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    1. Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      (CNN)A judge approved a $800 million settlement on Wednesday for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, which is considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

      After months of negotiations, all sides in a class action lawsuit against the owner of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas agreed to the settlement, plaintiffs' attorney Robert Eglet told CNN by phone.
      There is a 30 day period of appeal for the settlement, Eglet said.
      "We are hopeful it will be completed in a manner that we will be able to disperse the victims' funds before the end of the year."
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    2. NJ Officers Harassed with Sex Toys Receives Nearly $2.5M Settlement

      NJ Officers Harassed with Sex Toys Receives Nearly $2.5M Settlement

      New Jersey borough settled a lawsuit with police employees who claimed to have been harassed with a sex toy known as “Big Blue” for nearly a decade, a report said Tuesday.

      Mountainside officials approved a $2.45 million payout on Sept. 18 to be split among five Mountainside police officers and one part-time employee, the New York Post reported.

      The group of police employees alleged that top police and municipal officials allowed the “harassing, inappropriate and illegal conduct” with the sex toy – a dildo, according to documents obtained by the paper. The complaint said the harassment began in 2007 or 2008.

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    3. Texas Hospital and Ex-Managers Pay $16.4M in False Claims Settlement

      Texas Hospital and Ex-Managers Pay $16.4M in False Claims Settlement

      Lakeway (Texas) Regional Medical Center and its former managers agreed to pay more than $16.4 million to resolve two separate False Claims Act lawsuits, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 28. 

      The medical center will pay $13.6 million and co-defendants will pay $1.8 million to resolve allegations of fraudulently obtaining and misusing federal loans. The co-defendants, Surgical Development Partners, Surgical Development Partners of Austin Enterprises, and G. Edward Alexander, Frank Sossi and John Prater, assisted in the development and management of the hospital.

      In the case involving fraudulent loans, the Justice Department alleged that when applying for a mortgage loan from the Federal Housing Administration, the defendants made false statements and omissions to overstate physician support ...

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    4. $12.5M Settlement Announced in Sinkhole Case that Displaced Families

      $12.5M Settlement Announced in Sinkhole Case that Displaced Families

      A $12.5 million settlement was announced Tuesday in the lawsuit involving a massive sinkhole in Fraser that displaced several families on Christmas Eve in 2016. 

      The Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District board sued the insurance company for three contractors in April 2019, claiming human error was to blame for circumstances that opened a crack in the MIDDD sanitary sewer pipe, caused infiltration of sand into the pipe, and eventually caused the collapse of the sewer and the ground above on 15 Mile Road at Eberlein Drive. The sinkhole measured approximately 50 feet wide, 260 feet long and 65 feet deep - approximately the size of a football field. 

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    5. Wireless Carriers Settle With California Whistleblower for $116M

      Wireless Carriers Settle With California Whistleblower for $116M

      AT&T and Verizon have now settled a California lawsuit started back in 2012, with either carrier agreeing to pay out amounts totaling to as much as $116 million. That's for settlement costs alone. Both carriers cite the long timeframe for the case and costly litigation for the decision. But each also continues to deny any allegations of wrong-doing, the Los Angeles Times writes.

      For Verizon, the payout will equate to $68 million, overshadowing another payout of $8 million the company is set to settle for in a similar Nevada suit. That doesn't include attorney's fees either. For those, Verizon will pay out an additional $23.45 million.

      AT&T, conversely, will pay out $48 million for ...

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    6. $20M Settlement for Man Shot by Police While Handcuffed

      $20M Settlement for Man Shot by Police While Handcuffed

      Attorneys for Prince George's County, Md., announced Monday that a settlement had been reached with the family of 43-year-old William Green, a Black man who was fatally shot while handcuffed in a police cruiser.

      Monday's announcement stems from Green's death in late January, after which a Prince George's County police officer, Cpl. Michael A. Owen Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Owen, who is also Black, was fired from the department the day after the shooting.

      The $20 million settlement was announced by Angela Alsobrooks (D), the county executive for Prince George's County, told Tat a press conference Monday morning.

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    7. Google's Parent Company Alphabet Settles Sexual Misconduct Claims for $310M

      Google's Parent Company Alphabet Settles Sexual Misconduct Claims for $310M

      San Francisco: Google's parent company Alphabet has pledged a slew of measures, including a commitment of $310 million, to settle lawsuits by shareholders over its alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct by executives.

      As part of the settlement, Alphabet said it will ensure that $310 million in funding goes toward diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and over the next decade. According to a report in Ars Technica on Saturday, Alphabet has even agreed to allow its board to assume more oversight roles in allegations of misconduct.

      "We're building on our current practice of prohibiting severance for anyone terminated for any form of misconduct, and expanding the prohibition to anyone who is the subject of a pending investigation for sexual ...

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    8. Mike Tyson Agreed to $8M Settlement to Fan He Assaulted

      Mike Tyson Agreed to $8M Settlement to Fan He Assaulted

      In his prime, Mike Tyson was known for being one of the most dominant boxers of all time. He was a generous person who gave away over a dozen cars and took his friends on yacht trips around the world, but he had another side as well. He could also be a volatile and violent person that would attack people for no good reason and often ended up in trouble because of this.

      On multiple occasions, Tyson assaulted fans and random people for seemingly benign offenses, such as asking for an autograph or wanting to take a picture. His short temper caught up with him, and he began shelling out millions of dollars in settlements to those he attacked. In ...

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    9. Edison Agrees to $1.16B Settlement Over California Natural Disasters

      Edison Agrees to $1.16B Settlement Over California Natural Disasters

      Southern California Edison on Wednesday announced a $1.16 billion settlement with the insurance companies suing over the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide disasters in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. 

      The Rosemead-based utility company announced the resolution in a news release, stating that Edison made no admission of wrongdoing or liability as part of the agreement. 

      “We are making significant progress toward resolving wildfire-related litigation,” said Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International, Edison's parent company.

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    10. $97M Settlement Between Gilead and DOJ Over Kickbacks

      $97M Settlement Between Gilead and DOJ Over Kickbacks

      Amid an industrywide kickbacks investigation into pharma's charity contributions, Gilead Sciences has become the latest drugmaker to strike a deal. Though the company says it doesn't believe it violated any laws, it agreed to pay $97 million to resolve kickbacks allegations.

      Gilead inked the settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve claims it used a patient foundation as a “conduit” to cover Medicare patients’ copays for Letairis, a pulmonary arterial hypertension drug that’s now off patent.

      Gilead is the latest drugmaker to strike a deal in the yearslong probe, following settlements of various sizes for Sanofi, Pfizer, Astellas, Amgen, Alexion and United Therapeutics, among others. 

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    11. JPMorgan Will Pay Nearly $1B Settlement for Market Manipulation

      JPMorgan Will Pay Nearly $1B Settlement for Market Manipulation

      JPMorgan is set to pay nearly $1 billion to settle with US authorities investigating whether the bank manipulated the metals and Treasury markets, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

      The sum would set a record for spoofing-related settlements and could be announced as soon as this week, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The payment would be in line with other market-manipulation sanctions but surpass previous spoofing fines.

      The payment would resolve investigations by the Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the report. The agencies have been looking into whether traders on JPMorgan's metals-futures and Treasury desks interfered with the respective markets.

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    12. Ralph Grocery Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case for $30,000

      Ralph Grocery Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case for $30,000

      SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Ralphs Grocery Co. has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit alleging a courtesy clerk at its Point Loma store was denied a request to change her work schedule to accommodate her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.

      The agency’s lawsuit alleged the Ralphs store in question denied the employee’s request to change her schedule, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and she was forced to quit as a result.

      “The EEOC applauds Ralphs for agreeing to meaningful measures to protect pregnant employees in the workplace,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s ...

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    13. Illinois Facebook Users Can Get Their Part in $650M Settlement

      Illinois Facebook Users Can Get Their Part in $650M Settlement

      Following a $650 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against social media giant Facebook, Illinois residents who have accounts with the website can now file claims for payouts potentially ranging from $200 to $400.

      According to the law firm that filed the suit, claims are now being accepted as a result of a settlement between the plaintiffs and the social media website.

      The lawsuit — one of more than 400 filed against tech companies big and small in the past five years, by one law firm's count — alleged that Facebook broke Illinois' strict biometric privacy law that allows people to sue companies that fail to get consent before harvesting consumers' data, including through facial and fingerprint scanning.

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    14. Whistleblower Claims Lead to Nearly $58M Settlement with Hanford Contractors

      Whistleblower Claims Lead to Nearly $58M Settlement with Hanford Contractors

      Hanford contractors involved in the long-running effort to build the site’s Waste Treatment Plant have agreed to pay a $57.75 million settlement to the U.S. Justice Department to resolve whistleblower claims of fraudulent overcharges that inflated the hours of labor and billed for work that was not actually performed.

      The settlement announced Tuesday with Bechtel Corp., AECOM Energy & Construction, and an AECOM subsidary covers work undertaken to build the Waste Treatment Plant. This construction work has soaked up many billions of federal dollars to develop a complex able to treat and stabilize hazardous chemical and radioactive wastes for long-term storage.

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    15. Argos Agrees to $10.2M Settlement Resolving Defective Concrete Lawsuit

      Argos Agrees to $10.2M Settlement Resolving Defective Concrete Lawsuit

      ATLANTASept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope McGlamry, P.C. and Moss & Gilmore LLP are pleased to announce that a $10.02 million settlement has been reached between Argos USA LLC, ("Argos") and the plaintiff class ("Plaintiffs") (the "Settlement").  The litigation stems from Plaintiffs' allegations that Argos supplied a specific concrete mix that contained an excessive amount of fly ash that was not designed or intended for slab or flatwork uses, creating surface durability and dusting issues at residential properties.  The mix was poured during a six-month period in 2013 in the Savannah, Georgia area and affected hundreds of residential properties, many owned by veterans.

      On August 30, 2019, United States District Judge, the Hon. R. Stan Baker in the Southern ...

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    16. Verizon Wireless Settles for $1.9M in 'Wage Theft' Lawsuit

      Verizon Wireless Settles for $1.9M in 'Wage Theft' Lawsuit

      A federal judge in September approved a nearly $1.9 million settlement to a class action lawsuit brought against Cello Partnership, which does business as Verizon Wireless, by a former Marietta store employee who alleged the telecommunications giant underpaid workers.

      The suit — which was filed in federal court, but settled in mediation in March — awarded nearly 4,000 current and former Verizon store workers across the nation more than $1 million in compensation, according to an order passed down by Chief Judge Algenon Marbley of The Southern District of Ohio. The money will be distributed based on the numbers of unpaid hours worked.

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    17. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Enters into $11.8M Settlement California

      Novartis Pharmaceuticals Enters into $11.8M Settlement California

      On September 14, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced an $11.8 million settlement against Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation related to Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act violations. According to the allegations, from January 2002 through November 2011, Novartis engaged in a kickback scheme by offering cash payments, meals, and honoraria to healthcare practitioners that impacted Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Novartis allegedly offered these kickbacks to encourage practitioners to prescribe certain Novartis products, including Lotrel, Valturna, Starlix, Tekamlo, Diovan, Diovan HCT, Tekturna, Tekturna HCT, Exforge, and Exforge HCT.

      In the settlement, Novartis admitted that between January 2002 and November 2011, it held meetings and events as part of its marketing efforts for the above-named drugs, including events such as speaker ...

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    18. $4M Settlement Approved in Fatal Police Shooting of Miles Hall

      $4M Settlement Approved in Fatal Police Shooting of Miles Hall

      A $4 million settlement was approved Friday in a civil rights case involving the death of Miles Hall in Walnut Creek in June of last year, city officials announced.

      Hall was killed in an encounter with police June 2, 2019, after his family called police to tell them he was running around the neighborhood behaving erratically. Police apparently knew Hall suffered from a mental illness. He had a pointed crowbar with him that city officials said was nearly 5-feet long and weighed 13.4 pounds.

      Police officers called Hall toward them and then told him to stop, which he did for a moment. Then he changed directions in what his family said was an effort to run past police. Police ...

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    19. West Virginia Hospital Agrees to $50M Settlement to Resolve Allegations

      West Virginia Hospital Agrees to $50M Settlement to Resolve Allegations

      On September 9, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $50 million settlement with Wheeling Hospital, Inc. of West Virginia to resolve False Claims Act allegations that Wheeling Hospital violated the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law. Broadly speaking, the AKS and Stark Law require that physicians’ compensation be based on fair market value and not determined in a manner that takes into account the volume or value of their referrals.

      The settlement resolved False Claims Act allegations that were triggered by a qui tam lawsuit brought by a former vice president of Wheeling Hospital who oversaw hospital operations and physician engagements. According to the relator's complaint, Wheeling Hospital, under its former management, paid several physicians annual compensation ...

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    20. $23M Settlement Awarded to Dayton Schools Over State Funding

      $23M Settlement Awarded to Dayton Schools Over State Funding

      A Franklin County Common Pleas judge has awarded Dayton Public Schools $23.67 million in its decade-long lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education concerning state school funding from 2004-05 through 2006-07.

      The judge’s ruling says in those years the state improperly calculated funding tied to charter school enrollment, as well as “add-in students” who enrolled in charter schools after the state’s annual October enrollment count. That resulted in the Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo school districts getting less funding than called for in the state formula.

      “Our students who lost educational opportunities because of the Ohio Department of Education’s failure to follow the funding formula, are likely long gone from our district,” said DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli ...

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    21. $330M Settlement Reached with Approximately 1,000 ITT Tech Students

      $330M Settlement Reached with Approximately 1,000 ITT Tech Students

      Approximately 1,000 former ITT Tech students in South Carolina were part of a $330 million settlement for debt relief after a lawsuit against the for-profit school.

      Attorney General Alan Wilson said the 1,000 South Carolina students were able to receive $8.6 million. Across the nation, 35,000 students will share $330 million.

      According to a press release, the settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the college. ITT Tech filed for bankruptcy in 2016 after investigations into their federal student aid.

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    22. $5M Settlement Reached for Police Crash that Killed Two Boys

      $5M Settlement Reached for Police Crash that Killed Two Boys

      Boyle Heights - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $5 million settlement today in the case of a sheriff's deputy whose patrol vehicle crashed and killed two boys, 7 and 9 years old, on a sidewalk in 2017.

      The vote was made without comment by the board.

      Deputy Carrie Robles-Placencia, a patrol trainee with an 11-year veteran by her side, was responding to a call involving a shooting when she hit the two brothers, who were walking home from school with their mother, according to a charge evaluation worksheet provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

       

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    23. Louisville Agrees to Settle Breonna Taylor's Wrongful Death for $12M

      Louisville Agrees to Settle Breonna Taylor's Wrongful Death for $12M

      (CNN)The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and institute sweeping police reforms in a historic settlement of the family's wrongful death lawsuit.

      Mayor Greg Fischer, Taylor's family and their attorneys announced the settlement at a joint press conference on Tuesday. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed in her home by police on March 13.
      As part of the settlement, the city agreed to establish a housing credit program as an incentive for officers to live in the areas they serve; use social workers to provide support on certain police runs; and require commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval, among other changes.
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    24. $1.43M Settlement from Kelly-Moore Paint Company for Hazardous Waste Lawsuit

      $1.43M Settlement from Kelly-Moore Paint Company for Hazardous Waste Lawsuit

      SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A lawsuit by 10 Northern California district attorneys led by San Mateo County’s DA against Kelly-Moore Paint Company has resulted in a $1.43 million settlement to resolve allegations of hazardous waste law violations, authorities announced.

      San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe Monday announced the settlement by San Carlos-based Kelly-Moore following a lawsuit alleging the company routinely and illegally dumped paint, aerosol products, electronic devices and other hazardous waste into company waste bins sent to municipal landfills which were not authorized to accept hazardous waste.

      The company was sued by Wagstaffe and the DA’s from Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Placer, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

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