Recent Lawsuits/Cases

The information below is from the Maryland Asso for Justice, many of the brief blurbs are from other jurisdictions and may very likely not apply to Maryland cases.

Laws/Cases

Food Supplier Settles Lawsuit for $297 Million

A lawsuit filed against U.S. Foods over their allegedly inflated prices has been settled for $297 million. The lawsuit claimed that the food supplier wrongfully inflated prices for its customers, mostly hospitals and food chains. The lawsuit was settled when the United States Supreme Court declined to review a federal appeals court opinion in April. The lawsuit covered about 300,000 of the food suppliers customers.

Corilyn Shropshire, WKYC 3 05/21/2014

Man Seeks $2 Undecillion in Lawsuit Over Lost Finger

In a bizarre case, a New York man has filed a lawsuit seeking $2 undecillion after his middle finger was allegedly bitten off by a rabid dog while he was on a city bus. His 22-page handwritten lawsuit names the city and more than 1,000 other parties as defendants including Au Bon Pain, Hoboken University Medical Center, Kmart Store 7749, St. Luke’s Emergency Department, the New York City Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the LaGuardia Airport Administration, and others. His lawsuit claims “civil rights violations, personal injury, discrimination on national origin, retaliation, harassment, fraud, attempted murder, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and conspiracy to defraud.”

John Mariani, The Post-Standard – Syracuse, NY 05/19/2014

Michigan County to Settle Inmate Lawsuit for $25,000

Jackson County in Michigan will pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former inmate who alleged excessive force by two county sheriff deputies. The plaintiff filed suit in February 2013 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claiming that two deputies violated his Eighth Amendment rights, specifically the Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause, while he was serving a weekend sentence for a drug related charge. Though the county has admitted no wrongdoing, they have agreed to the $25,000 settlement.

Lisa Satayut, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger 05/22/2014

BP Pursues Supreme Court Review of Deepwater Horizon Settlement

In a statement issued on Wednesday, British energy giant BP announced the company’s plan to “seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the Fifth Circuit decisions relating to the compensation of claims for losses with no apparent connection to the Deepwater Horizon Spill.” Further, according to CNN, BP also will be asking the “Fifth Circuit not to issue its mandate until the Supreme Court has considered the matter.”

Kelly Anthony, Esq., Counsel Financial 05/22/2014

Jurors Split on Racial Discrimination Suit in Alaska

Jurors have decided that a discrimination lawsuit filed against the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska by two former drug detectives is unfounded, but remained split on a complaint regarding retaliation. The verdict was unsealed on Tuesday morning and a Superior Court judge has yet to decide whether he will accept the partial verdict. According to the judge, the retaliation allegation would require a retrial. The lawsuit was filed by two former drug detectives who allege they left their positions after 20 years due to a hostile and racist work environment.
Jerzy Shedlock, Anchorage Daily News 05/20/2014

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Families of Firefighters Killed in Shooting File Lawsuit

The families of two firefighters who were killed in a shooting in Webster, N.Y. in Dec. 2012, along with two of the shooting’s survivors, have filed suit against the store which sold the weapons used in the shooting. The lawsuit names Gander Mountain Co., the store which sold the weapons, the woman who bought the weapons, and the shooter as defendants. On Christmas Eve 2012, the shooter set fire to his home and then ambushed the emergency responders as they arrived, killing two firefighters and injuring two others. The lawsuit is seeking “damages and a court order that Gander Mountain reform its policies, procedures and training on the sale of firearms.”

David Riley, USA Today 05/20/2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Mold-Contaminated Rental Home

A New York man has filed a lawsuit after the home he rented in the Hamptons had a children’s room infested with mold. The lawsuit contends that the owner of the rental property intentionally covered up the hazardous mold infestation, which the plaintiff alleges caused his children to develop allergies. The plaintiff’s children became sick the day after the family moved into the home. The plaintiff paid $106,000 to rent the home for the summer and his lawsuit seeks the return of the $106,000, plus another $274,000 in damages.

Dareh Gregorian, New York Daily News 05/21/2014

Apple Facing Class-Action Suit Over Lost Text Messages

Apple Inc. is facing a lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user who alleges she lost text messages after switching to an Android-based smartphone. The lawsuit contends that after the plaintiff switched from an iPhone to an Android phone, she was unable to access text messages sent from other users of Apple devices on her new Android-based phone. The complaint alleges that people who replace their iPhones with other smartphones are “penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts.” The lawsuit seeks class-action status and undetermined damages.
Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg 05/16/2014

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Board of Education Removed from HS Player’s Lawsuit

The DeKalb County Board of Education in Alabama has been removed as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a high school football player who was injured in a fight during a summer workout. A DeKalb County Circuit Judge issued an order releasing the board from the lawsuit on Monday after the plaintiffs requested that it be removed from the lawsuit. The incident took place in July 2012 when the player was punched in the face by a teammate and fell face first onto a concrete floor. The filing contends that the player sustained injuries including a traumatic brain injury, loss of consciousness, a left frontal linear skull fracture, a left frontal subdural hematoma, an epidural hematoma, a broken nose, nausea, severe headaches, and memory loss.

Paul Gattis, AL.com 05/20/2014

Suit Claims NFL Gave Players Drugs to Mask Injuries

A group of retired NFL players filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the league “illegally supplied them with risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries for games and led to medical complications down the road.” According to the plaintiffs, the players were not told about severe injuries, such as broken arms and legs, and were instead given potent drugs to mask the pain. The complaint names eight former players as plaintiffs but seek class-action status, which would include more than 400 other former players.

Ben Nuckols, Tennessean 05/20/2014

Fifth Circuit Denies En Banc Hearing over BP Oil Spill Settlement

On Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected BP’s request for a rehearing en banc regarding the economic and property damage settlement in the litigation arising from the April 2010 “Deepwater Horizon” explosion. Because of the Fifth Circuit’s refusal of BP’s application for a rehearing en banc, BP is forced to pursue other legal options, which may include an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kelly Anthony, Esq, Counsel Financial 05/21/2014

Suit Filed Against Teacher Who Broke Student’s Arm While Arm Wrestling

A California high school senior has filed a lawsuit against a former teacher who challenged the student to an arm wrestling match which broke his arm. The incident took place in June 2013 when the history teacher challenged the plaintiff to an arm wrestling match in front of the class and then used both hands and his whole body weight, breaking the plaintiff’s arm. The lawsuit, which alleges negligence on behalf of the district and the school, was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court.

Vik Jolly, Orange County Register 05/13/2014

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Longstanding Lawsuit Ordered Into Settlement Talks

A lawsuit filed against the state of Tennessee back in 1995 over the rights of people with intellectual disabilities is one step closer to being resolved. A judge has ordered both sides to finalize the lawsuit within 120 days. The lawsuit began when disability advocates filed suit against the state over the conditions at three state institutions for people with intellectual disabilities. The judge will make each side submit an “estimate of the human and economic costs to be incurred by failing to reach a settlement” if a settlement is not reached by the end of the 120 days.

Anita Wadhwani, Tennessean 05/12/2014

Family Files Suit Over Firefighter’s Severe Injuries in Motel Fire

The family of a firefighter from Houston, Texas who was severely injured in a motel fire last year has filed a lawsuit. Their suit names the motel’s owner and the operator of a restaurant that burned at the site as defendants and seeks over $1 million in damages. Four firefighters were killed in the fire and the Houston Fire Department is still conducting an investigation to identify its cause.

Scott Noll, KHOU-TV 05/12/2014

Lawsuit Alleges Teacher Abused Autistic Teen

The family of an autistic teen from California has filed a lawsuit alleging that the boy was sexually assaulted by his special education teacher. The lawsuit contends that a male teacher sexually abused the student during the 2011-12 school year and that the school district ignored warning signs that the teacher “posed a risk of sexual abuse to students.” The lawsuit seeks medical and legal costs and unspecified damages for physical, psychological and emotional injuries as a result of the abuse.

David DeBolt, San Jose Mercury News 05/13/2014

Former School Employees Allege Race-Based Purge

Five African-American former employees of the Inglewood Unified School District of Inglewood, Calif. have filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging that their firing was part of a race-based purge of employees. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs, who worked at various levels in the facilities, were terminated from their positions and replaced by Latino employees. The lawsuit claims race and age discrimination, violation of labor rights and improper layoff notice and seeks unspecified damages.

Carley Dryden, Daily Breeze 05/14/2014

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Daughter Files Suit Over Mother’s Slaying

A lawsuit has been filed against the Village of Hempstead, Nassau County, N.Y. and their police departments by the daughter of a woman who was killed by her husband. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants “failed to enforce an order of protection against the victim’s husband, who is charged with her murder.” The plaintiff’s mother was found dead in her home with fatal gunshot and stabbing wounds in Feb. 2013. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip on May 6 and seeks unspecified monetary damages.

William Murphy, Newsday 05/14/2014

Woman Sues N.J. Police For Not Providing Translator

A Spanish-speaking woman has filed suit against the Berlin Township Police Department in New Jersey “for failing to provide a skilled translator, causing her to allegedly be falsely arrested.” The woman alleges she was “unjustifiably and falsely charged” with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in June 2012 because the police department failed to provide her with a translator. The woman was arrested after she left her two children in the car while she went inside the gym where her husband was working to use the restroom.

Jessica Beym, NJ.com 05/14/2014

Veteran Files Suit Over Treatment at VA Med. Facility

A 60-year-old Marine veteran has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs over his treatment at a VA medical facility in May 2012. The plaintiff went to the medical facility because he was having difficulty urinating. According to the lawsuit, doctors failed to use inadequate anesthetics to control the pain while they repeatedly failed to insert a wire scope into the plaintiff’s penis. The lawsuit also contends that the plaintiff was left bleeding in the hospital room with no help from the medical staff. He sustained further injury during a later surgery by the same staff and continues to suffer “permanent scarring and damage, continuing pain and suffering, and urinary incontinence.”

Jeff Swiatek, Indianapolis Star 05/15/2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Ark. Chemical Plant Explosion

A federal lawsuit has been filed over the 2012 explosion of a chemical plant in southern Arkansas. The operator of the chemical plant has filed suit against the French company that supplied industrial gas for the facility, blaming the supplier for more than $100 million in damages and losses as result of the blast. The lawsuit accuses the defendant of “negligence for failing to properly maintain oxygen pipes at the nitric acid plant in El Dorado, Arkansas.”

Wire Report, Miami Herald 05/15/2014

Dating Service Company to Face Class-Action Lawsuit

Dating website It’s Just Lunch is facing a class-action lawsuit by clients who allege the company defrauded them into paying for its services. The lawsuit alleges deceptive business practices and unjust enrichment by the dating service for single professionals who charged the plaintiffs $1,000 or more per person per year for services it did not deliver. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say a recent decision by a U.S. judge to allow the class-action lawsuit may attract tens of thousands of clients seeking to recover damages from the company.

Jonathan Stemple, Reuters 05/14/2014

Teacher Files Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment by Students

A California high school teacher has filed a lawsuit alleging that students sexually harassed female teachers at a prestigious all-boys Catholic school. The lawsuit contends that male students at Serra High in San Mateo, Calif. competed to obtain up-skirt videos of their female instructors and that administrators failed to protect the plaintiff over two years of humiliation. The lawsuit names as defendants the school, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco, which oversees the school, and its affiliates and seeks back pay and unspecified general and punitive damages.

Matthias Gafni, San Jose Mercury News 05/15/2014

Woman Burned By Liquid Nitrogen Drink Sues Miami Bar

A woman from Miami Beach, Fla. has filed suit against the bar in which she ingested a cocktail laced with liquid nitrogen and had to be hospitalized. The 61-year-old woman sustained severe burns to her esophagus and stomach after taking a drink of the cocktail containing liquid nitrogen and had to be hospitalized for five days. According to the lawsuit, the bartender did not tell the plaintiff to let the nitrogen evaporate before consuming the cocktail. The lawsuit names as defendants Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Haven Hospitality Concepts and Kryogenifex, the company who supplied the liquid nitrogen for the event.

Beatrice Dupuy, Miami Herald 05/15/2014

Media Groups Sue To Identify Source of Lethal Injection Drugs

The Associated Press, the Guardian and three other news organizations have filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Missouri Department of Corrections to reveal the source of the drugs being used in the state’s lethal injections. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cole County, Mo. and alleges the state has repeatedly declined to provide the news organizations with information about the drugs. The filing contends that the public deserves to know “the composition, concentration, quality, and source of drugs used in lethal injection executions” and cites the botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last month.

Mark Berman, The Washington Post 05/15/2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Beating of Down Syndrome Man

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in California is facing a lawsuit filed by the family of a man with Down Syndrome who was mistakenly taken down by a deputy. The lawsuit alleges that the 21-year-old man, who has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, was beaten and pepper-sprayed after he ignored the deputy’s order to stop. The lawsuit, filed last Thursday, accuses the department of negligence and battery.
Wire Report, The Fresno Bee 05/02/2014

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Mormon Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others are facing a lawsuit filed on Friday by a woman who alleges she was repeatedly sexually abused by a church missionary when she was a teenager in the 1980’s. According to the lawsuit, a church bishop aimed to cover up the abuse. The woman became pregnant by the missionary at the age of thirteen, giving birth to a son in 1986.

Reza Gostar, The Desert Sun 05/02/2014

Class-Action Suit Filed Over College Security Breach

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona over a security breach which left 2.4 million individuals’ private information unprotected. The lawsuit alleges that the district received reports in 2011 that their secure files had been breached and that their failure to act led to a broader security breach in 2013. The lawsuit also alleges that the district did not notify those affected by the breach until seven months later. The lawsuit seeks $2,500 on behalf of each plaintiff.

Mary Beth Faller, The Republic – Columbus, Indiana 05/02/2014

First Crowdfunding Lawsuit Filed in Washington

The first lawsuit in the state of Washington involving crowdfunding was announced on Thursday. The lawsuit cites “an alleged failure to deliver a promised horror-themed decks of cards—and other similar items—to hundreds of individuals who funded [a] project through Kickstarter.” The lawsuit contends that an artist who raised $25,000 with the help of 800 backers failed to deliver promised items to those who contributed to the project. Penalties could be as high as $2,000 for each violation.

Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post 05/02/2014

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College Student Sues, Alleges Professor Fixated on Her Porn Past

A former Portland State University student has filed a lawsuit alleging that her academic career was ruined after one of her professors began fixating on her past career as a model for an online pornography website. The lawsuit alleges that the professor “used her influence over [the plaintiff's] college opportunities to coerce her to provide sex-related material.” The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages from the university.

Payday Lender Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Spam

A payday lender from Chattanooga, Tenn. is facing a lawsuit after he spammed thousands of people with unwanted text messages. The lawsuit, which recently gained class-action status, contends that the defendant’s business violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by spamming consumers with random text messages that contained offers for payday loans. Class-action status was granted this week to anyone who received a text message from the defendant’s business concerning payday loans.

Ellis Smith, Chattanooga Times Free Press 03/28/2014

Milwaukee Officer Files Lawsuit Against City

A Milwaukee police officer who was formerly linked to a case involving illegal strip searches has filed a lawsuit against the city. The police officer is currently on duty disability after a doctor declared him mentally unstable from “major mental trauma” from the stress of media reports. The lawsuit alleges the officer was unjustly detained for mental treatment, in an attempt to “deny his duty disability benefit application process,” and that his medical records were shared with the Milwaukee Police Department without his consent.

Katie DeLong, FOX6 News 03/27/2014

School Pays $70K to End Student’s Facebook Lawsuit

A Minnesota school district is paying $70,000 to end a lawsuit by a former student who was forced to give up her Facebook password to school officials. School officials made the girl give up her password after reports that she posted a negative comment about a teacher’s aide and had a sexual conversation with a male student. After the ordeal, the student withdrew from the public school and began home-schooling.

Carol Kuruvilla, New York Daily News 03/27/2014

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School Pays $86K to Settle Wait Staff Pay Lawsuit

Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., has agreed to pay $86,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by dozens of servers, wait staff and bartenders who were cheated out of wages. The lawsuit contended that the school withheld a 15% service charge from the wait staff and others during off-campus and non-college events. As part of the settlement, the school denied any liability or wrongdoing and said it complied with the law.

Wire Report, Boston Herald 03/28/2014

Mediation Talks in Lawsuit Against Tech Companies

Apple Inc, Google Inc and two other Silicon Valley companies may be close to settling a lawsuit alleging that the tech companies conspired to drive down employee wages. The 2011 lawsuit began when the tech companies allegedly agreed not to hire each other’s employees in order to drive down employee salaries. According to a hearing in federal court on Thursday, the companies and the plaintiffs have met in mediation on a daily basis in an effort to settle the lawsuit. The class-action lawsuit is scheduled for a trial in May.

Dan Levine, Reuters 03/27/2014

Suit Filed Over Police Officer’s Relationship with Girl

The family of a high school student from Columbus, Ohio has filed a lawsuit alleging that school officials should have known that an on-campus police officer was a sexual predator. The lawsuit alleges that the police officer lured the plaintiff’s daughter into a sexual relationship while he worked at the school. The officer was sentenced last year to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to enticement and coercion of a minor. The lawsuit seeks at least $75,000 in damages and claims negligence to report child abuse as well as neglect, assault and battery, breach of duty and violation of due process.

Encarnacion Pyle , Columbus Dispatch 03/28/2014

Second Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly Shooting at Marina

Another lawsuit has been filed over a 2012 shooting at a Riviera Beach, Florida marina. The shooting that took place at a sixteenth birthday party injured six and killed two. The most recent lawsuit was filed by a 33-year-old man who was injured during the shooting. He alleges that the city did not provide adequate security, which could have prevented the shooting. Another lawsuit was filed in December by the parents of a teen who was killed during the shooting. The shooter was charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post 03/19/2014

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Salvation Army Settles Religious Discrimination Suit

On Tuesday, the Salvation Army settled a lawsuit accusing the organization of religious discrimination. The lawsuit alleged that the organization’s requirement that its employees reveal their religious beliefs and agree to act in accordance with the Christian gospel discriminated against employees of other faiths. As part of the settlement, the charitable organization will inform its New York employees “that they need not adhere to the group’s religious principles while doing their jobs, nor may they be asked about their religious beliefs.” The Salvation Army did not admit any wrongdoing with the settlement.

Sharon Otterman, The New York Times 03/18/2014

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Dodgeball Leaves Boy With Disfigured Nose, Parents Sue

The parents of a boy who was injured during a game of dodgeball at a DeWitt, N.Y. school have filed a lawsuit against the school district. The boy’s nose was permanently disfigured when another student, afraid of being hit by a ball, collided with the boy. The boy was treated for a broken nose, but doctors were unable to straighten it. The lawsuit seeks $30,000 from the district for the cost of the boy’s medical bills, as well as $300,000 compensation for his pain and disfigurement.

Douglass Dowty, The Syracuse Post-Standard 03/20/2014

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Muslim Family Sues After Being Escorted From Empire State Building

A lawsuit has been filed by a Muslim family who was escorted from the Empire State Building while they were reciting prayers. The family members were kneeling and reciting prayers on the observation deck at a late hour and in an isolated spot when they were “forcibly” removed from the building. The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages, accuses the Empire State Building’s management company of violating both the First and 14th Amendments.

Cheryl K. Chumley , Washington Times 03/19/2014

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Lawsuit: Woman Harassed and Fondled by Uber Driver

A lawsuit has been filed by transportation company Uber by a Chicago woman who alleges she was harassed and fondled by her driver. The woman alleges in her lawsuit that during her ride, the driver began commenting on her appearance, asked her to go out with him and repeatedly fondled her. After the plaintiff threatened to call the police, the driver made her get out of the car. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Cook County Court in Illinois.

Meredith Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune 03/20/2014

Abortion Clinic’s Lawsuit Settled This Week in North Dakota

A lawsuit filed by the sole abortion clinic in the state of North Dakota has been settled. The suit was filed over a new state law requiring doctors who perform abortion procedures to obtain hospital-admitting privileges. In July, a judge granted an injunction which kept the new law from taking effect. Although the physicians at the clinic are now credentialed, the lawsuit was settled this week.

Wire Report, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 03/14/2014

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Calif. Illegal Ticket Quotas Lawsuit Settled

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over illegal traffic ticket quotas and retaliation in the police department of Paso Robles, Calif. The lawsuit was filed by a former officer who alleged that “he was retaliated against and denied opportunities for advancement by department brass after raising the traffic quota issue.” The implementation of traffic ticket quotas is illegal in the state of California. The lawsuit sought unspecified amount of money for emotional distress, loss of wages and benefits, and court costs.

Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune 03/13/2014

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Lawsuit Challenges Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Arizona

A lawsuit was filed on Thursday against the state of Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit “challenges longtime state laws and a voter-approved 2008 state constitutional amendment defining marriage in this state as solely between one man and one woman.” The lawsuit contends that the state’s ban is unconstitutional.

Howard Fischer, Arizona Daily Star 03/14/2014

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Botched Demolition Lawsuit Settled

A lawsuit that was filed by a power plant in the state of Ohio and accuses contractors of negligence during a botched demolition has been settled. The lawsuit alleged that the demolition caused $19 million in damages. During the demolition, a smokestack fell the wrong direction into two of the power plant’s turbines. Details of the settlement have not been released.

Wire Report, Washington Times 03/14/2014

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Multiple Lawsuits Accuse McDonald’s of Stealing Wages

McDonald’s workers across three states filed lawsuits this week alleging that the fast food chain stole wages from its employees. According to the employees, “the company engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed.” If the suits are granted class-action status, there could be roughly 30,000 employees included in the class. The lawsuits are seeking back pay and other damages.

Candace Chol, USA Today 03/13/2014

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Former Bishop Testifies in Sex Abuse Case Against Diocese

On Wednesday, a former bishop testified in a $3 million civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Yakima in Washington state alleging sexual abuse. The lawsuit was filed by a man who alleges he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a teenager in 1999. The lawsuit contends that the diocese failed to conduct a proper background check and that church officials failed to supervise the priest. The trial is set to continue into next week.

Donald W. Meyers, Yakima Herald 03/13/2014

Suit Says Novant Health Costs Employees Millions

A lawsuit has been filed accusing Novant Health of causing their employees to lose millions of dollars in their retirement plans by paying unnecessarily high fees and making poor investment decisions. According to the lawsuit, with the company’s 25,000 participants and $1.2 billion in assets, it should be able to negotiate lower fees, but instead pays about double what comparable companies do. The lawsuit seeks a class-action status on behalf of Novant employees.

Andrew Dunn, Charlotte Observer 03/12/2014

Calif. City Faces Lawsuit Over 200 Impounded Cars

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed alleging King City, California police and city officials deliberately violated the civil rights of residents. The defendants are already facing charges after being arrested for targeting residents and illegally impounding their vehicles. According to the lawsuit, over the last three years about 200 Latino residents have had their cars impounded and sold by the defendants who also took the fines and fees paid for their own personal use. The lawsuit seeks class action status and compensation for class members.

Julia Reynolds, Monterey County Herald 03/12/2014

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City Employee Alleges Workplace Harassment in Suit

A lawsuit has been filed by a longtime employee of the city of San Mateo, Calif. alleging workplace harassment and discrimination. The 64-year-old plaintiff, who was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, claims that he was subjected to repeated harassment at work. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s supervisor “repeatedly harassed him due to his age and made derogatory comments regarding his physical conditions” in front of other employees. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and to prevent the city and the plaintiff’s supervisor from harassing other employees.
Samantha Weigel, San Mateo Daily Journal 03/13/2014

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Detained Woman’s Lawsuit Against NYPD Settled

A federal lawsuit against the NYPD filed by a Brooklyn woman has been settled. The woman filed the lawsuit after she was allegedly detained for hours in regards to a fatal shootout between police and a suspect back in 2011. The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff was held for 12 hours and questioned by police officers after the incident. The plaintiff is to receive $100,000 in the settlement.

Wire Report, San Francisco Chronicle 03/13/2014

Immigrant Mother Files Lawsuit Over Lost Custody

An immigrant woman who lost custody of her newborn baby after she gave birth in 2008 has filed a lawsuit against two employees of Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss. and a state welfare agency caseworker. The child was taken from the woman two days after it was born because the Department of Human Services deemed the woman unfit. A trial date for the case has not yet been set.

Wire Report, Danbury News-Times 03/13/2014

Washington State to Pay $8M to Six Abused Siblings

The state of Washington has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit filed by six siblings who allege they were abused while in the care of a family member. According to the lawsuit, the children, now ages 9 to 21, were beaten and tortured by their caregiver while the state failed to investigate numerous tips to Child Protective Services. The lawsuit alleged that the family friend with whom the children were living “denied them food and access to showers and forced them to attack each other.” The lawsuit, filed in 2012, was settled on Tuesday.

Wire Report, Yakima Herald 03/13/2014

Carnival Cruise Passengers File Lawsuit Over Ship Fire

Passengers who were aboard a Carnival cruise ship which caught fire and floated adrift for days have filed a lawsuit seeking $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives. The ship caught fire on a February 2013 journey from Cozumel, Mexico to Galveston, Texas and was left without engine power, or air conditioning and working toilets. The lawsuit seeks the $5,000 a month for each plaintiff for medical bills and mental anguish.

Staff Report, Reuters 03/10/2014

$12.7M Crash Lawsuit Award Overturned

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a $12.7 million jury verdict against the town of Clinton. The lawsuit was filed by the estate of a man who suffered a brain injury when he crashed into a tree while being followed by a firefighter, whom the man had struck in a hit-and-run. The lawsuit alleged that the 911 dispatcher and the city were liable because the dispatcher failed to instruct the firefighter to stop following the man’s car. The city appealed the decision and the lawsuit award was overturned.

Staff Report, New Haven Register 03/10/2014

Former Football Player Files Lawsuit Against School

A former football player for the University of Iowa has filed a lawsuit alleging the university’s negligence caused him physical and mental harm during a high-intensity workout. The plaintiff was one of thirteen players hospitalized after the 2011 practice. The lawsuit contends that “coaches and trainers failed to properly supervise and monitor him during the workout and failed to offer prompt medical care after he and others reported severe pain.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for pain and suffering.

Wire Report, DesMoines Register 03/11/2014

Estate of Man Killed by Train Files Lawsuit

The Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is facing a lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who was fatally injured when he was hit by a train in Muncie, Ind. According to the lawsuit, the train company “did not exercise reasonable care in the management, maintenance, supervision, set-up, direction and/or control of the railroad crossing where [the man] was killed.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including compensation for hospital, funeral and burial expenses.

Douglas Walker, Muncie Star Press 03/11/2014

Exonerated Man Files Lawsuit Seeking $100M

A man who spent nearly a decade in prison for a murder he was eventually exonerated for has filed a civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution, conspiracy to deprive [the plaintiff] of his constitutional rights, defamation, false arrest and destruction and/or suppression of exculpatory evidence. The lawsuit seeks actual damages of $75 million and punitive damages of $25 million and names a total of 13 defendants, including the City of Columbia, Columbia Police Department and Boone County.

Alan Burdziak, Columbia Daily Tribune 03/10/2014

84-Year-Old Man Suing Over Violent Jaywalking Arrest by NYPD

An 84-year-old New York man says he plans to file a lawsuit against the NYPD over a jaywalking incident in which he was injured and humiliated by police officers. On January 19, the retired man walked across the street and was caught by a police operation aimed at ending a string of pedestrian fatalities. The man was knocked unconscious and bruised in the street and had to be taken to an emergency room, where he was charged with criminal charges. An attorney for the plaintiff says he will file a notice of the lawsuit on Monday, which names the city, NYPD and multiple officers as defendants.

John Marzulli, New York Daily News 01/27/2014

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D.C. Contractor Files Lawsuit Over Yelp Review

A D.C. contractor has filed a lawsuit over a woman’s alleged defamation of his business through negative Yelp reviews. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s reviews of his business on Yelp were filled with falsehoods which kept him from receiving new business. The woman alleged in her review of the plaintiff’s contracting company that her home was damaged, she was billed for work that was not completed and jewelry went missing after she hired his company. As a result, the plaintiff alleges he lost $300,000 in business. The lawsuit, which seeks $750,000, is scheduled to go to trial on Monday in Fairfax County.

Justin Jouvenal, The Washington Post 01/26/2014

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Lawsuit Challenges Calif. Teacher Job Protections

A lawsuit has been filed in California which challenges teacher tenure rules, seniority policies and the dismissal process. The lawsuit was filed by an advocacy group called Students Matter and is aimed at ensuring that all students have access to an adequate education by discontinuing the “last hired, first fired” policies that may encourage keeping ineffective teachers. The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in a Los Angeles County Superior Court this week.

Stephen Ceasar, LA Times 01/25/2014

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Coach Will Drop Suit Against Teenager for an Apology

A former Little League coach from California who filed a lawsuit against one of the players on his team, says he will drop the $500,000 lawsuit if the young athlete will offer him an apology. The lawsuit was filed over an incident in which one of the team members threw his batting helmet and accidentally hit the coach in the ankle, injuring his Achilles tendon during a post-game celebration. A hearing is scheduled for March 4 in Placer Superior Court.

Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee 01/26/2014

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