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  • Citation Corp. Overcharged Auto Parts Settlement
    New York, NY: (Jun-08-07) Dana Corp. filed a lawsuit against Citation Corp., one of its biggest suppliers of parts used in Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. automobiles, alleging that Citation overcharged for products. The suit was filed with the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. In a settlement reached, Citation agreed to pay Dana about $790,000 t...
  • Pittsburgh Brewing Co. Sewer Bill Settlement
    Pittsburgh, PA: (Jun-09-07) The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority board filed suit against Pittsburgh Brewing Co. alleging that the brewery owed as much as $2.7 million in back payments to the water authority. The brewery, known for its Iron City Beer, ran up delinquent sewer bills and penalties. The authority paid the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority...
  • Marriott International Inc. IRS Taxes Settlement
    Washington, DC: (Jun-08-07) The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor brought charges against hotel operator Marriott International Inc., over their review of one aspect of the company's retirement plan. In a settlement reached, Marriott International agreed to a $220 million payout to the US Treasury and state tax jurisdictions. The payme...
  • Chesapeake, VA Police Math Test Screening Discrimination Settlement
    Chesapeake, VA: (Jun-10-07) The US Justice Department brought racial discrimination charges against the Chesapeake Police Department, alleging that they used a math test that unfairly disqualified black and Hispanic officer applicants. The lawsuit, filed last July in US District Court, alleged that Chesapeake violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with its...
  • Westra Construction, Inc. Company Closing Employee Settlement
    Waupun, WI: (Jun-10-07) The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) filed a lawsuit on behalf of over forty eight former employees of Westra Construction, Inc. against their employer. The suit alleged that the Watertown plant violated the state's wages payable law and business closing notification law when it ceased operating in April 2005. It...
  • Environmental Law: Whistle-blowers Have the Wind at Their Back
    Jun-11-07 Topeka, KA Sarah and Ray Dean are proof positive that you can take the environment into your own hands, and make a difference for the benefit of all. The Lawrence, Kansas couple has filed an environmental lawsuit demanding that the state limit carbon dioxide emissions. In doing so, the two environmentalists are testing the strength and tenacity of env...
  • CVS Caremark Corp. Shareholder Merger Settlement
    Wilmington, DE: (Jun-10-07) A shareholders lawsuit was filed against CVS Caremark Corp., the second largest US drugstore chain, which challenged the buyout that formed the company. Combining the two companies created one of the biggest US mail order and retail pharmacy chains and made the business more competitive with Walgreen's, which has 5,700 stores, a...
  • Ezra Dweck Fraudulent Online Bidding Settlement
    New York, NY: (Jun-10-07) New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office brought civil fraud charges against Manhattan jeweler Ezra Dweck, owner of the EMH Group. An investigation begun after EBay, in an ongoing effort to combat abuses of its services, brought the deceptive practices to the attention of then attorney general, Eliot Spitzer in late 2005. C...
  • Fire Accidents Can Happen to You
    Jun-10-07 Bellingham, WA A campfire represents the perfect end to a perfect day in the wilderness. We look forward to them. And yet how we fear fire, and fire accidents. The thought of losing a child, one's home, health, a job - are all tied to the fear of starting, living through, or dying from a fire. Disfigurement from burns, beyond the sheer pain and discom...
  • Patni Computer Systems Ltd. Immigrant Work Visa Violations Settlement
    Boston, MA: (Jun-07-07) The US Department of Labor brought charges against Patni Computer Systems Ltd., alleging that the company underpaid hundreds of employees hired under a controversial US visa program for highly skilled foreign workers. The firm was among nine India-based companies that recently were sent letters, questioning their use of the visa pro...
  • Visalia, CA Theater Eminent Domain Settlement
    Visalia, CA: (Jun-07-07) Restoration Inc., a city church, and the city resolved their long standing dispute over ownership of a theater, after the city agreed to pay $672,000 for the theater as a settlement. In 2004, Restoration made a $600,000 offer to buy the Main Street Theater after the Enchanted Playhouse children's theater failed to come up with en...
  • San Leandro, CA Police Taser Wrongful Death Settlement
    San Leandro, CA: (Jun-07-07) The family of Jose Maravilla Perez Jr. filed a federal civil rights suit against the city, alleging that Perez Jr. died after police officers repeatedly shocked him with Taser stun guns. The suit, which sought $10 million in damages, alleged that officers choked and shocked 33-year-old Perez in October 2005 without just provoca...
  • Robert J. Matkovich Campaign Contributions Fine
    Chula Vista, CA: (Jun-07-07) The State Fair Political Practices Commission brought charges against Robert J. Matkovich, a Chula Vista dentist, alleging he made illegal campaign contributions to Steve Padilla during his successful 2002 mayoral campaign. The commission's investigation of Matkovich's contributions began in 2004. In 2002, Chula Vista had a cam...
  • Brooklyn, NY College Are Show Ban Civil Rights Settlement
    Brooklyn, NY: (Jun-07-07) A group of Brooklyn College art students filed a First Amendment, civil rights violations lawsuit against city commissioner Julius Spiegel for ordering the removal of what he deemed "inappropriate" artwork from a war memorial in May 2006. The order incited free-speech activists and spurred on the filing of the First Amendment law...
  • Bad Faith Insurance: Looking Out for Number One - And it isn't You
    Jun-9-07 Beaumont, TX Freddie and Zohreh Shahrodi know all about what their insurance policy SAYS. It's what their insurer didn't deliver that has the Jefferson County couple up in arms, and battling in court—yet another lawsuit against bad faith insurance. According to an article in the Southeast Texas Record the couple's insurer, Fire Insurance Exchan...
  • Billy Donovan Basketball Coach NBA Contract Settlement
    Gainesville, FL: (Jun-07-07) Billy Donovan formally apologized for changing his mind to coach the Orlando Magic, claiming that he no longer had any desire to coach in the NBA. He stated that he belonged at the University of Florida and wanted to be there for as long as the administration would allow. Donovan, who led the Gators to back-to-back national cha...
  • US Marine Corps. Recruiters Misconduct Settlement
    San Francisco, CA: (Jun-07-07) Two female high school students filed charges against Sgts. Joseph Dunzweiler and Brian Fukushima, of the US Marine Corps, alleging that the two recruiters raped them at a slumber party at a Ukiah recruiting office. The women were in high school, 17-years-old, and interested in joining the military in late 2004 when they clai...
  • Challenge Financial Investors Corp. Unlicensed Brokers Settlement
    Raleigh, FL: (Jun-07-07) The state of North Carolina brought charges against Challenge Financial Investors Corp., alleging that it did not supervise its loan officers and solicited mortgage applications from brokers who were unlicensed to do business in the state. Joseph Smith, North Carolina's commissioner of banks, stated that Challenge Financial headqua...
  • Vesuvius USA Corporation Chemical Spill Damage Settlement
    Springfield, IL: (Jun-07-07) The State of Illinois brought charges against Vesuvius USA Corporation, claiming that the company contributed to the damage of natural resources in Coles County that were injured by a June 2001 chemical spill. Vesuvius USA develops, manufactures, and markets high performance specialty ceramics, refractory products, and control...
  • Perry Township, OH Drug Raid Shooting Settlement
    Perry Township, OH: (Jun-07-07) Shay Neace and his mother, Michelle Neace, filed a lawsuit against Perry officer William Watson, Perry Township, and the city of Massillon in US District Court. The lawsuit was filed after Watson shot Shay Neace during a drug raid in March 2003 at a house in the 1300 block of Tremont Avenue SW in Massillon. A six-man team of...
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