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  • Tidewater Inc. Vessle Value Depreciation SEC Settlement
    New Orleans, LA: (May-25-07) The US Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges against New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc., following an investigation that revealed Tidewater improperly reviewed depreciation estimates for some of its vessels and inaccurately disclosed the active status of those vessels, among other internal controls. The impairm...
  • Safety-Kleen Systems Hazardous Waste Violations Penalty
    Espanola, NM: (May-25-07) The State Environment Department filed charges against Safety-Kleen Systems, an Albuquerque service center that receives and ships large volumes of hazardous waste each year, including spent solvents, ignitable waste and corrosive substances. The suit claimed that the company indulged in improper hazardous waste management practic...
  • North County Transit District Light Rail Budget Settlement
    Oceanside, CA: (May-25-07) West Coast Rail Constructors, the company hired to build a 22-mile light-rail line for the North County Transit District, filed suit against the Transit District over issues ranging from extra grading to flawed construction plans. In a settlement reached, North County Transit District agreed to pay the Sprinter contractor $12.2 m...
  • New Jersey, USA Police Officers' Wrongful Death Settlement
    Jersey City, NJ: (May-26-07) The families of two Jersey City police officers, Officer Shawn Carson, 40, and his partner Robert Nguyen, 30, filed a wrongful death suit against the state, alleging that the Department of Transportation was negligent in its safety measures that caused the death of the officers. Carson and Nguyen were killed when their Emerge...
  • Searcy, AR Probation Officer Gender Discrimination Settlement
    Searcy, AR: (May-25-07) Donya Garrett, the ex-wife of former White County Sheriff Pat Garrett, filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Searcy and Mayor Belinda LaForce, claiming that she was not paid the same as Wayne Cook, a male coworker doing similar work. Garrett is a probation officer for the city of Searcy and Cook is the probation department sup...
  • Phil Katsinas Rally Racial Discrimination Settlement
    Peoria, IL: (May-26-07) Five protesters, Robert Leonard, William Cook, Diana Waters Delso, David Wegeng, and Roger Fontana filed a civil rights lawsuit against Phil Katsinas, owner of the Round Barn Restaurant, alleging racial discrimination. The suit, filed in March 2005, claimed that Leonard, Cook, Waters Delso, Wegeng, and Fontana, who are all of Americ...
  • Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers Keira Knightley Libel Claim Settlement
    Seattle, WA: (May-27-07) Keira Knightley filed charges against the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, over a story that suggested she was to blame for the death of an anorexic teenager. The libel claim also accused the tabloid of falsely suggesting that the actress had an eating disorder. The suit stemmed from a January 2007 article that the Daily Mail publish...
  • Yakima County, WA Foster Care Abuse Settlement
    Yakima County, WA: (May-26-07) Tim Farris, a Bellingham, WA lawyer and critic of Washington's foster-care system, has been known to repeatedly file lawsuits against the State Department of Social and Health Services. He filed one more lawsuit against the department recently, on behalf of injured children, accusing the department and social workers of negli...
  • Lake County, IN Affordable Housing Wrongful Termination Settlement
    Lake County, IN: (May-24-07) Federal prosecutors filed suit against the county, alleging that former Lake County Economic Development Director Richard Hucker and former Deputy Director Charles McInturf were fired for not opposing an affordable housing project in Lake Station. The suit was filed following a four-year investigation into whether Hucker and M...
  • Three Million Pages of Little Lies
    May-27-07 Los Angeles, CA: If you bought James Frey's "memoir" A Million Little Pieces and didn't chuck it in the recycle bin after discovering, like Oprah Winfrey did—that it was a fraud; if it is still tucked behind War and Peace or wedged between real memoirs such as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes or George Orwell's Down and Out, you can send page 163 t...
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Father Molestation Settlement
    Milwaukee, WI: (May-24-07) Nick Jordan, 45, of San Diego, filed suit against Father Franklyn Becker in 2002, alleging that he had been repeatedly molested by Becker in 1977, when Jordan was 15 years old and working in the office at St. Brigid Catholic Church in a San Diego suburb. Becker had served in the Milwaukee area, where he was also accused of sexual...
  • San Jose, CA Hilton Hotel Parking Contract Settlement
    San Jose, CA: (May-24-07) The Hilton Hotel and Towers filed charges against the city resulting in a long standing dispute over parking fees. The hotel owners, including developer Lew Wolff, members of the DiNapoli family, and former mayoral candidate Michael Mulcahy, sued the city in 2003, claiming that the city's redevelopment agency breached terms of a 1...
  • Body Firm Aerobics Female Employee Harassment Settlement
    Orem, UT: (May-23-07) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed charges on behalf of Erin Allen and Andrea Liender against Body Firm Aerobics, which owned a former Gold's Gym, accusing it of subjecting the two former female workers to a hostile work environment. The company allegedly demoted Allen, a former sales associate, and cut her sal...
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. Investors Settlement
    Denver, CO: (May-24-07) A shareholders securities lawsuit was filed against Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., alleging that the Greenwood Village company withheld adverse financial information that resulted in losses for its investors. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers agreed after mediation, to sign a memoranda of understanding to settle the lawsuits. The lawsuits...
  • John Charman Divorce Settlement
    London, England: (May-24-07) A British court upheld a £48 million ($94.7 million) divorce settlement for the former wife of an insurance tycoon, John Charman, head of the Axa Insurance Group, making the case one of the largest payoffs in the country's history. Charman claimed that the award, which was ordered by a lower court for Beverley Charman, his wif...
  • GlaxoSmithKline Paxil Child Promotion Class Action Settlement
    St. Luis, IL: (May-24-07) A settlement has been reached with Britain-based GlaxoSmithKline over a 2004 lawsuit which claimed that the drugmaker promoted the drug, Paxil, to children while withholding information about negative side effects, including increased suicidal behavior. The company agreed to a $64 million class action deal to settle claims. Parent...
  • Sumrall Oil, Prince Oil, Spaceway, Southern Oil, and Moak Petroleum Gas Price Gouging Settlement
    Jackson, MS: (May-25-07) Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed suit against several gas companies, alleging that they were guilty of price gouging after Hurricane Katrina. Hood's office was conducting studies in the current gasoline market, and came up with a consumer awareness pamphlet. The suit stated that the AG's office had thoroughly investigate...
  • Mineral County, WV Deputy Clerk Gender Harassment Settlement
    Keyser, WV: (May-24-07) Debra Weasenforth, former deputy clerk with the county, filed a civil lawsuit against Mineral County Clerk Isaac "Sonny" Alt, alleging she suffered sexual harassment from him that was clearly wrong, illegal, and constituted malfeasance in office. When Weasenforth filed the subsequent civil lawsuit in June 2006, she named Alt, both a...
  • American National Insurance Co. Car Fraud Settlement
    Houston, TX: (May-24-07) The state of Texas filed a lawsuit against American National Insurance Co. (ANICO) over vehicle related insurance policies. The suit discussed the policies sold through auto dealerships for new vehicles by Galveston-based American National. The policies cover payments owed to financing institutions in the event the borrower dies or...
  • Fen-Phen Lawsuits: Shortness of Breath Could Signal PPH
    May-25-07 Philadelphia, PA Lawsuits are still being filed against the maker of fen-phen, a popular diet drug combination that resulted in serious complications for many of the people who took it, including PPH. Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) and heart valve damage are two such complications. Many people who take medications do not think that they will...
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