Don’t rent an electric scooter unless you know who’s responsible in an accident It seems every street corner in Washington, DC now has a bicycle, motor-assisted bicycle, or electric scooter available for rent. Getting a lift can take nothing more than a few taps on a smartphone. It’s not uncommon to see a dozen or more people using these personal mobility devices within the space of a few city blocks. With an ever-more-crowded city and public transportation that is often unreliable, the new trend presents a welcome alternative. But the trend is not without its dangers. Pedestrians can and have...Read More →
Illinois Attorney General Sues Suburban Bus Company Over Alleged Discrimination The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against private bus company Suburban Express Monday, accusing the company of discriminating against its customers. According to the lawsuit, Suburban Express, which mainly serves the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has shown prejudice toward its Asian customers through advertisements, including one that said, “Passengers like you. You won’t feel like you’re in China when you’re on our buses.” The University of Illinois immediately criticized the advertisement, claiming it was racist. Days later, Madigan issued a subpoena for documents that would help...Read More →
Parkland Massacre Survivors Sue County for Allegedly Violating Their Civil Rights Several Parkland, Fla. shooting survivors have filed a federal lawsuit against Broward County, the school’s superintendent and members of the local law enforcement, claiming they didn’t protect the students. According to the lawsuit, several school and county officials violated the students’ constitutional rights when they failed to properly safeguard Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Four of the five counts in the lawsuit have to do with the school resource officer Scot Peterson’s behavior before the shooting. The lawsuit claims he conducted a search of several students’...Read More →
Family of Boy Shot Dead for Holding a Toy Gun File Lawsuit The family members of a 13-year-old boy who was killed by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in 2013 for holding a toy gun have filed a lawsuit against the county In October 2013, deputy Erick Gelhaus and another deputy Michael Schemmel saw Andy Lopez walking on a sidewalk and thought that he was carrying an AK-47. The orange tip, which would have identified the gun as a toy, had been removed. They stopped their car and Gelhaus shouted to drop the gun. Lopez then turned around, stilling holding the...Read More →
Patient Sues Newark Psychotherapist Over Alleged Sexual Abuse A woman has filed a lawsuit against Sachin Karnik, owner of Psychotherapeutic Meditation Center in Newark for allegedly taking advantage of her mental condition and sexually abusing her during therapy sessions. According to the lawsuit, Karnik treated the patient for depression and past abuse with meditation and psychotherapy between July and November 2014. However, their relationship wasn’t like the typical patient-therapist relationship. She had dinner at his mother’s house and went on social outings with him. After a month of treatment, Karnik reportedly persuaded her to remove her clothes and straddle his...Read More →
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