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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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Date07 Jan 2020
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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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Family of Man Who Died After Traffic Stop Sue Police

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Date06 Jan 2020
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The family members of Francisco DeJesus, who died after a traffic stop in downtown Buffalo in June 2018, have filed a lawsuit against Buffalo police, alleging they contributed to his death. Authorities said they believed DeJesus was in possession of cocaine and swallowed it during a traffic stop. The bag of cocaine got stuck in DeJesus’s esophagus and he was taken to the hospital where it was removed by hospital staff. District Attorney John J. Flynn said that it wasn’t clear then if he choked on the bag or whether or not the substance in the bag contributed to his...
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Homebuyers Sue Reality T.V. Show, Windy City Rehab

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Date06 Jan 2020
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James and Anna Morrissey, who purchased a $1.36 million home featured on the reality show “Windy City Rehab,” have filed a lawsuit against the show’s hosts to force them to take the home back, which allegedly has shoddy work. The couple claim that just one day after they closed on the luxury home in Lincoln Square, an upper-floor shower leaked gallons of water into the kitchen and ceiling below. Things continued to get worse after that. The roof and windows started to leak, the door was crooked and large areas of masonry started to crumble. The show’s episode about the...
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Teachers Sue Sterigenics for Causing Cancer

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Date03 Jan 2020
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Six former Hinsdale South High School teachers have filed a lawsuit against Sterigenics, an industrial sterilization company, claiming that the company’s toxic emissions gave them cancer. Five of the plaintiffs allege the emissions resulted in their breast cancer diagnoses while one teacher claims it caused her to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The teachers worked at Hinsdale South High School mostly in the 80’s and 90’s and had no family history of cancer. They believe their close proximity to the plant led to their diagnoses. “I’ve been doing these cases for 20 years and [have] never seen a station with a facility...
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Prisoners Sue for Being Denied Hepatitis C Treatment

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Date03 Jan 2020
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Several Nevada prisoners have filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging that prison staff haven’t provided them with necessary treatment for hepatitis C. Nevada is one of the dozen states where prison officials have denied or limited access to hepatitis C medication due to the high cost. One round of treatment can cost up to $30,000. Elizabeth Carley, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that she suffered liver damage, fatigue and stomach pain from hepatitis C. She went to prison in 2012 after getting convicted of theft and forgery. Two years later, she was diagnosed with the disease....
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Ring and Amazon Sued in $5 Million Lawsuit

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Date02 Jan 2020
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John Baker Orange of Alabama has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ring and its parent company Amazon. It claims the companies didn’t do enough to secure their camera systems against cyberattacks. Orange said he bought the Ring outdoor camera in July to add extra security for his wife and three young children. When their two kids were playing basketball, a strange voice came through the camera’s speakers and addressed the children. “Recently, Mr. Orange’s children were playing basketball when a voice came on through the camera’s two-way speaker system,” the lawsuit explains. “An unknown person engaged with Mr. Orange’s children,...
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Former Foster Children Sue for Abuse

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Date02 Jan 2020
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Four former foster children have filed a lawsuit against their former foster parents and the state of Massachusetts, claiming they endured years of physical and sexual abuse. The plaintiffs allege that they suffered beatings, verbal abuse and sexual molestation while they lived in Susan and Raymond Blouin’s home. They claim that the state of Massachusetts knew about how unsafe the home was, but continued to let foster children live there. “This case is about a Massachusetts Department of Social Services-approved foster care home, the systemic torture of four minor children that occurred there for over a decade, and DSS’ deliberate...
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Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Elitist Green Card Rule

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Date27 Dec 2019
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Several organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to challenge new restrictions for green card seekers who may need government assistance to pay for food and health care. The lawsuit claims that the rules discriminate against people who are generally self-reliant, but may be disqualified from getting a green card if they or their family members have received public assistance. The suit seeks to block the State Department from moving forward with its public charge rules, and specifically singles out Trump’s October decree “Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially...
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More Women Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Sexual Assault

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Date27 Dec 2019
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Two more women have filed lawsuits against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, claiming that he and others sexually assaulted them when they were underage. The plaintiffs, identified as Jane Doe 3 and Jane Doe 4, claim that Eipstein, who committed suicide in prison in August, sexually abused them decades ago in New York City and South Carolina. Jane Doe 3 claims that Epstein took photos of her in her underwear and then pinned her against the wall and sexuall assaulted her. She was about 15 years old at the time and was an aspiring model in New York City. He represented himself...
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U of Arizona Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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Date26 Dec 2019
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The University of Arizona has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Dr. Katrina Miranda, a tenured associate professor who alleged she faced gender discrimination at the university. Miranda, who teaches in the university’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, claimed that there’s a pattern of systematic discrimination against female faculty members in UA’s College of Science. In a joint statement from the regents and Miranda, she said she brought the lawsuit to “highlight the importance of gender equity in the sciences and both parties reaffirm the continuing importance of this issue.” “The University recognizes the Plaintiff’s contributions...
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Former ‘60 Minutes’ Reporter Sues for Defamation

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Date26 Dec 2019
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  Former ‘60 Minutes’ reporter Lara Logan has filed a $25 million defamation lawsuit against New York Media and writer Joe Hagan, for an article published five years ago, titled, “Benghazi and the Bombshell.” The piece came after a report Logan made on 60 Minutes in 2013, about the 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The story was retracted when it was discovered that a key interview included false information from British security contact Dylan Davies, about his actions on the night of the attack on Sept. 11,...
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Human Trafficking Lawsuits Against Hotel Chains

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Date23 Dec 2019
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Several lawyers have filed lawsuits against multiple hotel chains, accusing them of not doing anything to stop human trafficking on their premises. They have requested for a federal panel to consolidate at least 21 lawsuits pending in 11 states into a single case in federal court in Columbus. “Human traffickers have capitalized on the hospitality industry’s refusal to adopt and implement industry-wide standards and anti-trafficking policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, training hotel staff on how to identify obvious and well-known signs of sex trafficking,” according to a court filing earlier this month seeking to consolidate the cases....
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Teen Brain Damaged From Breast Augmentation Sues

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Date23 Dec 2019
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The family of an 18-year-old who suffered brain damage during breast augmentation have filed a lawsuit. The family members of Emmalyn Nguyen, who suffered cardiac arrest during breast augmentation and is now brain damaged, have filed a lawsuit against her plastic surgeon and nurse anesthesiologist. Nguyen, 18, underwent breast implant surgery performed by Dr. Geofrey Kim on Aug. 1. “I was fine with it,” said Nguyen’s mother, Lynn Fam. “To us, it felt safe. We didn’t think anything like this was going to happen to our daughter.” The lawsuit alleges that Nguyen was left unattended for 15 minutes after she...
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Frontier Faces Class-Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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Date19 Dec 2019
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Frontier Airlines is facing a class-action lawsuit for alleged sexual assaults Lief Cabraser and co-counsel filed a class-action lawsuit against Frontier Airlines on behalf of two women who claim the airline didn’t prevet, report or respond to the sexual assaults of passengers. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who wants to be referred to as Jane Doe, claims that she was sexually assaulted by another passenger on a flight from Denver to Florida in 2018. “This was a red-eye flight. She was asleep. She had the blanket over her, and the passenger next to her stuck his hand under...
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Michigan Sues Opioid Distributors as Drug Dealers

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Date19 Dec 2019
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The state of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Walgreens under a liability law that’s generally used against drug dealers. State Attorney General Dana Nessel said the lawsuit is unique because it targets distributors under a 1994 state law that was created to fight illegal drug trafficking. The law allows people and government entities to sue drug dealers for damages. Nessel claims the defendants “all used their licenses to distribute controlled substances in Michigan as a cover for what is essentially a criminal enterprise. They knowingly and deliberately distributed drugs in our state without controls....
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Memphis Employees Sue AT&T for Noose Incident

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Date18 Dec 2019
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Nine former Memphis AT&T warehouse employees have filed a lawsuit against the company for firing them after a white supervisor allegedly threw a noose at a black manager. According to the lawsuit, supervisor Bruce Allman made a noose and tossed it at Earnest Johnson during a 2017 meeting about the consequences of improving performance and finding two missing iPhones at the Capleville-area warehouse. The plaintiffs, including Johnson, said they were terminated after making complaints against Allman. The company launched an internal investigation that cleared Allman of any wrongdoing. Allman and Johnson both said Allman was making a joke about the...
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Breastfeeding Lawsuit with the Naz Settled

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Date18 Dec 2019
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Amy Marchant has settled a lawsuit she brought against The Naz – Brighton’s Nazarene Church, who allegedly shamed her for breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred in June 2018. Marchant was breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter while watching her 4-year-old twins in the church’s worship area. She said church staff members criticized her for breastfeeding inside the church. Marchant met with then lead pastor Ben Walls Sr. shortly after to discuss the incident. “Plaintiff was told her action of nursing her child was immodest and could cause men to lust and stumble. Essentially, Plaintiff was...
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Wells Fargo Settles Discriminatory Lending Lawsuit

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Date17 Dec 2019
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Wells Fargo will pay $10 million to the city of Philadelphia to settle a lawsuit that accused the bank of participating in discriminatory lending practices against black people and other minorities. The lawsuit alleged that Philadelphia suffered economic damages due to Wells Fargo’s long standing practice of intentionally steering minority borrowers in Philadelphia into mortgage loans with higher costs and risks compared to mortgage loans for white borrowers. The suit also claimed that Wells Fargo had a policy that didn’t extend credit to minority borrowers seeking to refinance their loans while offering those opportunities to white borrowers. Under the settlement,...
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Student Sues Westminster College for Discrimination

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Date17 Dec 2019
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Katrina Cleaveland has filed a lawsuit against Westminster College for alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Cleaveland, who suffers from a degenerative condition that resulted in hearing loss, said that Westminster College’s student housing department made her feel like a bother for being deisabled and using a service dog for help. She said that the school stuck her with different roommates who were allergic to dogs, forcing her to move eight different times. “The reasons were always just ridiculous as to why I had to move,” Cleaveland said. “The whole school doesn’t have dog allergies, you know? There’s got to be...
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Frontier Airlines Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

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Date16 Dec 2019
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Female pilots and flight attendants have filed a lawsuit against Frontier Airlines, alleging that the airline discriminated against them when they were pregnant and breastfeeding. The lawsuit alleges the women “found themselves faced with mounting obstacles once they became pregnant that forced them to make impossible choices between their families and their livelihood.” According to the lawsuit, Frontier forced them to take unpaid leave while they were pregnant and didn’t make it possible for them to pump breast milk while working. “Frontier’s failure to account for Plaintiff’s needs related to pregnancy and breastfeeding caused them to suffer serious penalties, both...
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Fox Nation Host Sues Fox for Sexual Harassment

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Date13 Dec 2019
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Britt McHenry, a host for Fox News’ streaming service, Fox Nation, has filed a lawsuit against the network, accusing them of retaliating against her after she accused her former co-host of sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, McHenry’s former co-host George “Tyrus” Murdoch displayed “volatile and unpredictable behavior” at work and started sending her sexually suggestive text messages in October 2018. “I love pony tails and braids you look amazing and it’s a real turn on not that you care but I love it,” one of the text messages read. “The picture looks so good I would knock up the...
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Pharmacies Sued for Denying the Morning After Pill

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Date13 Dec 2019
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Andrea Anderson of McGregor, Minnesota, has filed a lawsuit against Thrifty White Pharmacy and CVS, alleging they refused to fill her prescription for emergency contraception. Anderson obtained a prescription for the morning after pill Ella in January after experiencing a condom failure with her long-term partner. After she called in the prescription at Thrifty White Pharmacy, she received a call soon after from a pharmacist who told her he couldn’t fill it due to his personal beliefs. After Anderon complained to the pharmacy’s owner, she was told that this wasn’t the first time the pharmacist, who is also the local...
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Colorado State Law is Challenged in a Lawsuit

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Date12 Dec 2019
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Family law and child welfare lawyer Jessica Peck has filed a lawsuit to challenge Colorado’s law that protects child welfare workers accused of misconduct. Peck said that the current law prevents her and the parents she represents from publicly sharing information about the conduct of child welfare workers they believe may have contributed to the deaths of children across the state. Peck told FOX31 that she has handled several cases in the last several years where parents lose their children to murder, suicide or irreversible injury. “Every time we lose yet another kid to preventable violence, we must start asking...
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UC System Sued for College Admission Decisions

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Date12 Dec 2019
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Students, educators and advocates have filed a lawsuit against the University of California, alleging that requiring SAT and ACT tests for admission violates the rights of disadvantaged students. The SAT and ACT has been criticized by critics who present research that shows that scores are strongly associated with race, family income and student background. A 2015 analysis concluded that the lowest SAT scores were among students from families who made less than $20,000 a year, while the highest were among students from families who made more than $200,000 a year. Kawika Smith, a Los Angeles high school senior who is...
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Man Sues Gary Police for His Unlawful Arrest

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Date11 Dec 2019
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Justice Freeman has filed a lawsuit against the Gary Police Department, claiming he was wrongfully arrested and searched. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on July 3 in Gary, Indiana. Freeman left his house a little after midnight to run an errand at a gas station close by. When he switched on his turn signal at an intersection, to turn south on Main St., he said he saw several cop cars traveling a short distance behind him. Freeman said he felt unnerved after he saw the cop cars speeding up, so he drove back to his house and...
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Synapse Sued for Discrimination and Harassment

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Date11 Dec 2019
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Three women have filed a lawsuit against Silicon Valley start-up Synapse, accusing the company of harassing women and discriminating against them. The plaintiffs, Asya Bradley, Taylor Sims and Mharie Fraser, allege that CEO Sankaet Pathak was verbally abusive and antagonized them in meetings and in private. He “undermined, intimidated, and toyed with the female employees,” and made “overt, graphic sexual comments in front of and to female employees and demeaned and belittled them.” The plaintiffs, who all left the company or were fired within the last two years, also claimed that Pathak “screamed and cursed at the female employees and...
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Hospitals Sue Trump to Block Transparency Rule

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Date10 Dec 2019
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Hospital groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration in an effort to challenge a rule that would force them to disclose discounted prices they offer to individual insurers. The rule will require that in 2021, hospitals will have to disclose the rates they privately make with individual insurers for all services. The lawsuit argues that this is, “Unlawful several times over.” “Instead of helping patients know their out-of-pocket costs, this rule will introduce widespread confusion, accelerate anticompetitive behavior among health insurers, and stymie innovations in value-based care delivery,” the hospital groups wrote. “America’s hospitals and health systems have...
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Pharmacist Sues for Being Drugged and Raped

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Date10 Dec 2019
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A former Gig Harbor pharmacist has filed a lawsuit against the Franciscan Health System, alleging they mishandled the investigation into her allegations about getting drugged and raped by a superior. The 37-year-old woman started training in 2017 at St. Anthony Hospital, which is part of the Franciscan Health System. She said her superior had control of her pay, working conditions and hours and continually asked her out on dates. When the woman refused his advances, he allegedly retaliated against her. She said the managers didn’t do anything when she complained about the behavior. “Instead, the good-old-boys network took over, and...
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Former Employee Sues Juul for Sexual Harassment

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Date09 Dec 2019
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Carrie Chuang has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs, alleging she was fired from her position after reporting that she was sexually harassed. Chuang claims that she was sexually harassed by three colleagues between October 2016 and February 2018. She said that a coworker made sexually suggestive comments and touched her breasts and buttocks and kissed her face and ears against her will. She said she reported the behavior to several managers and executives, who never took corrective action. The lawsuit states that the then director of manufacturing told her to avoid reporting the matter further. The suit claims in...
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Man Freed After 43 Years Sues Wilson Sheriff’s Office

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Date09 Dec 2019
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Charles Ray Finch, who spent 43 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder, has filed a lawsuit against the Wilson sheriff’s office for allegedly framing him. Finch, now 82, was released from prison in May after a federal appeals court determined that he didn’t get a fair trial because of a flawed lineup police used to obtain an eyewitness identification of Finch as the suspected killer. The lawsuit accuses former Wilson County Sheriff Wilbur Robin Pridgen and former deputies Tony Owens and James Tant of framing Finch in the murder of Richard Holloman. Holloman was fatally shot during...
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Trump’s Social Media Policy for Foreigners Challenged

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Date06 Dec 2019
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The Doc Society and International Documentary Association have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration to challenge a policy that requires foreigners to include their social media accounts as part of their visa applications. The State Department is asking xvisa applicants to list all their social media accounts they’ve had over the past five years. The lawsuit claims the policy violates federal law and goes against the Constitution. “We believe it is both unconstitutional and illegal,” said Faiza Patel, a top lawyer at the Brennan Center for Justice. “The very fact the U.S. government is collecting social media identifiers sends...
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Woman Sues Chicago Nightclub for Sexual Assault

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Date05 Dec 2019
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Elizabeth Capra has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago nightclub El Hefe, claiming she was sexually assaulted after being slipped a drug while drinking at the bar. According to the lawsuit, Capra was given a drink laced with acetone when she went to the nightclub in October 2014. Acetone is a substance known as a “date rape” drug. “That evening I was out with a few girlfriends watching a Bears game,” Capra said. “I was sitting at the bar and ordered my own drink. Had one drink. I don’t really remember anything after that, but my two girlfriends who were...
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George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin’s Family

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Date05 Dec 2019
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George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin in 2012, has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the teen’s family and attorney, Ben Crump. According to the lawsuit, the only reason Zimmerman was tried for Martin’s death was because of the testimony of a fake witness. It claims that Crump, the attorney who represented the Martin family, coached Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Martin’s, to testify that she was his girlfriend and that she was on the phone just before he was fatally shot. The suit states that this was not true. “Defendant Jeantel lied repeatedly about having a...
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Woman Sued for $25K Over Yelp Review About Doctor

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Date04 Dec 2019
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A Wilson County, Tennessee woman is being sued by a medical facility for a review she wrote on Yelp about a doctor. Kelly Beavers faces a $25,000 lawsuit for her negative review regarding a Middle Tennessee doctor she took her father to. The lawsuit accuses Beavers of defamation and libel for a Yelp post she made about Kaveer Nandigam of Nandigam Neurology. Beavers took her 67-year-old father to Nandigam Neurology for dizziness and memory loss, which may have bee early signs of dementia. She said her interaction with Dr. Nandigam seemed fine at first, but the doctor threw a temper...
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Children’s Hospital Facing Class Action Mold Lawsuit

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Date03 Dec 2019
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Seattle Children’s Hospital faces a class-action lawsuit for allegedly knowing about a mold infestation in its facilities and doing nothing about it. According to the lawsuit, the hospital knew for years that a mold problem could be related to its air-handling system, but tried to cover it up. This resulted in the deaths of several children. The hospital shut down its operating rooms twice this year after air tests detected mold in the air. One patient died and six patients became very ill during that outbreak. Between 2001 and 2014, seven patients developed the same infection, and five of them...
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Mercy Hospital Sued By Slain Woman’s Family

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Date02 Dec 2019
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The family members of Dayna Less, who was killed in a mass shooting at Mercy Hospital last year, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital. The shooting occurred on Nov. 19, 2018. Gunman Juan Lopez fatally shot his former fiance, Dr. Tamara O’Neal after confronting her in the hospital parking lot. He then went back inside the hospital and fatally shot Less, a pharmacy resident, as she was getting off the elevator. Lopez also killed Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez during a gun battle with police before turning the gun on himself. The lawsuit accuses Mercy Hospital of...
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Advocates Sue to Stop Medicaid Work Requirement

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Date02 Dec 2019
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Four enrollees in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to stop Michigan from implementing Medicaid work requirements January 1, 2020. The new rules will require abled-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who want coverage in the state’s Medicaid expansion plan to prove workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month. They will be able to do so through work, school, training, substance abuse treatment or community service. Those exempt from the requirement include pregnant mothers, individuals with disabilities, caretakers of children under age 6 and people who have a medical condition that...
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Family of Boy Injured by Bank Robbery Suspect Sue

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Date27 Nov 2019
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The family members of a 15-year-old Chicago boy wounded last week during a police shootout with a bank robbery suspect filed a lawsuit against the surviving suspect. Rylan Wilder was working as an intern at a music store when he was accidentally shot by a police officer. Police were chasing a bank robbery suspect at the time of the incident. According to police, suspect Christopher Willis carjacked a woman and then led authorities on a chase into Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. A police officer shot Willis and he died from multiple gunshot wounds. Before Will was shot, he ran...
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McDonald’s Sued for Failing to Protect Workers

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Date22 Nov 2019
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Seventeen Chicago McDonald’s workers have filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain, claiming that the company hasn’t done enough to prevent violence in the workplace. The lawsuit says that McDonald’s has chosen profits over workplace safety and claims that employees “face a daily risk of violence while at work” and McDonald’s has been “negligent in failing to protect workers from this risk.” The suit addresses the fast food chain’s split counters. It claims that the wide openings and lowered height makes it easier for customers to walk behind or jump on top of the counter to confront employees. In...
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Civil Rights Group Sues Mississippi District Attorney

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Date22 Nov 2019
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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against Mississippi District Attorney Doug Evans, accusing him of purposely excluding black jurors from trials. According to the lawsuit, Evans and his assistants have employed “-a policy, custom, or use of discriminatorily striking black jurors with peremptory challenges,” since taking office in 1992. The plaintiffs are requesting for a judge to order Evans to stop using challenges as a way to remove black jurors. These challenges allow lawyers to remove jurors without giving a specific reason The lawsuit touched on a Supreme Court ruling that allowed a black death row inmate in...
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Journalists File Lawsuit Against US Border Officers

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Date21 Nov 2019
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Five American journalists have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, claiming that U.S. border authorities violated their civil rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit includes accounts of five freelance photojournalists, who are all U.S. citizens and were stopped by Custom and Border Protection while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January 2019. During that time, they were documenting a group of migrants who were traveling to the US-Mexico border. All of the journalists, Bing Guan, Go Nakamura, Kitra Cahana, Ariana Drehsler...
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Epstein’s Estate Sued for Sexual Assault of 15 Year Old

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Date21 Nov 2019
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A woman, identified as Jane Doe 15, has filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, alleging that he sexually assaulted her when she was just 15 years old. Doe 15 said she first met one of Epstein’s assistants during a field trip to New York City in 2004. At the time, she was living in Northern Michigan with her mom, step-dad and grandfather in difficult financial circumstances. While she was on the field trip, she got permission to spend time with her sister, an 18-year-old model who already knew Epstein. According to the lawsuit, Doe 15 was invited to Epstein’s...
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Man Sues Police for Using a Taser and Racial Slurs

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Date20 Nov 2019
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Ronald Saint-Vil has filed a lawsuit against Miami Beach police, alleging they shouted the N-word at him and stunned him with a Taser until he vomited. On November 11, 2017, Saint-Vil was hired to assist an event to help raise money for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. After DJ’ing the event, Saint-Vil left with his wife. When his wife forgot her purse inside the DJ booth, he drove to the side of the hotel to let her out and waited for her to come back. As Saint-Vil sat there and waited, he said he saw two Miami Beach police...
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Victims Injured in Gilroy Garlic Festival File Lawsuit

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Date20 Nov 2019
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Five people who were injured during a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July have filed a lawsuit against the event’s organizers. They claim that the organizers didn’t take enough security measures to protect attendees from the shooter. On July 28, suspect Santino Legan cut through a perimeter to get to the festival. He fired 39 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle, killing three people. Legan died of a self-inflicted gun wound. The lawsuit centers on what the plaintiffs’ lawyers claim were “inadequate and outdated security policies” and measures that failed to account for the modern-day threats posed to...
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Lawsuits for Jesuit Priests Committing Sexual Abuse

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Date19 Nov 2019
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Two new lawsuits accuse three Jesuit priests at the Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque of sexual abuse. In one of the cases, a 25-year-old alleged victim claims that he was sexually abused eight years ago at the Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque. John Doe 124 was permitted to perform community service on the Immaculate Conception church premises when he was 17. His family approved of him being sent to Immaculate Conception Parish by the Nex Mexico state probation system. Once there, he was to do, “-community service, trusting that the defendants could keep Plaintiff safe from harm caused by sexual...
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Man Arrested for Eating a Sandwich on BART Platform

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Date19 Nov 2019
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Steve Foster, who was arrested Nov. 4 for eating a sandwich on a BART station platform, has filed a lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging racial profiling. Foster was heading to his job that day and said he always gets something to eat before his morning commute. A police officer approached him and told him that he couldn’t eat on BART. Foster, however, told the officer that he was going to finish his sandwich before he got on the train. When Foster grabbed his backpack to leave, the officer told him he was detained and couldn’t leave. “I didn’t think...
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Archdioces Sued for Heartless Comments at Funeral

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Date18 Nov 2019
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Family members of a Monroe County teen have filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Detroit after a priest allegedly made a “heartless condemnation” of suicide at the 18-year-old’s funeral last year. The lawsuit states that Rev. Don LaCuesta mentioned Maison Hullibarger’s cause of death soon after starting his homily, which “sent the family and many of those in attendance into shock.” “Father LaCuesta repeatedly discussed suicide and how it is condemned by the church, how it is a secular crime, and … a sin against God with dire eternal consequences.” A copy of the sermon the archdiocese posted on...
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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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