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Oregon School District Named in Sexual Assault Suit

A federal lawsuit seeks $5 million from the Lincoln County, Ore. school district, alleging that district officials failed to protect a developmentally disabled boy from being sexually assaulted by a classmate on campus. The Register-Guard reported the lawsuit was filed …

Boy Assaulted By Hawaii School Worker: Suit

A lawsuit alleges a Hilo, Hawaii elementary school student was assaulted by a school employee. The lawsuit was filed last week by the boy’s father. The lawsuit alleges Hilo Union School Student Activities Coordinated Sharon Furstenwerth hit the then-9-year-old boy …

Abuse Suits Settled by California Diocese For $3.8M

A Southern California diocese has paid $3.8 million to settle two child-abuse lawsuits brought against a former Catholic priest. The Diocese of San Bernardino announced Sunday that payments settling the two civil cases involving Alejandro Castillo came from a combination …

California Lawmakers OK School Planning For Abuse, Safety

The California state Assembly has approved two bills that would require school districts to make detailed plans for reporting child abuse and prepare for violent incidents on campus. AB135 by Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan of Alamo requires school districts to …

Oregon Toddler’s Family Sues Complex Over Abuse

Attorneys representing the family of a 3-year-old girl have filed a multi-million lawsuit against the owners and managers of a suburban Portland apartment complex, alleging they failed to protect the child from an abusive boy. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in …

Settlement Reached In Montana School Abuse Case

Great Falls Public Schools in Montana has reached a $595,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by the families of seven special needs students who reported suffering physical and verbal abuse in a middle school special education classroom. The Great Falls …

Missouri Diocese Not Liable In Priest Abuse Civil Case

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph cannot be held liable for the actions of a priest accused of abusing a boy off church property, a Missouri appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Western District Court …

Washington To Pay $11 Million In Foster Home Abuse Case

The state of Washington will pay $11 million in a case filed by six people who claimed they were abused by their foster parents. The settlement, announced Tuesday, resolves a lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services and …

Ex-Cadets Seek Sanctions Against Kansas Military School

Former cadets of a Kansas military school have asked a federal judge to impose sanctions and order the school to release information about prior complaints, records and lawsuits they say would show a pattern of abuse. Tuesday’s filing is part …

Senator Targets Workers’ Compensation Pay to Elderly Federal Employees

More than 1,000 federal workers aged 80 and older are receiving workers’ compensation benefits even though they likely have no intention of returning to work, according to a U.S. senator who wants to reduce the waste in the program that …