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  • Fairfield, OH Racial Profiling Traffic Stop Settlement
    Fairfield, OH: (May-02-07) Tony and Andrea Betts, a black couple, filed a lawsuit against the city of Fairfield, alleging that they were racially profiled during a traffic stop in September 2006. The couple was asked to stop on Dixie Highway by Sgt. Jeff Sprague, as the police report stated, Tony Betts was driving 15 miles under the posted 50 mph speed lim...
  • I.T. Overtime: California Dreamin'
    May-7-07 Milpitas, CA If you're a computer geek, this is for you. We know you can read this, because you spend practically every waking moment of every day in the dim glow of your computer screen - problem-solving, beta-testing, working out the bugs. Maybe you're at your cubicle right now, or maybe you're at home on your own system. No matter. The point is, you'...
  • A.G. Edwards SEC Market Timing Settlement
    St. Louis, MO: (May -02-07) The US Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against A.G. Edwards, the brokerage arm of A.G. Edwards Inc., alleging that the financial services holding company failed to reasonably supervise brokers who placed market timing of mutual funds. In a settlement reached, A.G. Edwards agreed to pay $3.86 million to the Secur...
  • MGM Mirage Inc. Disability Act Violations Penalty
    Biloxi, MS: (May-02-07) The Justice Department filed charges against MGM Mirage Inc., the world's second-largest casino company, following a complaint filed by a patron, alleging that fell in a shower because he couldn't reach shower controls. The suit claimed that the hotel had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in making in designing their hote...
  • Siebel Systems Inc. Employee Fraud Settlement
    San Francisco, CA: (May-02-07) Silicon Valley billionaire Thomas Siebel, founder and former chief executive officer of Siebel Systems Inc., was sued in 1996 by Debra Christoffers, a one-time company saleswoman, who alleged that she had been wrongly terminated, faced gender discrimination and was defrauded out of lucrative commissions and stock options. Chr...
  • Edgar Reinoso Infested Apartment Settlement
    Los Angeles, CA: (May-01-07) Former tenants of a seedy, vermin-infested Palmdale apartment building filed a lawsuit against the owner Edgar Reinoso, alleging that they faced slum-like conditions in Antelope Valley apartments. In a settlement reached with the tenants, Reinoso agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations. The latest settlement involves a s...
  • M.J.D. Construction Services Inc. and Donald Russo Blown Tire Crash Wrongful Death Settlement
    Palm City, FL: (May-01-07) Cheryl Palmer, widow of 45-year-old Howard Siegel, filed suit against M.J.D. Construction Services Inc., a Palm City construction company, after her husband was killed in an Aug. 14 crash. The suit claimed that the death occurred when co-defendant Donald Russo's truck blew a tire near the intersection of High Meadow Avenue and Go...
  • William and Elizabeth Cure Well Contamination Settlement
    Martinsville, IN: (May-01-07) The city of Martinsville, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection agency, filed suit against William and Elizabeth Cure, owners of the building where Masterwear drycleaners was located. The industrial laundry and dry-cleaning business was accused of well contamination, leading to high levels of PCE (perchloroethylen...
  • Samsung-Electro-Mechanics Ltd. Commercial Development Settlement
    Menomonee Falls, WI: (May-01-07) Magnetek Inc., a digital power control systems company, filed a lawsuit against Korea-based Samsung-Electro-Mechanics Ltd, over a dispute centered on a development agreement between the two companies. In a settlement reached, Magnetek Inc. will receive just over $2.1 million as a payout from Samsung-Electro-Mechanics. Magne...
  • Kennewick, WA Police Dog Bite Settlement
    Kennewick, WA: (May-02-07) Ken Rogers, a Washougal man, filed suit against the city after he was bitten by a police dog during a 2003 Kennewick police chase. Ken Rogers sued the city, Benton County and officers alleging that his civil rights were violated and accused the agencies of unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, undue search and seizure and of faili...
  • Portland, OR Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement
    Portland, OR: (May-01-07) Lisa Washington and Roxie Granville, both African American, code enforcement officers filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the City of Portland, claiming that they were chastised for spending too much time together. The lawsuit dated to a 1997 incident in which a co-worker spotted them walking together during a break. A s...
  • ExxonMobil Corp. State Oil Spill Payments Settlement
    Concord, NH: (May-01-07) Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's office filed charges against ExxonMobil Corp., accusing it of environmental damage resulting from oil spills at some of its stations. In a settlement reached, ExxonMobil agreed to repay more than $2 million it received from the state to clean up gasoline spills. The payments were made to ExxonMobil...
  • Total Petrochemical USA Inc. Refinery Emissions Settlement
    Port Arthur, TX: (Apr-30-07) The Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency filed charges against Total Petrochemical USA Inc., accusing the company of violating the Clean Air Act at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery. The company reached a settlement agreement with the DOJ and the EPA by agreeing to pay a $2.9 million penalty and upgrad...
  • Total Transportation Services LLC Top Employees Hiring Settlement
    Plano, TX: (Apr-30-07) Memphis-based Exel Transportation Services Inc. (ETS) filed suit against Texas-based Total Transportation Services LLC (TTS), over the conduct of two former TTS employees who left the company in April 2006. The suit, involving the unethical business practices of the two former TTS employees, reached a settlement when Total Transporta...
  • Vivid Entertainment Sex Tape distribution Settlement
    Los Angeles, CA; (Apr-30-07) Kim Kardashian, daughter of former O.J. Simpson defense attorney, the late Robert Kardashian, sued adult video distributor Vivid Entertainment in February 2007, over a homemade video of her having sex with ex-boyfriend, singer Ray J, without her consent. The tape, which Vivid paid a million dollars for, is now a bestseller in a...
  • Sportsmen's Athletic Club Shooting Wrongful Death Settlement
    Norwich, CT: (Apr-30-07) A 1999 shooting at the Sportsmen's Athletic Club led to a spate of lawsuits, forcing the prized piece of city real estate to be up for sale. Proceeds from the sale, which includes nearly 1 acre of land, will benefit victims of the shooting, who were awarded more than $2 million in a recent settlement. In April 2007, a court judgme...
  • San Francisco, CA Employee Pregnancy Discrimination Settlement
    San Francisco, CA: (Apr-30-07) Amy Lee, the former head of San Francisco's Building Inspection Department, filed suit against the city alleging she faced pregnancy discrimination and was humiliated publicly by city officials. The suit stemmed from Lee's confirmation hearing April 4, 2005, before the Building Inspection Commission. Lee's critics from the...
  • Denver Newspaper Agency Pregnancy Discrimination Settlement
    Denver, CO: (Apr-30-07) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a discrimination suit against the Denver Newspaper Agency on behalf of Karen Stenvall, who was fired when she was six months pregnant. Stenvall was an experienced advertising manager who was fired in May 2001. She had worked for the Post for three years before announcing she was p...
  • D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems Remote Power Patent Infringement Settlement
    New York, NY: (Apr-30-07) Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. was in a patent infringement legal battle with D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, where it accused D-Link of infringing on its Remote Power Patent. In a settlement reached, D-Link agreed to enter into a lic...
  • Chino Latino Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement
    Minneapolis, MN: (Apr-30-07) Chino Latino, one of the stars of the Parasole Holdings chain that includes the Good Earth, Muffuletta, Figlio, Salut Bar Americain and Manny's Steakhouse, agreed to settle a racial discrimination filed against it by paying $325,000 to settle claims brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit filed was o...
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