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  • 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: 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)...
  • 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: Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar and Grill.
    A $900,000 settlement has been approved in the lawsuit filed against the Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar and Grill of West Dekalb Pike in King of Prussia, and the restaurant's various holding companies in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The suit was filed by a couple who claimed that the restaurant served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated woman, which resulted i...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Avjet Corporation.
    An $11.7 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Avjet Corporation. A jury found the company negligent and responsible for the deaths of the passengers aboard a March 29, 2001 flight which crashed and killed all eighteen people on board. The suit alleged that a pilot had attempted to land the flight under unsafe,...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Ohio Valley Bistros Inc.
    A $21 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Ohio Valley Bistros Inc. (the owner of T.G.I. Friday's), on behalf of the parents of two teenagers who were killed by a drunken driver. The suit was filed after 16-year-old Cory Stauble and Jamie Parsley were killed by 42-year-old Mark Eberenz who had been drinking alcohol for about ei...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Michael Jackson.
    A confidential settlement has been reached in the $12 million dollar breach of contract lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by his former financial advisor Myung-Ho Lee. Lee claimed that Jackson had hired him in the late 1990's to handle his financial affairs, but had never paid for the services. (Jun-12-03) Legal Help If you have a similar pro...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Guidant Corp.
    A $92 million dollar settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against the Guidant Corp. subsidiary EndoVascular Technologies Inc. The company pled guilty to 10 felony counts for putting a defective product, Ancure Endograft, on the market. Ancure was used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. (Jun-13-03) [ FORBES ] Legal Help If you have...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Campbell Industrial Park.
    A $1 million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Campbell Industrial Park yard owner Michael Cunningham of Hawaii. Dan Easterday filedthe suit when has leg was crushed by a forklift in October 2001 while using the yard to repair cars. The forklift reversed into Easterday, and his leg was nearly severed as a result. (Jun-21-03) [ HO...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center
    A $175,000 settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center and its operator, Roanoke-based Medical Facilities of America Inc. on behalf of the family of a man who died in the nursing home's care. The suit claimed that Ray C. Wolfe was malnourished and dehydrated, and had multiple bedsores when he was admitt...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Dey, Inc.
    An $18.5 million dollar settlement has been reached in the Medicaid fraud settlement filed against Dey Inc. (a California-based subsidiary of Merck KGaA) by the state of Texas and the federal government. The suit claimed that the company falsified price reports to the Texas Medicaid program. (Jun-11-03) [ BIZ JOURNAL ] Legal Help If you have...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Government of Ontario.
    A $414 million dollar settlement has been reached in the pay-equity suit filed against the government of Ontario on behalf of 100,000 female public-sector workers. Under the terms of settlement, the pay adjustments will be phased in by one per cent of payroll per year until 2011. (Jun-14-03) [ CANADA ] Legal Help If you have a similar problem and...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Lockheed Martin.
    A $7.1 million dollar settlement has been reached in the suit filed against Lockheed Martin regarding reimbursements of alleged false claims sought through contracts with NASA. The settlement brings to an end the investigation into the false lease cost claims following the disclosure that John J. McGurr, former Director of Contracts Administration, had em...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Gilroy Foods.
    A $1 million dollar voluntary settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Gilroy Foods and its owner, ConAgra Foods Inc. The suit, which alleged disability bias, found that the company was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying hire to certain workers. The settlement will provide compensation of $993,500 to workers,...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Kodak and Tesco.
    An $8,000 settlement will be paid to Mark McCarthy, who filed a lawsuit against Kodak and supermarket chain Tesco after his vacation photos were lost. The London man dropped off the slides from his vacation to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon at Tesco, where the store claims they were then sent to Kodak's processing laboratory, processed, and sent back to...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: City of Pittsburgh.
    A $250,000 settlement has been reached in a reverse lawsuit filed by two police officers against the City of Pittsburgh. Benny Sledge and Anthony Hildebrand claimed that they were demoted after reporting alleged improprieties by their supervisor, Assistant Police Chief Earl Woodyard, Jr. The two officers claimed that they were subject to a hostile work...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Florida Department of Citrus.
    A $3.5 million dollar settlement has been reached between the Florida Department of Citrus and the five Florida citrus processors who opposed a state tax on imported orange juice. The settlement will be distributed in the form of cash and tax credits, and will give the plaintiffs the choice of opting out of paying up to two-thirds of the tax on future im...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Microsoft Corp.
    A $750 million dollar settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Microsoft by AOL Time Warner. The suit was filed in January 2002 on behalf of AOL subsidiary Netscape Communications, and alleged antitrust charges. Under the terms of settlement, Microsoft will now license its browsing software to AOL until 2010 at no cost. The two compani...
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