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  • Pacific Marine to pay $20,000 settlement in waste oil lawsuit.
    Honolulu, HI: (Mar-25-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed charges against Pacific Marine and Industrial Corp., alleging that the company's oil and hazardous waste management procedures were in violation of federal laws. The suit stated that EPA and CNMI Division of Environmental Quality inspectors discovered the violations during a rou...
  • District to pay $151,000 settlement in employment lawsuit.
    Detroit, MI: (Mar-25-08) Chuck Breiner, superintendent of the Howell School District, brought charges against the financially strapped district over his resignation and severance. Records show that the dispute stemmed from investigations the school launched after employees complained about a hostile work environment, and communication issues arose surrou...
  • Ohio State Patrol to pay $1.18 million settlement in wrongful death lawsuit.
    Bazetta Township, OH: (Mar-25-08) The family of Joseph Robertson brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Bazetta Township, after Robertson died in an accident involving the highway patrol. The suit stated that the 18 year old was killed when his car was struck by a state patrol cruiser in Bazetta Township seven years ago. Per police records and testimon...
  • Landlord pays $15,000 settlement in overcharging lawsuit.
    Lafayette, NJ: (Mar-25-08) Several college students living off campus brought a lawsuit against Dave Adams, the landlord of three properties with two located on Prosper Street and one on Lafayette Street, alleging that he overcharged the students, violating the city's rent control ordinance establishing fair rent levels. The suit was resolved after the p...
  • Auto lender to pay $362,000 settlement in high interest lawsuit.
    Richmond, VA: (Mar-25-08) Attorney General Robert McDonnell brought charges against Auto Cash Title Loans LLC, a Richmond-area lender, alleging that it overcharged customers more than the 12% interest allowed under state law. Sources stated that the company had agreed to a settlement with the Attorney General's office, in which it would pay over $25,000...
  • Michael J. Hanft to pay $900,000 settlement in fraud lawsuit.
    Cumberland, PA: (Mar-25-08) Raymond and Genevieve Diehl of South Middleton Township., brought a lawsuit against the former Carlisle law firm of Michael J. Hanft, alleging that the Cumberland County lawyer engaged in a gambling related fraud before he killed himself. The Diehls claimed that Hanft borrowed more than $600,000 from them under false pretenses...
  • Ohio proposes $1.1 million settlement in wrongful death lawsuit.
    Columbus, OH: (Mar-25-08) The family of Lori Smith brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Ohio, after the Ohio woman and two Highway Patrol troopers were killed in a fiery crash. The suit claimed that a highway patrol car collided with Smith's pickup truck in Gallapolis in 2006, killing Smith, Trooper Joshua Risner and Sgt. Dale Holcomb. T...
  • Hollinger Inc. to pay $1 million settlement in stock structure lawsuit.
    Chicago, IL: (Mar-25-08) Hollinger Inc. and the Sun-Times Media Group have been embroiled in a legal battle over a stock ownership structure, reaching back to the Conrad Black era, that gave Canada-based Hollinger 20% of the Sun-Times' stock but 70% of its voting shares. Conrad Black, the company's former CEO, is in federal prison for his role in swindli...
  • Herman Miller to pay $750,000 settlement in advertising lawsuit.
    Zeeland, MI: (Mar-25-08) New York authorities brought charges against Herman Miller Inc., a furniture maker, alleging that it falsely advertised its products, limiting retail price competition. The suit was filed after an investigation into the Minimum Advertised Price Program maintained by the Herman Miller for the Home division, revealed that the progr...
  • Bates College pays $105,000 settlement in discrimination lawsuit.
    Tacoma, WA: (Mar-25-08) Alycia Carmichael-Milan, a former nursing student at Bates Technical College, brought a lawsuit against the school, alleging that she faced retaliation after she complained of physical mistreatment. The suit claimed that Carmichael-Milan was suspended from the school's nursing program for 12 weeks in March 2006, after she had comp...
  • Goodyear to pay $25,000 settlement in employment lawsuit.
    Phoenix, AZ: (Mar-24-08) Avelina Fitzpatrick, a female police officer, brought charges against the city of Goodyear, alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender. Fitzpatrick filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court in September 2007, claiming that she was arbitrarily removed from a field training officer assignment wit...
  • Asbestos: One Man's Story
    Mar-26-08 Stainforth, UK He may live half a world away, but Dennis Beddoes is a classic example of not only the health hazards of asbestos , but also of the typical delay governing the onset of asbestos-related diseases such as cancer, asbestosis and asbestos mesothelioma. The 70-year-old retired shipbuilder from Stainforth, England suddenly developed a persiste...
  • School district to pay $50,000 settlement in discrimination lawsuit.
    Collier County, FL: (Mar-24-08) Three custodial employees at Tommie Barfield Elementary School brought a discrimination lawsuit against the Collier County School District, alleging that they were discriminated against on the basis of their race. Teresita Rodriguez, Orquidia Pino and Adelfo Rives filed the lawsuit, claiming that they were discriminated ag...
  • Highway department to pay $125,000 settlement in environmental lawsuit.
    Charleston, WV: (Mar-24-08) The West Virginia State Department of Environmental Protection brought an environmental damage lawsuit against the State Division of Highways, alleging that there were repeated environmental violations while the state agency worked on US 35 in Putnam County. The suit was filed after State Department of Environmental Protection...
  • City to pay undisclosed settlement in harassment lawsuit.
    Platteville, WI: (Mar-24-08) Brett Timmerman, an openly gay former college student, brought a lawsuit against a man who attacked him with anti-gay slogans, appealing to Wisconsin's hate crime law, which provides special damages for victims of violence on the basis of sexual orientation. The suit stated that Timmerman, who was at the time a student at Uni...
  • Michigan to pay $300,000 settlement in contract lawsuit.
    Lansing, MI: (Mar-24-08) State housing chief Michael DeVos and the state of Michigan have been embroiled in a legal battle, over his firing as director of the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. DeVos quit under compulsion, after a year of altercations with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and with some members of his board, over alienated low-income...
  • Greene County to pay $85,000 settlement in trespassing lawsuit.
    Greene County, VA: (Mar-24-08) Michael Morris brought a lawsuit against the Greene County sheriff's department, alleging that the deputies interfered in a custody battle. Records state that Sheriff's deputies got involved when the mother called for help, and took a toddler, who had been living with her father, Michael Morris, most of her young life, by f...
  • Tomato grower to pay undisclosed settlement in lawsuit.
    Miami, FL: (Mar-24-08) The family of Carlos Candelario Herrera, a 3-year-old boy, brought a personal injury claim against tomato grower Ag-Mart, after the boy was born with no arms and no legs. The suit claimed that the child's parents worked in Ag-Mart's fields, in NC and in FL, while his mother was pregnant in 2004. The parents alleged that the birth d...
  • Yuma County to pay up to $250,000 proposed settlement in property tax lawsuit.
    Yuma County, AZ: (Mar-24-08) Qwest Corporation brought a lawsuit against several governments throughout Arizona, including Yuma County, alleging that the governments overtaxed Qwest on various properties in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Revenue and all 15 state counties are named as defendants in the suit. The three-year-old suit claime...
  • Dover to pay $600,000 settlement in financial reporting lawsuit.
    Worcester, MA: (Mar-24-08) A lawsuit was brought against Littleton-based equestrian retailer Dover Saddlery Inc., over the company's financial advisory services before the company's 2005 IPO. Sources close to the case stated that the company reached a settlement with the plaintiff, in which it paid out $600,000 to resolve allegations. Additionally, compa...
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