-old eighth-grader. The lawsuit said that Sembdner bumped into the older boy in the hallway, and the older student then slammed him into the ground and beat him. The beating was so severe that Sembdner was unconscious and...
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Disney Wants to Stop Gender Pay Class-Action

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Date23 Oct 2019
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Disney requested that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge block a pay discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a group of female employees, from recieving class-action status. The lawsuit, which was filed in April on belalf of two women, claimed that Disney engaged in gender-based pay discrimination toward female employees. The lawsuit added eight more female plaintiffs later, all who worked in different divisions of Disney. Lawyers for the women sought class-action status, “ – because Disney’s pay practices negatively affect their female co-workers throughout the state.” They alleged that one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, senior manager Nancy...
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Portland Agrees to Settle Protestor’s Battery Lawsuit

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Date23 Oct 2019
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The city of Portland has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $10,000 that was filed by a woman who claimed police assaulted her during a protest in October 2016. According to the lawsuit, Patricia Barger was just watching the demonstration take place from the sidewalk across Southwest Fifth Avenue from City Hall when Officer Timothy Paolini hit her with a baton in the chest and forearm. During that time, police were clearing demonstrators from the street who were protesting a closed door City Council vote on the police union contract. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon,“Officer Paolini...
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Drug Distributors Settle for $260M in Opioid Lawsuit

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Date21 Oct 2019
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Three of the country’s biggest drug distributors and one drug manufacturer have agreed to a $260 million settlement for their part in the opioid epidemic. McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. will pay a combined $215 million while manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will pay $20 million and provide $25 million worth of the anti-overdose drug Suboxone. The trial involved just two counties in Ohio, Cuyahoga County in Cleveland and Summit Country in Akron. “The proposed settlement will make significant progress to abate the epidemic by providing resources for and applying funds directly to necessary opioid-recovery programs,” the plaintiffs’...
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Bronx PD Sued by Family of Unarmed Man Who Died

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Date21 Oct 2019
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The family members of Allan Feliz, who was shot and killed as he drove away from police trying to arrest him, plan to file a lawsuit against the Bronx Police Department. The incident occurred Thursday in the Bronx. Feliz, who once served five years in prison on a burglary conviction, and his passenger were allegedly pulled over for driving without wearing seatbelts. The police said that they recovered a substantial amount of drugs from the vehicle, including cocaine and heroin. Feliz’s younger brother, Samy, said the guy who was in the car with his brother told him that police aimed...
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Postpartum Depression Lawsuit Against University

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Date18 Oct 2019
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Maria Alves, who was fired from Boston University after asking for additional medical leave for postpartum depression, has won $182,000 in a lawsuit. Alves had severe emotional difficulties after the birth of her son three years ago. She had to take additional time off from her job at Boston University and they terminated her because of it. Alves said in the lawsuit that Boston University didn’t work with her to provide reasonable accommodations. “Their reason [to fire Alves] was that they just couldn’t hold the job any longer, that the department was busy and they needed to fill the position,”...
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Woman Sues After Police Pulled Her Tampon Out

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Date17 Oct 2019
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Natalie Simms has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio after she was subjected to a public vaginal cavity search during which her tampon was pulled out. The incident occurred on Aug. 8, 2016 as Simms sat on a street curb waiting for her boyfriend. The lawsuit states that she was talking on her cell phone when police approached her. It was later discovered that police had been investigating the area after receiving complaints about possible drug activity. A police detective reportedly said that he saw Simms and another woman walk underneath a highway underpass where it looked...
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DCFS Workers Sued for Child’s Death

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Date17 Oct 2019
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A new lawsuit claims that two Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators showed “inhumane indifference” to the safety of murdered Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund. According to the lawsuit, Carlos Acosta, a child protection specialist for DCFS, and his supervisor Andrew R. Polovin operated a sham investigation into previous allegations that AJ was abused. The suit says that police officers, medical personnel and neighbors made many calls to DCFS’ Child Abuse Hotline, describing the boy’s physical injuries. In a December 2018 call to DCFS by Crystal Lake Police, it was reported that AJ and his family were living...
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Professor Sues for Gender and Ethnic Discrimination

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Date11 Oct 2019
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Manal Abdelmalek, a professor of medicine at Duke, has filed a lawsuit against the university, accusing them of gender and ethnic discrimination. According to the lawsuit, Abdelmalek, who immigrated to the United States as a child from Egypt, had been “subjected to discrimination on the basis of her gender and her race/national origin.” The suit argues that Duke Medical Center has a “history of favoring men over women [for] promotion and compensation” and a “pattern and practice” of paying male employees and white employees more than female employees and non-white employees who have “equal or better training, experience and performance.”...
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News Outlets Sue to Make Entire Executions Public

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Date10 Oct 2019
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Several news outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch have filed a lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections to make executions viewable to the public from start to finish. Although several steps in execution by lethal injection have always been private in Virginia, a 2017 state policy change keeps everything private except the reading of the death warrant and inmate’s last words. The policy only permits one media representative from print, television, radio, and wire service, and immediate family members of the murder victims, to witness the execution. The policy change came after the execution of Ricky Gray, who was convicted...
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Lawsuit Challenging Conversion Therapy Ban Tossed

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Date08 Oct 2019
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U.S. District Judge, Deborah Chasanow, decided to dismiss a psychotherapist’s lawsuit that tried to challenge Maryland’s ban on treating minors with conversion therapy. Judge Chasanow said that stopping conversion therapy on minors doesn’t stop psychotherapists from expressing their personal views abut the practice. Chasanow added that research supports that conversion therapy is likely harmful to minors. “These sources indicate that conducting conversion therapy on minors could potentially harm their emotional and physical well-being and, thus, prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy on minors would abate the harmful outcomes caused by conversion therapy,” she said. The law only bans conversion therapy...
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Man Sues Lakewood Police Officers Over a K-9 Attack

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Date08 Oct 2019
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Spencer Erickson has filed a lawsuit against several Lakewood police officers, claiming they ordered a K-9 attack that nearly killed him. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on Sept. 21, 2018. Police officers went to Erickson’s home to arrest him on “low-level non-violent warrants,” including failing to appear in court on DUI and criminal mischief charges. “For reasons we can’t fathom, other than this is how Lakewood told their officers to respond, they decide to respond in full force. They show up with at least six police officers and a police dog and treat this like a tactical...
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Illinois Hospital Sued by Parents for Vitamin K Shots

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Date03 Oct 2019
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A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against several hospitals in Illinois after they were subjected to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigations into allegations of medical neglect after declining Vitamin K shots for their newborn babies. Hospitals in the United States have widely used Vitamin K shots at birth since the 1960s to prevent a rare bleeding disorder. Angela and Brian Bougher, two plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that Silver Cross Hospital nurses took their newborn Glori away just minutes after she was born. They decided to refuse their newborn they eye ointment erythromycin as well...
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Lawsuit Against Westminster Police for Fatal Shooting

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Date25 Sep 2019
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The mother of Birendra Thakuri, who appeared to be in the middle of a mental breakdown when he was fatally shot by a police officer, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Westminster and officer Steven Bare. The lawsuit stems from an incident that happened on Aug. 25, 2018. Thakuri, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was on a walk with his brother, Surendra Thakuri, and started darting out into traffic. His brother grabbed ahold of him and pulled him out of the road. A witness saw everything and called 911. Westminster police officer Steven Bare came to...
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Engineer Accuses Google of Gender Discrimination

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Date25 Sep 2019
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Ulku Rowe has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Google, alleging that the company hired her at a lower level than she deserved and paid her less than male peers. Rowe was hired at Google in the Cloud platform division as an engineer in May 2017. She claims she had enough experience to be hired for a Level 9 director position. Her hiring manager told her that everyone hired for her role was put in Level 8. According to the lawsuit, a Level 8 position that pays hundreds of thousands dollars less every year than a Level 9 position. The suit...
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Convicted Drug Dealer Sues Over Excessive Force

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Date24 Sep 2019
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Danny Terry, who has been convicted of dealing drugs, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Muncie Police Department, claiming that a police officer severely injured him while he was serving as an informant. In September 2017, Terry was arrested on drug-related charges and then agreed to act as an informant in an investigation of his uncle, Jerry Lee Parks. According to the lawsuit, Muncie police officers instructed Terry to “visit (Parks’) home and, while inside, to engage the target in conversation related to drug trafficking.” When SWAT team members raided Parks’ house, Terry complied with an order to lie...
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Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit for Arresting Homeless

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Date24 Sep 2019
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The ACLU of Florida, Southern Legal Counsel and pro bono attorney Andy Pozzuto have filed a lawsuit against the city of Ocala to call into question the city’s policies for banning homeless people from sleeping in public areas. The lawsuit says that arresting homeless people who sleep or rest in outdoor areas is cruel and unusual punishment and violates their civil rights. The suit adds that it’s unconstitutional to criminalize the homeless for “engaging in life-sustaining conduct essential to survival.” Jacqueline Azis from the ACLU Foundation of Florida said she hopes city officials will recognize that how they treat their...
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Woman Injured from Lime Scooter Files Lawsuit

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Date23 Sep 2019
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Paula Speer has filed filed a lawsuit against Neutron Holdings, Ninebot and Segway after she suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries when she was thrown off a Lime scooter on June 14. Speer said that she doesn’t have memority of it, but knows what happened. She claims she hit her head on the road when she was thrown off from the scooter. Although the Lime user agreement said that riders should wear helmets, Speer said that she didn’t see the agreement because she was sharing a scooter with friends. “They don’t provide helmets at all,” said Paula’s husband,...
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Family of Woman Fatally Struck, Sue Driver

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Date23 Sep 2019
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The family of Lucinda Rondon-Stanley, who was struck and killed by a minivan last week in Deerfield, have filed a lawsuit against the driver and his company. According to the lawsuit, Rondon-Stanley picked up a cake Friday at Deerfields Bakery for her daughter’s 21st birthday as she was hit by a 2008 Honda Odyssey. Several witnesses said that the 53-year-old woman was still alive and crying out for help after she was hit by the minivan in the parking lot by the owner of an adjacent business. Deerfield police said that the driver of the minivan didn’t stop after striking...
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Former Jackson County 911 Dispatcher Sues County

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Date20 Sep 2019
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Shannon Caknipe, a former Jackson County 911 dispatcher, has filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming they did nothing to stop the sexual harassment she faced at work. Caknipe began working as a dispatcher for Jackson County in 2008 and left in May 2016 after a leave of absence. According to the lawsuit, Caknipe dealt with “offensive and vulgar sexual and gender-based conduct, actions, encounters, innuendos and jokes,” at work for four years. “We feel our case is a very strong case,” Caknipe’s lawyer William Tishkoff said. “In my history – and I’ve done a lot of sexual harassment hostile...
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Woman Sues Lyft for Kidnapping and Rape

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Date19 Sep 2019
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Alison Turkos has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, claiming she was kidnapped at gunpoint and raped by her Lyft driver two years ago in New York City. According to the lawsuit, Turkos first felt something was wrong when her driver started going in the wrong direction. She thought he might have been trying to scam her out of $20 or $30. However, Turkos realized she might be in serious danger when her driver started acting more aggressively. When the car stopped at a light, she tried to open the door to get out, but the child lock was on. She...
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Pet Stores Challenge Maryland’s Ban on Pet Sales

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Date19 Sep 2019
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Several pets stores in Maryland have filed a lawsuit to block a state law that will prevent them from selling commercially bred dogs and cats. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed the legislation into law in April 2018. The first law of this kind took effect in California in January. The law makes it illegal for pet stores to sell a dog, cat or rabbit unless it came from an animal shelter or rescue group. Maryland’s law encourages animal welfare organizations to work together with retail pet stores to showcase cats and dogs for adoption or purchase from local breeders....
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Parents Sue Elementary School for Sexual Assault

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Date18 Sep 2019
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The parents of a first-grade girl have filed a lawsuit against Hoover City Schools in Alabama, alleging they didn’t do anything to stop their daughter from being sexually assaulted by her classmates. According to the lawsuit, a group of first-grade girls, referred to as the “Harassing Girls,” sexually assaulted the then 6-year-old girl, identified as Jane Doe, during the 2017-18 school year at Trace Crossings Elementary School. The suit claims the Harassing Girls assaulted the girl by “holding her while they pulled her pants and underwear down” and groped her. Additionally, according to the lawsuit, the perpetrators “took her into...
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Women Sue Former Dialysis Center Manager

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Date18 Sep 2019
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Four women have filed a lawsuit against Michael Klusmeyer, a former Glenview Dialysis Center manager, alleging he filmed them while they undressed and used the bathroom at the facility. According to the lawsuit, Klusmeyer put a motion-activated camera in the women’s restroom at the facility. The suit says he “used his camera to record, capture, view and distribute video of women undressing and using the bathroom.” Jeffrey Kulwin, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said it’s believed that more than 75 people used the bathroom while the camera was inside. “I think what the women are seeking in this...
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Woman Sues Disneyland for $3 Million

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Date17 Sep 2019
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Sarah Andrews has filed a $3 million lawsuit against Disneyworld, claiming she suffered a serious head injury while getting off the Space Mountain ride. The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred in December 2017. Andrews was riding Space Mountain when the ride malfunctioned, causing her ride vehicle to be rerouted to a maintenance tunnel. As she got off the ride, a Disneyland cast member reportedly told the riders to look down and watch their step. However, he didn’t tell them about the low ceiling. Andrews said she then violently hit her head on the ceiling. She experienced pain,...
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Inmate Claims Guards Threatened to Hang Him

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Date17 Sep 2019
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Corrionne Lawrence, a former Cuyahoga County inmate, has filed a lawsuit against Cuyahoga County and several corrections officers, alleging that officers beat him, threatened to hang him and make it look like a suicide. According to the lawsuit, the beatings began after Lawrence was booked into the jail on Sept. 16, 2018 for a probation violation. He initially answered the officers’ questions in Spanish, which allegedly made them angry. They put him in a restraint chair for four hours as a punishment for speaking Spanish. Once he was booked, Lawrence told the officers that he shouldn’t be in the same...
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Kansas School District Plans to Sue E-cigarettes

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Date16 Sep 2019
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The Goddard Public School District in Kansas plans to file a lawsuit against the e-cigarette and vaping industry in hopes of stopping the health crisis caused by e-cigarettes and vaping among children and teenagers. The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next few weeks and is thought to be the first of its kind. Goddard Superintendent Justin Henry said that studies have concluded that 1 in 5 highschoolers and 1 in 20 middle schoolers used e-cigarettes last year. “It’s a big issue. It’s [children] doing it, how it’s impacting their brain now and in the future, how much...
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Family Sues Police for Shooting Their Service Dogs

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Date16 Sep 2019
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A family has filed a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and its police department, claiming that police permanently wounded their two service dogs and then tried to hide it. The lawsuit stems back to an incident that occurred on July 8, 2017. Jennifer LeMay’s burglar alarm went off at 8:42 p.m. Just twelve minutes later, she called Xfinity to let them know there was an error. Police officers Michael Mays and Daniel Ledman arrived to LeMay’s home at about 9:15 p.m. The lawsuit says that Lendman went to the front door and Mays jumped the fence into the backyard....
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Former Trainer Sues Antonio Brown for Raping Her

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Date13 Sep 2019
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Britney Taylor has filed a lawsuit against New England Patriots player Antonio Brown, claiming he raped her on three separate occasions. Taylor, who used to be Brown’s trainer, said Brown exposed his penis to her and then forcibly grabbed and kissed her in the first incident at his home in June 2017. “Because her professional relationship with Brown was important and because she took it seriously, Ms. Taylor willed herself to brush off the episode, hoping that Brown would stop pursuing her,” the lawsuit states. Later that month, Brown allegedly started masturbating behind Taylor and ejaculated on her back as...
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Justin Fairfax Sues CBS for Defamation

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Date13 Sep 2019
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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has filed a defamation lawsuit against CBS News, claiming that the network published false statements by two women who said he sexually assaulted them. The lawsuit stems from accusations from two separate women. One of the women, Vanessa Tyston, a college professor, said that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in a Boston hotel in 2004. The second woman, Meredith Watson, said that Fairfax raped her while the two were students at Duke University in 2000. The two women made their allegations public and did interviews with CBS News in February. Fairfax has repeatedly denied...
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Inmate Alleges She Was Beaten to Near Death

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Date12 Sep 2019
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Cheryl Weimar, an inmate at the Lowell Correctional Institution, has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections, claiming she was beaten nearly to death by prison guards. The incident occurred on August 21. Weimar was asked to clean a toilet at the Lowell facility as part of a work detail even though she had a pre-existing hip condition that prevented her from being able to do this job. She allegedly requested and was denied a “reasonable accommodation for her physical disability in connection with her prison work assignment” and “a confrontation ensued.” “Under FDC policy and procedure, prison...
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Former Students Sue University of Illinois

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Date12 Sep 2019
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Two former students have filed a lawsuit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, alleging they didn’t do anything to stop a former professor from assaulting, bullying and raping them. According to the lawsuit, Gary Gang Xu specifically targeted female Chinese students, who frequently depended on the university for their visa status. The lawsuit centers around Xu’s relationship with an undergraduate student, Xingjian Sun. They first met in the spring of 2013 and he agreed to be Sun’s instructor for an independent study course. The suit claims Xu berated Sun, kept her away from her friends and told her to...
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Mother Sues Kentucky Elementary School

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Date11 Sep 2019
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The mother of a female sixth-grade student has filed a lawsuit against Newport Independent Schools in Kentucky, alleging that they didn’t protect her daughter from her teacher’s sexual advances. According to the lawsuit, Stephen Loder, who resigned from Newport Independent Schools in September 2018, called the female student “beautiful” and “baby”, rubbed her buttocks and legs and rubbed his groin against her back. The suit also claims Loder also demanded other female students in his class to give him hugs and put their faces near his groin. The lawsuit states that the student is dealing with “extensive mental and physical...
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Chick-fil-A Supporters Sue San Antonio for Ban

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Date11 Sep 2019
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Several Chick-fil-A supporters have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for banning the fast food chain from opening up shop in a local airport. In March, six members of the San Antonio City Council denied the inclusion of Chick-fil-A from the new Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement for the local airport because of the chain’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” “With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we...
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North Carolina Police Officer Sues for Discrimination

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Date09 Sep 2019
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Manuel Torres has filed a lawsuit against a lawsuit against the Lee County Sheriff’s office, claiming he was fired because he refused to train a new female hire because his religious beliefs do not let him work alone with females. Torres worked as a deputy for Lee County Sheriff for five years when his boss asked him to train a female deputy in July 2017. He asked his boss to excuse him of this duty because he “holds the strong and sincere religious belief that the Holy Bible prohibits him, as a married man, from being alone for extended periods...
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Banker Drugged and Sexually Assaulted Woman

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Date09 Sep 2019
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A woman has filed a lawsuit against Chicago banker Thomas Kane, accusing him of drugging her drink and sexually assaulting her while she was on a trip to Italy. According to the lawsuit, Kane met Sahra Ilsa days before the alleged incident. Isla and her two friends had difficulty finding a hotel during the busy tourist season in Italy. Kane, who was friends with one of the women, offered for them to stay in a separate room in his hotel suite. They said yes. A couple nights later, Kane and Isla went to a nightclub with her two friends and...
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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Predator Control Program

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Date06 Sep 2019
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Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop a government program that kills predators, including coyotes, mountain lions and bears, in ways the groups claim are cruel and ineffective. The lawsuit challenges a U.S. Department of Agricultural sponsored program where Wildlife Services kills animals with strangulation snares, leg-hold traps poisons and guns. Just last year, the program killed almost 1.5 million animals nationwide. The suit claims that the program’s Sacramento District practices are illegal because they are based on an environmental assessment that’s over 20 years old and “can no longer be reasonably relied upon without...
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Family of Double Murder Suspect Sued

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Date06 Sep 2019
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The mother and maternal grandparents of Connor Kerner, who is accused of a double murder, are facing a lawsuit. The mother of one of the murder victims, 19-year-old Molley Lanham, filed the lawsuit, claiming that Kerner’s grandparents, Christine and Gerald Dye, didn’t properly secure their guns at their property where the shooting occurred. On Feb. 25, the couple went out of town and gave Connor Kerner and his mother Roxann Kerner access to their home to watch their dog. According to the lawsuit, Lanham drove her friend, Thomas Grill Jr., to Dye’s property that day to meet Kerner. When they...
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Woman’s Employer Fired Her for Using Crutches

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Date05 Sep 2019
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota payroll company on behalf of Shannon Enstad, who alleges she was fired because she had to use crutches after a knee surgery. In February 2018, Enstad tore her anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that’s covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. By April 30, 2018, her doctor cleared her to return to work as an account manager at Employer Solutions Group, LLC with the use of crutches. According to the lawsuit, the company said that Enstad wasn’t 100% from the surgery and that she would “without any...
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Lyft Sued for Not Protecting Passengers

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Date05 Sep 2019
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Fourteen people have filed a lawsuit against Lyft, claiming the ride-hailing company fails to protect passengers against sexual assault and sexual harrassment. According to the lawsuit, Lyft knew that drivers were sexually assaulting female passengers as early as 2015, but it “continues to hire drivers without performing adequate background checks” or implement “reasonable driver monitoring procedures.” “Unfortunately, there have been many sexual assaults much worse than the ones suffered by plaintiffs as alleged herein, where victims have been attacked and traumatized after they simply contracted with Lyft for a safe ride home,” the suit says. One of the plaintiffs in...
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Nash County Jail Sued for Civil Rights Violations

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Date04 Sep 2019
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Jamey Lamont Wilkins, an inmate at the Nash County Jail, has filed a lawsuit against the jail. He claims the conditions at the jail violate his constitutional rights. Wilkins says that conditions at the Nash County Jail are “beyond deplorable.” He claims that his due process rights were violated when he was put in segregation without the ability to defend himself. “Nash County has no disciplinary process period, so at the whim of any staff we can get punished without any way of refuting accusations against us,” Wilkins wrote. Wilkins then described how awful the conditions in the isolation cells...
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Deaf Woman Denied Service at Burger King

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Date04 Sep 2019
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Rachel Hollis, who is deaf, has plans to file a lawsuit against Burger King after she was allegedly denied service at the drive-thru window. In August, Hollis said that she pulled up to the drive-thru window of a Burger King in Oklahoma City and handed an employee a handwritten note with her order. She claims he refused to take it because it was too busy and that he couldn’t do a full order at the window. When she refused to leave, the man reportedly came back and started arguing with her. Hollis video recorded the incident, which shows the employee...
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Google Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

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Date03 Sep 2019
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Chelsey Glasson, who used to work for Google, says she plans to file a lawsuit against the company for allegedly discriminating against her while she was pregnant. Glasson wrote a memo earlier this month explaining why she was leaving Google after having her second baby. She alleged that her manager made inappropriate comments about pregnant women and retaliated against her after she reached out to the human resource’s department to get help. When Glasson told her manager that she wanted to take an early maternity leave following her doctor’s advice, the manager allegedly questioned the value of bedrest. “During one...
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Teen Claims Juul Labs Enticed Him With Candy Flavors

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Date03 Sep 2019
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Thomas McCullough has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs, alleging that the e-cigarette giant got his teenage son hooked on e-cigarettes. According to the lawsuit, Juul Labs could have developed a product with lower levels of nicotine that was not as attractive to teenagers, such as that the product came in candy flavors. The suit also alleges that the company could have designed “an e-cigarette that did not gratuitously flash rainbow colors when waved around.” The lawsuit says that when McCullough’s son, William, took his first Juul hit, the e-cigarettes had already been taken out of the package. The Juul...
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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572M

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Date30 Aug 2019
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Judge Thad Balkman ruled Monday that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million for its role in creating an opioid crisis in Oklahoma. According to state attorneys, approximately 6,000 people died from opioid overdoses in Oklahoma since 2000. Johnson & Johnson reportedly provided 60 percent of the opiate ingredients that drug companies use for addictive painkillers. “Those actions compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans. The opioid crisis is an imminent danger and menace to Oklahomans,” Judge Balkman said. During the trial, attorneys for the state argued that Johnson & Johnson carried out a years-long marketing campaign that...
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Physical Therapist Accused of Sexual Abuse

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Date30 Aug 2019
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Elaina Sorrentino has filed a lawsuit against N.Y. Be Well Medical, alleging that she was sexually abused by a physical therapist who worked there. According to the lawsuit, Sorrentino went into N.Y. Be Well Medical for a back injury three times over the winter where she was treated by physical therapist Ronald Labayen. She said that he reached under her clothes, groped her butt and rubbed her anus while massaging her. Sorrentino was appalled and immediately asked Labayen what he was doing. He told her it was part of her treatment. “I just flipped out,” Sorrentino said. “I said, ‘What...
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Florida City Dismisses Lawsuit for Thousands in Fines

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Date29 Aug 2019
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The city of Dunedin, Florida has decided to drop their lawsuit against a woman who owed more than $100,000 in code enforcement fines at a house she didn’t own anymore. Kristi Allen was fined $103,559 for overgrown vegetation and a dirty swimming pool at a house she let the bank have more than eight years ago. The city’s lawyers didn’t provide a reason for why they’re dismissing the lawsuit, which was filed late last year. It’s also not clear whether or not the city plans to collect the fines through other means. The dismissal comes a month after USA TODAY...
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ACLU of Maine Sues Stop Yarmouth Ban

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Date29 Aug 2019
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The ACLU of Maine has filed a lawsuit to challenge Yarmouth, Maine’s ban on town employees running for office. The lawsuit argues that the change violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Zachary Heiden, legal director for the ACLU of Maine, said that the amendment, which bans municipal or school employees from being elected to Town Council, is counter to established precedent that protects the right of individuals “to campaign for public office, to serve in public office, and to vote for one’s preferred candidate.” Town Councilor Meghan Casey, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that a...
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Couple Sue Hospital for Misplacing Miscarried Baby

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Date28 Aug 2019
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Tiffany Griffin and Chad Greaves have filed a lawsuit against Bryn Mawr Hospital, accusing them misplacing the remains of their miscarried baby. When Griffin was just 18 weeks pregnant, she found out that her baby wasn’t going to make it. The baby has been diagnosed with several genetic disorders and would likely be miscarried. After Griffin lost the baby she wrote her name on several forms releasing the remains to a funeral home in Upper Darby, close to the couple’s home. According to the lawsuit, the hospital mistakenly gave Donohue Funeral Home Griffin’s placenta, and the funeral home didn’t verify...
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Ex-Wife Revenge-Porn Victim Awarded $3.2 Million

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Date28 Aug 2019
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Elizabeth Clark was awarded $3.2 million against her Army officer ex-husband and his girlfriend in a revenge-porn lawsuit. Clark alleged that her ex-husband Adam Clark posted a topless photo of her Facebook and to the Kik dating and hookup app that she had sent them when they were still in a relationship. He also posted unflattering photos of her on Facebook of her in her undergarments that she had made when trying to lose weight. Clark also said that he stalked her and spread lies about her, including that she had herpes and suffered from an eating disorder. Clark was...
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Evanston Township H.S. Sued for Sexual Abuse

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Date22 Aug 2019
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The family of an Evanston Township High School student who claims she was sexually assaulted by two security guards have filed a lawsuit against the school. According to the lawsuit, the security guards made inappropriate cell phone calls and text messages, sent pornographic photos and encouraged students to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. The suit also alleges that one of the guards had sex with one female student more than 40 times in various locations. The lawsuit accuses the school district of not doing enough to stop the abuse. In February, one of the guards, Michael B. Haywood was arrested...
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NYC Sued for Police Scuffle at Marcy Houses

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Date22 Aug 2019
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Five people who were in the middle of a police brawl at Marcy Houses housing in Brooklyn plan to file a lawsuit against the city and NYPD. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred around 11 p.m. on Saturday when police officers responded to reports of a large and unruly crowd at the housing project. Officers said that tenants were holding an annual Marcy Day event. However, when officers tried to break up the event, the crowd got violent, according to the NYPD. They arrested four people, including a 17-year-old accused of head-butting a cop. Jeffrey Lloyd, Ron Fernandez...
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Parents Sue Texas School District for Sharpie Incident

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Date21 Aug 2019
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Dante Trice and Angela Washington have filed a lawsuit against the Pearland Independent School District in Texas after faculty members allegedly coloring in their son J.T.’s fade haircut with a black Sharpie marker. According to the lawsuit, the 13-year-old boy got a fade haircut with a design line on April 16 that that resembled an M. As stated in the lawsuit, “The haircut did not depict anything violent, gang-related, obscene or otherwise offensive or inappropriate in any manner. J.T. did not believe the haircut violated any school policy.” However, the next day, principal Tony Barcelona told J.T. that he had...
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3 Women Sue Epstein’s Estate Over Alleged Rapes

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Date21 Aug 2019
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Three women have filed lawsuits against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, claiming that he raped them or subjected them to other forced sex acts. The women explained in separate lawsuits how Epstein entered their lives and changed them forever. They claimed he dangled his connections to political and business leaders around the world while he promised to advance their careers in exchange for sexual servitude. One woman said she was 17 and an aspiring dancer when one of Epstein’s associates asked her to teach a class in Epstein’s home in 2002. She was intrigued by his connections with New York’s major dance...
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ICE Accused of Poor Care in Detention Centers

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Date20 Aug 2019
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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and other civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly providing inadequate medical and mental health care at migrant detention facilities. According to the lawsuit, ICE has failed to provide appropriate medical and mental health care at the 158 facilities it runs around the country. Plaintiffs claim that they were provided with inadequate care at the facilities they reside at. One plaintiff in the lawsuit says that he lost vision in his left eye after not receiving surgery recommended by a doctor. Another plaintiff claims that...
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Former Servers Sue the Chimes Restaurant

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Date20 Aug 2019
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Three former servers have filed a lawsuit against The Chimes, alleging that managers and owners of the restaurant pressured them to work without pay for multiple hours every week. The lawsuit filed by Karly Kyzar, Sarah Little and Elizabeth Pruitt claims that the managers and owners of the restaurant are aware of the “thousands of uncompensated hours worked by their servers.” “Over the years, their scheme has resulted in a huge savings in labor costs for The Chimes, enriching defendants at the direct expense of their employees,” lawyers Daniel Davis, Randall Estes and Vivian Jeansonne from Estes Davis Law LLC...
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Four States Sue to Challenge New Green Card Rules

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Date19 Aug 2019
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California, Oregon, Maine and Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to challenge a new law that could deny green cards to immigrants receiving public assistance. The new rules, which are set to take effect in October, are expected to impact over 400,000 people and don’t apply to those who have come to the United States as refugees or asylum seekers. The rules would broaden the range of programs that would disqualify immigrants from receiving green cards if they are deemed a burden to the United States. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the new rules create unnecessary challenges...
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Uber Accident Lawyers 

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Date18 Aug 2019
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Uber seems to be in the news constantly, either due to new initiatives, corporate scandals, or political developments. Presently, a California initiative is working its way through the legislature that would make “gig-economy” workers, like Uber drivers, protected under existing minimum-wage laws. In response, Uber has proposed an optional arrangement in which their drivers, currently statues under employment law as independent contractors, would be guaranteed minimum earnings of $21 per hour, with the benefits of regular employees. The new idea comes with a catch: the earning amount would only be triggered while drivers were either carrying passengers or on their...
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American Airlines Mistreated Emotional Support Dog

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Date16 Aug 2019
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Avigail Diveroli has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines, alleging that they confined her emotional support dog in a bathroom. Diveroli, who claims she suffers from severe anxiety and requires an emotional support animal, said she called the airline twice ahead of time and that they assured her that her dog, Simba could sit in business class with her and her family. However, things didn’t go so smoothly when Diveroli got on the plane. The lawsuit claims a flight attendant yelled at Diveroli on the plane and told her that her dog couldn’t be in the cabin because it’s an...
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Austic Boy Sexually Assaulted at Woods Services

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Date15 Aug 2019
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The parents of an austistic boy who lived at Woods Services, a facility for the intellectually disabled, have filed a lawsuit against the facility, alleging their son was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident. The boy’s parents installed a camera in his room to keep an eye on his care. On July 14, a video recording allegedly revealed that a larger teenage boy went into the boy’s room and assaulted him for more than three minutes before an aide intervened. The mother called Woods Services and told them that she was upset that no one notified her about the incident...
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Lawsuit Over Legionnaires’ Outbreak at Atlanta Hotel

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Date14 Aug 2019
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Germany Greer, who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel this summer, filed a lawsuit against the establishment, alleging their negligence led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that killed one person and sickened others. Greer got sick last month after photographing a conference at the hotel from June 27 to July 1. He said that food and water tasted strange to him and then he lost his appetite. He later felt hot and cold and suffered bouts of confusion and fatigue. When Greer went to his son’s house in the middle of July, he started to sweat a lot and couldn’t...
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E-Cigarette Giant Juul Sued for Marketing to Teens

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Date14 Aug 2019
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The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs, claiming the company uses deceptive marketing techniques aimed at teens. Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim also said that Juul violated the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act by marketing their products to teens. “Just like cigarette companies did in the past, Juul preyed on teens by using advertisements that glamorized their product in order to get kids hooked on nicotine,” Nerheim said. “It will take years of education and money to right the wrongs and...
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Nursing Home Workers Post Video of Patient

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Date13 Aug 2019
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The family of a 91-year-old woman with dementia have filed a lawsuit against a suburban Chicago nursing home after a Snapchat video of two caregivers taunting the elderly woman came out. In December 2018, Margaret Collins’ family found out about a video showing an aide shoving a hospital gown toward as she repeatedly resisted. The video was posted on Snapchat with the caption, “Margaret hates gowns.” The lawsuit claims the staff members were aware that she was scared of hospital gowns. Collins’ family informed staff at The Abington of Glenview Nursing & Rehab Center about the video and the two...
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Family of Dead 911 Caller Sues

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Date13 Aug 2019
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The family of Kyle Plush, who died last year after getting trapped between the seats in his minivan, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, claiming there’s a serious problem with their 911 program. On April 10, 2018, the 16-year-old boy became trapped between the eats in his Honda Odyssey as he drove to school. He called 911 twice on his cellphone. Magee, the person who took his call, had difficulty hearing him. She misclassified the call as “unknown trouble” when putting it into the system, even though she knew that he was trapped. “I probably don’t have...
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Skater Accuses Richard Callaghan of Sexual Abuse

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Date12 Aug 2019
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Former competitive figure skater Adam Schmidt has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Olympic coach Richard Callaghan, alleging he repeatedly sexually abused him from 1999 to 2001, beginning when he was just 14 years old. This isn’t the first time Callaghan has been accused of sexual abuse. In 1999, Craig Maurizi, another former skater, said Callaghan sexually abused him from 1977 to 1986. He first filed a grievance in 1999 that included statements from other people who claimed they were abused by Callaghan. Callaghan denied Muarizi’s claims and the federation dismissed his grievance. The federation’s decision to dismiss the grievance, according...
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Lawsuit Filed for 12 Year Old Boy Shot During Raid

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Date09 Aug 2019
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An Illinois mother has filed a lawsuit against the city of Country Club Hills and several police officers after nearly two dozen SWAT officers entered her home during a raid and shot her 12-year-old son in his bed. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on May 26, 2019. Multiple Country Club Hills and Richton Park SWAT officers came into Crystal Worship’s home with exploding flash-grenades and automatic rifles to execute a search warrant intended for her boyfriend. They allegedly “battered open the two entry doors and set off between two and five flash-bang grenades,” and went to the...
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Cincinnati Fertility Clinic Sued for Swapping Sperm

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Date09 Aug 2019
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Jennifer and Joseph Cartellone have filed a lawsuit against the Institute for Reproductive Health and Christ Hospital, after the fertility clinic allegedly swapped Joseph’s sperm with the sperm of a stranger. The couple underwent fertility treatment fertility treatment in 1994 and had their child, Rebecca, later that year. They had no idea that she wasn’t actually their biological child. Last December, Rebecca got DNA test kits from Ancestry.com. Two months later, she got the results back and found out that she wasn’t related to her father. A paternity test confirmed that finding. “Through remarkable perseverance, the Cartellone family has traced...
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Clients Sue North Myrtle Beach Real Estate Company

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Date08 Aug 2019
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Twenty-five property owners who rented condos through Keye Beach Rentals have filed a lawsuit against the parent company, Keye Real Estate after they sold a portion of their business to a man accused of embezzling thousands from clients. According to the lawsuit, Keye Real Estate should have known Walter Pigg had an “unscrupulous history and was financially unfit” to buy and manage Keye Beach Rentals. The suit claims that Keye Real Estate wrongfully gave more than $500,000 of trust funds to Pigg without the property owners’ knowledge or consent. This caused acts of fraud, theft, and damage by Pigg over...
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Hundreds of Men Sue Boys Scouts of America

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Date07 Aug 2019
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Hundreds of men have brought a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, claiming they did nothing to stop sexual predators from abusing young boys for decades. Abused in Scouting, a group that attorneys founded to represent the victims of abuse in the Boy Scouts, said they have about 800 clients who were abused while in the Boy Scouts. The lawsuit says that at least 350 abusers don’t appear in the Boy Scouts’ disciplinary files and cite this as evidence that the organization failed to properly vet its volunteers, as well as that they tried to hide the extent of...
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Dartmouth Settles Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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Date07 Aug 2019
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Dartmouth College agreed to pay nine women who alleged that they were sexually assaulted or harassed by their professors $14.4 million. According to the lawsuit, three Dartmouth professors who taught in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences coerced the plaintiffs into an alcohol and sex saturated party culture in the human behavior lab that they led. The women said that the professors used their power over their students’ academic careers and future careers to keep them from reporting the behavior. The professors accused in the lawsuit — Todd F. Heatherton, William M. Kelley and Paul J. Whalen — either...
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Baltimore County Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Date06 Aug 2019
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Baltimore County has decided to settle a lawsuit for more than $1.1 million brought by the family of Tawon Boyd, who died days after an altercation with county police officers. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on Sept. 18, 2016. Boyd called 911 to assist with what he believed to be an intruder in his home. When a police officer arrived to his home, he found Boyd sweating heavily and looking confused and paranoid. According to the lawsuit, Boyd ran away and attempted to get inside a locked police car. He then ran to a neighbor’s house shouting...
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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Date05 Aug 2019
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The family of Jorge Olguin, who was killed by a security guard at a Red Bird apartment complex last year, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building’s owners, the security guard and the security company that employs him. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on Sept. 1, 2018. Olguin was fatally shot in front of his wife and two children as they were leaving a birthday party. The suit claims that the guard and apartment complex displayed “heedless, reckless and wanton disregard for the rights, welfare and safety of Jorge Olguín.” Olguin’s wife, Vanessa Olguin, said...
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Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Hit With $20M Lawsuit

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Date02 Aug 2019
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Ronnie Hill, whose vehicle was struck by Ezekiel Elliott, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the running back and the Dallas Cowboys. The car accident occurred in January 2017 when Elliott ran a red light and hit Hill’s vehicle. According to the lawsuit, the Cowboys worked with the police “to cover up the severity of the accident to assure that Elliott’s health would not be placed in question before their playoff game.” This isn’t the second complaint Hill filed about the accident. Last year, he filed a lawsuit seeking in excess of $1 million that only listed Elliott as...
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Discrimination Lawsuit Against LSU Health Center

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Date02 Aug 2019
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Two former attorneys for the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans have filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the LSU Board of Supervisors. Katherine Muslow and Meredith Cunningham claim that they were paid unfairly for years. They said that men got paid tens of thousands of dollars more a year than women for the same type of work and experience. Muslow held a position as general counsel and reported to Larry Hollier, chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center. Cunningham was a staff attorney and reported to Muslow. They both asked their superiors for merit-based raises and were then...
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Federal Judge Throws Out DNC Hacking Lawsuit

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Date01 Aug 2019
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Judge John Koeltl decided to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Trump team over hacked Democratic National Committee documents, saying they, “Did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place,” and didn’t have any legal liability for spreading the information. In their lawsuit, the DNC argued that the Trump team’s meetings were with, “Persons connected to the Russian government during the time that the Russian GRU agents were stealing the DNC’s information,” and that this is “circumstantial evidence.” The DNC claimed that Trump’s team was conspiring with the Russians in order to, “-steal and disseminate...
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Transgender Woman Sues Her Insurance Companies

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Date01 Aug 2019
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A transgender woman in Oregon has filed a lawsuit against her insurance companies and employer, alleging that they discriminated against her for not paying for her facial feminization surgery. Christina Ketchman has already had sex reassignment surgery, hormone replacement therapy, changed her name, worked with a voice coach and changed her hairstyle and clothes to look more like a woman. Her doctors also advised for her to undergo facial feminization surgery. Asaf Orr, one of Ketchman’s lawyers, said that the surgery can cost anywhere between $20,000 and $40,000. “Facial feminization surgery is hugely transformative,” Orr said. The World Professional Association...
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Planned Parenthood and ACLU Sue Missouri

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Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri to challenge its eight-week abortion ban. The law was signed in May and is set to take effect August 28. The law would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected in the first weeks of pregnancy, and it does not make any exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Abortion access is already challening in Missouri. Women who wish to have an abortion have to undergo a 72-hour waiting period and receive state-mandated counseling to discourage them from getting the procedure. Other...
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