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    1. Louisiana Office Manager Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling $1.2M

      Louisiana Office Manager Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling $1.2M

      The former office manager of a business headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after being convicted of embezzling more than $1 million from her employer.

      United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin reported that Katherine S. Dyson, age 65, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison following her wire fraud conviction. Dyson also was sentenced to two years of supervised release following her prison term and ordered to pay $1,232,075 in restitution to the victims.

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    2. United Airlines Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Filed in Texas for $321K

      United Airlines Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Filed in Texas for $321K

      United Airlines Inc., a Chicago-headquartered international airline operating in over 300 airports across five continents, has agreed to pay $321,000, plus attorney’s fees, to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Texas by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

      The federal agency says its lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, alleged that over the course of many years a United captain frequently posted explicit images of a flight attendant to multiple websites, without her consent, making reference to her name, home airport, and the airline’s tagline “Fly the Friendly Skies.”

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    3. Ohio Hospital Settles Lawsuits Related to Doctor Accused in Opioid Deaths for $9M

      Ohio Hospital Settles Lawsuits Related to Doctor Accused in Opioid Deaths for $9M

      The Ohio hospital that employed a doctor charged with 25 counts of murder for giving often fatal doses of opioid painkillers to dozens of sick patients said on Aug. 27 it has settled two wrongful death lawsuits for a total of $9 million.

      “It is our hope that all of these settlements will bring some measure of closure and comfort to the families,” hospital spokeswoman Cindy Kalis said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

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    4. Gun Maker Appeals to Supreme Court Over Liability for Sandy Hook

      Gun Maker Appeals to Supreme Court Over Liability for Sandy Hook

      Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co made its plea to the nation’s top court after the Connecticut Supreme Court in March reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun maker by the families of nine people slain and one survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

       

      The families argued that the Remington AR-15 Bushmaster rifle that a 20-year-old gunman used to kill 20 children aged 6 and 7 and six adult staffers was a weapon of war that was wrongly marketed to civilians for use in combat-style missions.

      The gun maker argued that the lawsuit should never have been allowed to proceed because a 2005 federal law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, shields gun manufacturers in ...

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    5. Michigan City to Pay $1.25M for Sewage-Flooded Basements Suit

      Michigan City to Pay $1.25M for Sewage-Flooded Basements Suit

      The Lansing, Michigan city council approved a $1.25 million settlement to residents who sued after sewage flooded their basements six years ago. 

      DeAnna Ray-Brown of Lansing spearheaded the class-action lawsuit against the city after untreated sewage flowed into her basement during a June 2013 storm. She says sewage-tainted water destroyed carpet, furniture and a washer-dryer in her finished basement.

      The lawsuit argued that the city failed to properly maintain its sewer system.

      Lansing City Attorney Jim Smiertka says there were about 400 plaintiffs in the case. Meanwhile, Lansing has filed several lawsuits of its own in an attempt to recoup some money.

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    6. Milwaukee Jury Awards $6M to 3 in Lead Poisoning Suit

      Milwaukee Jury Awards $6M to 3 in Lead Poisoning Suit

      A federal jury in Milwaukee awarded $2 million each to three men who sued three major paint and pigment companies which the men claimed were responsible for the lead poisoning they suffered as toddlers in their homes. 

      The federal jury that awarded the multi-million dollar judgment found that three paint manufacturers — Sherwin-Williams, DuPont and Armstrong Containers — failed to properly warn families about the danger of lead paint.

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    7. PG&E makes $1B settlement with local governments for wildfire damage

      PG&E makes $1B settlement with local governments for wildfire damage

      A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments.

      Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric to cover “taxpayer losses.”

      More than half of the settlement is related to the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 85 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes. It included $270 million to the town of Paradise, which was mostly destroyed in the fire.

      The money also covers damage from a 2015 in Butte County and a series of 2017 fires in Northern California wine country.

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    8. J&J Hit with $25M Talc Verdict; Also Cleared by Another Jury

      J&J Hit with $25M Talc Verdict; Also Cleared by Another Jury

      Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay at least $25 million to a woman who said she contracted a rare asbestos-related cancer through decades of daily use of J&J’s Baby Powder or its other talc product, Shower to Shower.

      The New York verdict for plaintiff Donna Olson, 66, and her husband against J&J and its consumer-products unit only reflects the award of compensatory damages. Jurors will return next week to consider assessing punitive damages against the companies over their mishandling of the talc products.

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    9. California Dioceses Creating Abuse Compensation Program

      California Dioceses Creating Abuse Compensation Program

      Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for them promising not to sue. 

      The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego. Together, they cover 36 counties and some 10 million Catholics, or about 80 percent of the state’s Catholics.

      Those who accept compensation agree not to file lawsuits over abuse. They also can’t have previously resolved a lawsuit over the same allegations. However, the program is open to those who are barred from suing by statutes of limitations because the abuse occurred too long ago. It also will ...

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    10. Rhode Island High Court Vacates Lower Court Decision in Drowning Case

      A court ruling in favor of a Rhode Island swimming pool company that was sued by the parents of a four-year-old boy who drowned has been vacated by the state Supreme Court. Namco LLC was sued by Raymond Oliver and Tiffany Gear after their son Nicholas drowned in a pool at his grandmother's home in Portsmouth.

      The justices ruled that there's a question over whether the swimming pool installers were working as agents of Namco. A Superior court judge ruled in favor of Namco when it sought a summary judgment. 

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    11. Class Action Defense Costs Rising

      Class Action Defense Costs Rising

      The cost of defending class action lawsuits continues to get more expensive for businesses even though the number of them that are being sued is shrinking. Experts say that's because more companies are facing multiple lawsuits and the cases are getting more complex and risky.

      The Carlton Fields Class Action survey shows class action costs have been going up for the past four years, after declining from 2010-2014. The most common types of lawsuits are labor and employment cases, according to the survey.

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    12. Suits Against Gun Seller Tied to Kansas Shootings Settled for $2M

      Suits Against Gun Seller Tied to Kansas Shootings Settled for $2M

      The families of victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas business in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a pawn shop that sold the firearms to the shooter’s girlfriend.

      Attorneys from Brady, a national center against gun violence, represented the wife and young son of one of three people shot to death at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston. Fourteen people also were wounded.

      The victims’ families argued that the now-defunct A Pawn Shop should have known that shooter Cedric Ford’s girlfriend was a straw buyer. He was a convicted felon barred from possessing the firearms.

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    13. Jury Sides with J&J in Latest Talcum-Cancer Claim

      Jury Sides with J&J in Latest Talcum-Cancer Claim

      Johnson & Johnson won the latest trial over claims its iconic baby powder can cause cancer, as a jury in Long Beach, California, rejected a lawsuit brought by a 65-year-old retired teacher who claimed the product was contaminated with asbestos.

      The J&J victory Friday comes the week after the company settled three cases alleging baby powder caused a rare asbestos-connected cancer. Two, in Oklahoma and California, were settled during trial. The other, in New York, was settled less than two weeks before trial was set to begin.

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    14. American Family Insurance to Acquire Ameriprise Auto & Home for $1B

      American Family Insurance to Acquire Ameriprise Auto & Home for $1B

      Ameriprise Financial is selling its Ameriprise Auto & Home (AAH) division to a subsidiary of Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Co. (American Family Insurance), the companies announced.

      Ameriprise will receive gross proceeds of $1.05 billion in cash in the deal. After a payment to an affinity partner, the net proceeds are approximately $950 million, subject to certain post-closing financial adjustments. Current AAH customers will retain their policies with no change in coverage or service.

       

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    15. Jury Awards $700K to Man in Case Against Hawaii Hospital

      Jury Awards $700K to Man in Case Against Hawaii Hospital

      A federal jury awarded more than $700,000 in damages to a Hawaii man who sued a hospital, saying staff injected him against his will with anti-psychotic drugs that left him incapacitated for months. 

      A jury in U.S. District Court unanimously concluded that Wilcox Memorial Hospital emergency room staff intentionally or recklessly inflicted emotional distress on Cameron Raymond of Kauai while he was a patient at the hospital in 2013.

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    16. Hundreds File Claims Against Company in Wake of Texas Petrochemical Fire

      Hundreds File Claims Against Company in Wake of Texas Petrochemical Fire

      A Houston-area petrochemical storage company that was heavily damaged by fire has received hundreds of compensation claims from residents seeking lost wages and other damages, a company executive said.

      Brent Weber, a senior vice president for Intercontinental Terminals Company, told reporters that about 2,000 people have called an ITC claims hotline and another 300 submitted claims in writing. 

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    17. Paralyzed California Man Settles Shooting Lawsuit for $2.5M

      Paralyzed California Man Settles Shooting Lawsuit for $2.5M

      Three California police departments have reached a settlement with a man who was paralyzed after being shot by officers.

      The Fresno Bee reported this week that 19-year-old Adonis Serna has reached a $2.5 million settlement over injuries sustained when he was shot in Woodlake in 2017.

      The May 2018 lawsuit accuses three detectives from Tulare County, Exeter and Woodlake of excessive force, assault and battery negligence.

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    18. California Insurance Agents Arrested for Stealing from Clients

      California Insurance Agents Arrested for Stealing from Clients

      Investigations by the California Department of Insurance led to the arrests of insurance agents who allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from clients and failed to place insurance coverage for those clients.

      Maria Aquino, 34, of South Gate, was charged with multiple felony counts of embezzlement and theft for allegedly pocketing over $48,000 in insurance premium payments and failing to place insurance coverage for her clients between 2011 and 2018.

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