Laws / Cases

Lawsuit: NYPD Mistakes Jolly Ranchers for Meth

A New York City man has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department over his arrest earlier this year when officers mistook Jolly Ranchers candies in his pocket for meth rocks. According to the police report, the officers found the plaintiff in possession of “crystalline rocks of solid material,” which the plaintiff says were Jolly Ranchers still in their wrappers. The officers arrested the plaintiff on drug possession charges and he spent 24 hours in jail. The lawsuit, filed last week, blames the NYPD for the plaintiff’s “emotional trauma and suffering.”
Staff Report, The Huffington Post 10/21/2013
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Med Center Whistleblower Is Fired, Files Lawsuit

A Pennsylvania woman has filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired from a medical center for reporting patient care issues. She claims that hospital officials violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act and other laws. The plaintiff says she was fired from her position at the med center after she reported “grossly negligent” care that included the death of one ICU patient. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to attorney fees.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10/22/2013
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Woman Files Suit Over Illegal Strip Search by Police

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and others over her alleged illegal strip search by Milwaukee officers. The plaintiff alleges that she and her boyfriend were driving when they were stopped by police for no reason. The officers proceeded to conduct an illegal cavity search of the boyfriend and an illegal strip search of the plaintiff. More than a dozen victims have filed similar lawsuits against the department over the illegal searches, but this is the first filed by a woman. The officer who conducted the illegal searches has already been sentenced to 26 months in prison.
Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/23/2013
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Former NJ Park Ranger Sues Over Wrongful Termination

A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired from his position as a city park ranger because he was not a campaign supporter of the mayor. The plaintiff was terminated from his position in 2010, rehired under a civil service order and then fired again in 2011. The plaintiff’s replacement was a supporter of the mayor’s political campaign. The lawsuit, filed in federal court last week, seeks an unspecified amount in damages, the cost of the suit and attorneys’ fees.
Jenna Pizzi, 10/23/2013
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Bullying Lawsuit Filed Against High School Football Coach

A parent at a Texas high school that was defeated in a football game 91-0 has filed a bullying lawsuit against the opposing team’s coach. The Aledo High School coach continued to brutally defeat the Western Hills team instead of instructing players to take a knee at the end of the game. The coach took out the starters after the first 21 plays and the game clock ran uninterrupted in the third and fourth quarters. Aledo’s football team is averaging 63 points a game and is on its way to a 7-0 record.
Wire Report, Las Vegas Review Journal 10/22/2013
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Recall Issued on Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts

Trail Crest has issued a recall on their Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts due to a strangulation hazard. The drawstrings through the neck of the sweatshirts violate a federal regulation on children’s apparel that aims to “prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.” The company instructs consumers to remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts or to return the product for a refund. There have been no reports of injuries.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 10/22/2013
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