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  • Settlements and Verdicts: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup.
    A $236 million settlement has been reached between the Securities and Exchange Commission and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup, the nation's two largest banks. The Commission charged the banks with helping Enron Corp. to hide debts and defraud investors. In addition, the banks have agreed to pay New York City and New York state $50 million to sett...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Summit County, Ohio.
    A $250,000 settlement has been reached in the discrimination lawsuit filed against Summit County, Ohio on behalf of Harold V. Dixon Jr. of Akron who alleged he was fired without cause after 22 years of service. Dixon, an attorney, claimed he was discriminated against because he is paralyzed from the neck down. (Aug-02-03) [ BEACON JOURNAL ] Legal H...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Caltrans, Santa Cruz and Monterey County Water Agencies.
    An $11 million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Caltrans, California's manager of interregional transport systems, as well as Santa Cruz and Monterey county water agencies, on behalf of about 200 home, business and landowners who suffered damages when the Pajaro River Levee broke and the town was flooded in March 1995. The plaintif...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill.
    Talk to a local DUI attorney right away! A $40,000 settlement has been reached in the discrimination lawsuit filed against Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill. The suit was filed by black former employee Dwight Burch who claimed that he was discriminated against by his manager, a light-skinned black man, because of his dark skin tone. Burch claime...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Bozeman School District in Montana.
    A $160,000 settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against the Bozeman School District in Montana. The suit was filed by the family of Kelly Morgan who was killed in a drunk driving accident following the 2000 homecoming dance. The parents claimed that there was lax supervision on the part of the school, stating that the boy who drove the car, Br...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: City of McKinney, TX.
    A $1.45 million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against the city of McKinney, TX regarding an accidental police shooting. The suit was filed by the family of Cathey Jo Howard-Kalimah who was accidentally shot and killed in her home on June 5, 2001 by Officer Joyce VanDertuin. Howard-Kalimah was mistaken for an intruder when she was shot,...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Shell Oil Co.
    A $49 million settlement has been reached between Shell Oil Co. and the federal government in a lawsuit filed over the unauthorized release and burning of large amounts of natural gas from seven platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, most of the gas was disposed of, through processes known as flaring and venting, from 1994 to 1998, howeve...
  • eBay patent infringement settlement.
    A $29.5 million verdict has been found against eBay in the patent-infringement lawsuit filed against the Internet auction house by Thomas G. Woolston. Woolston, a Virginia inventor, claimed that the way the company conducts sales of fixed-price merchandise infringed on patents that belong to him. In addition to the monetary settlement, the company will im...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Libya.
    A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of 270 people who were killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pam Am jetliner. Under the terms of settlement, a $2.7 billion fund will be established by the Libyan government to compensate the families, who would receive at least $5 million each. The terror attack occurred over Scotla...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Tenet Healthcare Corp.
    A $54 million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Tenet Healthcare Corp, Redding Medical Center and Tenet HealthSystems Hospitals Inc. The suit was filed by the federal government, claiming that two doctors had performed unnecessary heart procedures. The settlement will cover all unnecessary heart procedures allegedly performed at Red...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: General Electric Co.
    A $1.4 million settlement has been reached in the state lawsuit against General Electric Co. claiming that the company had engaged in deceptive practices. New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed the suit in March 2000 claiming that GE had deceived thousands of consumers into buying a new dishwasher when they concealed that recalled models could be...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Transportation Security Administration.
    A settlement has been reached in the racial profiling lawsuit filed against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on behalf of naturalized American Bob Rajcoomar who was illegally detained by Federal Air Marshals. The Marshals claimed that Rajcoomar, a Guyana-born ethnic Asian Indian and retired U.S. Army physician, was "watching too closely" w...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Equifax.
    A $250,000 settlement has been reached between credit bureau Equifax and the Federal Trade Commission to resolve charges that the company did not do enough to answer calls from consumers inquiring about their credit reports. The actions listed in the charges were in violation of an earlier settlement between Equifax and the Commission that was reached in...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Medco Health Solutions.
    A $42.5 million settlement has been reached and granted preliminary approval in a series of ERISA-related class-action lawsuits filed against Medco Health Solutions. Eligible class members in the suits include ERISA plans for which Medco Health has administered a pharmacy benefit at any time since Dec. 17, 1994. The hearing to approve the settlement will...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: City of Avondale, Arizona.
    A $5.9 million dollar settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed in 1999 by developer Wayne Spiekerman against the city of Avondale, Arizona. The suit claimed that the city was dragging their feet on approvals and violating development agreements. The settlement is to be split between Spiekerman and the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement Sy...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Pulaski County Special School District.
    A $25,000 settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against the Pulaski County Special School District by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 14-year-old Thomas McLaughlin of Jacksonville. McLaughlin was disciplined by his school district and had his teachers preach to him from the bible for talking about being gay to his schoolmates...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Evenflo Co.
    of Piqua, Ohio has reached a $2.6 million settlement with the family of 8-1/2-month-old Jared Adams who died when his Happy Camper portable crib collapsed in April 1997. The boy was asphyxiated when a hinge on the crib's top rail collapsed and trapped his chest in the resulting "V-shaped" rails. At least 15 children have been killed in the United States...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: MCI/WorldCom.
    A $750 Million dollar settlement has been reached between MCI (formerly WorldCom) and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fine is 75 times larger than the previously largest fine of $10 million dollars levied by the SEC against Xerox Corporation for accounting irregularities. Under the terms of settlement the company has agreed not to violate an...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Safeway Corporation.
    A $1.5 million dollar settlement has been reached in the consumer protection lawsuit filed against The Safeway Corporation. The suit claimed that the company's "Buy One, Get One Free" advertising was misleading, as the policy did not apply to two identically priced items, but only to different priced items, the lower-priced item being free. (Jul-07-03)...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Ernst & Young.
    A settlement has been reached between the accounting firm Ernst & Young and the government, over improperly registered tax shelters and improperly maintained lists of people who bought them. Under the settlement terms, the company will pay $15 million dollars to the IRS, and supply details of the deals and customer names to the government. (Jul-03-03)...
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