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  • Peter Wood Maui Coral Damage Penalty
    Maui, HI: (Jun-12-07) The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) brought charges against Peter Wood, Crystal Seahorse Ltd. part-owner and boat captain, alleging that he illegally entered the 'Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Reserve and damaged coral heads with an anchor, thereby violating state rules protecting stony corals. Wood was at the helm of the...
  • Urbana, IL City Employee Sick Leave and Vacation Pay Settlement
    Urbana, IL: (Jun-12-07) Former Urbana Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Walden brought a complaint against the city after his services were terminated, requesting that he be paid compensation for leave earned. Walden said he did not miss many days of work during his 30-year career with the city of Urbana. Walden, 51, was placed on paid administrative leav...
  • Warner Chilcott Ltd. Generic Ovcon Settlement
    New York, NY: (Jun-12-07) New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office filed charges against Warner Chilcott Ltd. alleging that the pharmaceuticals company illegally conspired with Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. to block a generic drug for its oral contraceptive, Ovcon. The settlement is related to a November 2005 lawsuit, alleging Warner Chilcott agre...
  • George R. Schell Small Plane Crash Wrongful Death Settlement
    Virginia Beach, VA: (Jun-12-07) The family of Judy Broadway filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Norfolk businessman George R. Schell's estate after an aircraft that Schell was flying crashed into the backyard of a Lawson Forest home in 2006. Federal aviation officials determined that Schell, the pilot of a small plane, failed to maintain proper airspeed...
  • AAA Central West Jersey, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and Campana Systems Tow Truck Crash Settlement
    Middlesex County, NJ: (Jun-12-07) Richard Douglas Cannon filed suit against AAA Central West Jersey and AAA Mid-Atlantic, after a tow-truck driver crashed into his car. Cannon, now 27, was driving from his home in Rahway to the college when his 1984 Ford Mustang broke down in the middle lane of Route 1 on Sept. 6, 2001. A tow-truck driver for E&D Auto Re...
  • Eastman Kodak Co. Greece Tax Assessment Settlement
    Greece, NY: (Jun-12-07) The town of Greece and the Greece Central School District have been embroiled in a legal battle with Eastman Kodak Co. over tax assessments regarding Kodak property. In a settlement reached, the parties agreed to resolve issues related to past and future Kodak property assessments. As part of the settlement, it was established...
  • Aera Energy LLC and Baker Petrolite Corp. Chemical Leak Civil Penalty
    Ventura County, CA: (Jun-12-07) The Ventura County District Attorney's Office brought a civil and unlawful business practices lawsuit against Aera Energy LLC, an oil extracting company out of Bakersfield, and Baker Petrolite Corp. of Houston, over their involvement in the accidental release of a chemical that caused several Ventura apartment buildings to b...
  • Cleco Corp. FERC Code of Conduct Settlement
    Baton Rouge, LA: (Jun-12-07) The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) brought charges against Cleco Corp., alleging violations of its code of conduct and a 2003 Commission approved settlement agreement. The FERC suit stated that Cleco violated the 2003 settlement agreement and the code of conduct by sharing six operating personnel and market informa...
  • Car Accidents: Why Walk Away?
    Jun-13-07 Beaumont, TX It is said that the odds of injury or death in a plane crash are a lot lower than simply getting into your car and driving to the corner store for milk. Comforting for anyone with a fear of flying. But what happens in the event of a car accident , and especially if other parties or entities are at fault? Do you simply say, "oh well, I es...
  • Rural/Metro Corp. Ambulance Hospital Referral Whistleblower Settlement
    Scottsdale, AZ: (Jun-11-07) The Justice Department filed charges against Rural/Metro Corp., an ambulance operator, alleging that it provided illegal inducements to hospitals in Texas in exchange for referrals, which was a violation of the False Claims Act. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company provided or offered bribes to Texas hospitals in the form of co...
  • Loan Max Fees and Interest Rate Violations Settlement
    Richmond, VA: (Jun-11-07) The State Attorney General Bob McDonnell's office brought charges against Loan Max, a consumer loan company, alleging that it was guilty of violating Virginia's Consumer Finance Act. Loan Max, a company with 36 locations in Virginia, makes loans to consumers in amounts generally below $2,500. The loans are secured by a motor vehic...
  • Truck Accidents: It's Bound to Get Worse
    Jun-12-07 Lake Station, IN The dump truck crested the hill travelling way too fast. Yes, it's a truck accident. And the truck, too big and too fast, could not avoid colliding with the line of cars stopped along the interstate at the behest of a road crew. The Lincoln at the end of the line took the brunt of the damage, and drove it into the car in front carryin...
  • Remembering a Hero: Asbestos Activist Les Skramstad
    Jun-12-07 Missoula, MT When Lester Lewis "Les" Skramstad died at age 70 several months ago, he left a legacy of community advocacy on behalf of asbestos victims. Skramstad died at his home in Libby, Montana, following a long battle with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related illness. Even as he struggled in his last weeks, he remained outspoken on behalf of his town...
  • Benfield Group Ltd. Lloyd's of London Business Venture Settlement
    London, UK: (Jun-11-07) Lloyd's of London filed a lawsuit against reinsurance broker Benfield Group Ltd., claiming compensation in a failed business venture. The dispute centered on Benfield's role in arranging a policy which triggered a separate court battle between the London insurance market and a group of six insurers in 2005. The 15-month long battle...
  • Mamaroneck, NY Day Laborers Discrimination Settlement
    Westchester, NY: (Jun-11-07) The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which represented six Hispanic immigrant day laborers, filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Mamaroneck, of Westchester village, alleging police officers discriminated against and intimidated the minority workers by asking for their immigration status. The village had s...
  • O'Brien Homes Menlo Park Tomorrow Condo Construction Settlement
    Menlo Park, CA: (Jun-11-07) Menlo Park Tomorrow, a private citizens group, filed charges against O'Brien Homes, a city developer, over the construction of the Derry Lane project. In 2006, the city council approved the four-story Derry Lane project with 135 condos and roughly 21,000 square feet of office and retail space. Menlo Park Tomorrow claimed that th...
  • New Piper Aircraft Company Storm Plane Crash Wrongful Death Settlement
    Osteen, FL: (Jun-11-07) A personal injury lawsuit was filed against the New Piper Aircraft Company, after a Piper Malibu JetProp Conversion aircraft crashed on June 14, 2002, killing an 86-year-old female. The lawsuit was filed by her son, age 61. The suit stated that the plane crashed due to the fact that the pilot flew it into a level 4 storm despite hav...
  • Zale Corp. Piercing Pagoda Employee Overtime Settlement
    New York, NY: (Jun-11-07) A wage and hour lawsuit was filed against Zale Corp. in the Sacramento County Superior Court by certain current and former employees of Zale Piercing Pagoda chain of stores. The suit claimed that the store underpaid its employees and did not equally compensate for overtime. In a settlement reached, Zale Corp. agreed to pay $...
  • Thomas and Nicole Yearsley Toxic Mold House Settlement
    Troy, NY: (Jun-09-07) Kristine Choma filed a housing lawsuit against Kenneth Yearsley of Pittstown, who acted as a realtor for two relatives who sold 6 Magill Ave. to her. The suit was filed after Choma was forced to abandon the house, after a toxic mold infestation sickened her and her daughter. She said an inspector she hired to look over the home after...
  • Dominion Diagnostics Urine Drug Testing Medicaid Over Billing Settlement
    Montpelier, VT: (Jun-08-07) The Vermont Medicaid system filed charges against Dominion Diagnostics, of North Kingstown, RI, alleging that the medical lab company overcharged the state for services including testing urine samples for drugs. Investigations revealed that Dominion over billed Medicaid for lab work from January of 2001 through June of 2003 and...
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