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  • College Square Mall Associates Wheelchair Access Settlement
    Cedar Falls, IA: (Jun-30-07) The Justice Department brought charges against the owners of Cedar Falls' College Square Mall, following an investigation that was spurred on by a complaint filed by a woman using a wheelchair. The complaint, filed in 1999, alleged that the disabled woman faced difficulty getting to parts of the mall. Investigators looked at a...
  • Tacoma, WA School Chief Resignation Settlement
    Tacoma, WA: (Jul-01-07) Tacoma schools chief Charlie Milligan filed charges against the school, regarding his exit from the district after only a year on the job. In 2006, Milligan left the Fontana, CA Unified School District with a "resignation/retirement" pact that included a large cash-out for leave days and retirement funds after less than two years on...
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools Administrator Discrimination Settlement
    Pittsburgh, PA: (Jun-29-07) Andrew King, a former Pittsburgh Public Schools administrator filed suit against the Pittsburgh Public School District, alleging that he was wrongfully passed over for superintendent. King, who has a prior arrest for lewdness, served as interim chief in 2005 and applied for the job on a permanent basis. The position went instead...
  • Diocese of Metuchen Pastor Abuse Settlement
    Woodbridge, NJ: (Jul-02-07) A sexual molestation lawsuit was filed against Mike Cashman, former pastor of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Woodbridge, by two accusers, who spoke up 24 years after the alleged incident took place in 1979. The accusers, a 14-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister at the time, claimed that the priest sexually molested them...
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative Clean Air Act Violations Upgrades
    Winchester, KY: (Jul-02-07) The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), alleging that the cooperative had violated the Clean Air Act at three of its coal fire power plants, including the Spurlock Plant in Mason County and the Dale Plant located in Clark Cou...
  • St. Jude Medical Inc. Patent Infringement Settlement
    Minneapolis, MN: (Jul-02-07) Mirowski Family Ventures LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against St. Jude Medical Inc., alleging that the medical company infringed certain patents in Mirowski's portfolio. The lawsuit was part of a broader litigation between Guidant Corp., now part of Boston Scientific and St. Jude. In a settlement reached, St. J...
  • Bartow, FL Building Dispute Settlement
    Bartow, FL: (Jul-01-07) Two Bartow lawyers Neal O'Toole and Richard McKinley brought a lawsuit against the city in 2005, after officials condemned their century-old building in downtown Bartow. O'Toole owns the Philips building at 330 E. Main St. In a settlement reached, the city agreed to settle the lawsuit with a $150,000 payout. The city could have sett...
  • Sierra Pacific Industries Timber Air Pollution Settlement
    Placer County, CA: (Jul-02-07) The Placer County Air Pollution Control District, with the California Attorney General and the California Air Resources Board brought an environmental damage lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries, a timber operations company and California's largest private landowner. The suit was filed over a civil complaint that was fil...
  • Harrison County, MS Jail Wrongful Death Settlement
    Harrison County, MS: (Jul-03-07) The family of Jessie Lee Williams filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Harrison County and the City of Gulfport. Williams died in the Harrison County jail in February 2006. His family filed a $150 million civil lawsuit alleging negligence and wrong doing as a cause for his untimely demise. In a settlement reached, t...
  • Public Service Electric and Gas, Locke Stove Co. Family Fire Wrongful Deaths Settlement
    North Bergen, NJ: (Jul-02-07) Keri Ann Malo and her sister were in a devastating fire that ripped through their family's home, leaving them with burns over more than half their body and killing their brother, mother, and eventually their father, filed suit against their former landlords, and with Public Service Electric and Gas and the now-defunct Locke St...
  • How Class Action Members Receive Notice
    Jul-2-07 New York, NY: LawyersandSettlements.com asked notice expert Todd Hilsee how people involved in a class action lawsuit (also called plaintiffs or members) are found and notified of settlements -- and how to ensure they get the right benefits. "It is a very careful process: lawyers must notify members of their legal rights and they also need to notify the...
  • Ivyland Cafe Paralyzed Road Worker Settlement
    Doylestown, PA: (Jun-29-07) Joseph Tuski of Pottstown brought a lawsuit against Michael Petaccio and the Ivyland Cafe, a tavern owned by Petacciao's parents. Tuski, a road worker, was left a quadriplegic when a car driven by Michael Petaccio struck him as he directed traffic on January 17th, 2001, in Warminster. Petaccio had just left the Ivyland Cafe, a t...
  • East Carolina University Provost Salary Settlement
    Greenville, NC: (Jun-29-07) William Swart, East Carolina University's (ECU) former provost, filed a civil suit against the university over lost wages. The lawsuit, filed in September 2004, claimed that ECU breached Swart's contract by not paying his original salary for at least one full semester to allow for him to prepare for the transition to faculty, ni...
  • Oakland, CA 'Riders' Cop Defamation Settlement
    Oakland, CA: (Jun-28-07) Matthew Hornung, a former city police officer who was part of a team of rogue officers dubbed the "Riders," filed a federal lawsuit against the city in 2006, over allegations made in 2000 that he and three other officers framed, kidnapped, and beat West Oakland residents. Hornung sued the city for fraud, claiming police department...
  • Mellon Financial Corp. Destroyed Tax Returns Settlement
    Washington, DC: (Jun-28-07) The US government filed charges against Mellon Financial Corp. and its subsidiary Mellon Bank NA, alleging that the bank destroyed tens of thousands of tax returns and checks in 2001. The Justice Department filed the suit after it was discovered that Mellon employees had destroyed 77,000 tax returns and checks received from taxp...
  • TOUSA, Inc. Lenders Settlement
    Hollywood, FL: (Jun-29-07) A settlement agreement was entered into by TOUSA, Inc. and Transeastern JV, wherein TOUSA, Inc. agreed to settle with the senior and junior mezzanine lenders to the Transeastern JV, including the senior lenders, the mezzanine lenders, the JV partner and land bankers. The company expects to close the global settlement on or about...
  • Esterline Corporation Explosion Property Damage Settlement
    London, UK: (Jun-28-07) Esterline Corporation reached a settlement agreement with its insurance carrier to settle property damage and business interruption claims related to the 2006 explosion at Esterline's UK-based countermeasure flares operation, Wallop Defence Systems. The settlement is said to include a £16 million payment to Wallop. Including paymen...
  • GLG Partners Hedge Fund Fraud Fine
    Boston, MA: (Jun-26-07) The US Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against hedge fund GLG Partners, alleging that a probe revealed that the company had earned $2.2 million in illegal profits. Regulators said the firm engaged in manipulative short-selling that helped earn it $2.2 million in illegal profit between July 2003 and July 2005. The...
  • Midland, TX City Manager Termination Settlement
    Midland, TX: (Jun-26-07) Rick Menchaca, former Midlands City Manager, reached a settlement with the city council over termination of his tenure and relinquishing his position to the new manager. As part of the settlement, the city council approved of giving Menchaca $481,158, a figure that included attorney fees. The agreement approved by the City Council...
  • Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, LLP Breach of Fiduciary Duties Settlement
    New York, NY: (Jun-26-07) Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, LLP, a former prominent Manhattan law firm, was charged with committing a "wanton and reckless or malicious act" by a New York City jury, who ruled after a six-day trial. The suit alleged that Henry I. Rothman, Esq., a Parker Chapin partner who now heads the Israeli Practice Team at the Manhattan...
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