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Ohio Parents Test School Liability in Bullying, Child Suicide Case

The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the …

Instructor Files Suit Against Wisconsin College Over Tenure Matter

An art instructor is suing Edgewood College in Wisconsin for terminating her tenure in violation of policy after she moved to Indianapolis. Agnieszka Ligendza filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court. She alleges the college ended her tenure on …

Missouri Jail Beating Lawsuit Settled for Nearly $440K

A former inmate who alleged guards at a troubled jail in Kansas City, Mo., beat him so severely that he suffered nine broken ribs, fractured wrists and a collapsed lung has settled a lawsuit for $437,500. Jackson County agreed to …

Kinsale Launches Liability Product for Public Officials

The Public Entity Division of Kinsale Insurance Company is now offering public official liability coverage that provides for damages and defense costs for wrongful acts alleged against a public entity, an elected or appointed public official, or an employee. Employment …

Arkansas City, County Included in Duggar Family Privacy Suits

Reality TV personality Josh Duggar faced “unwarranted public scrutiny” after a magazine disclosed that sisters told police they had been molested by him years earlier, lawyers for Duggar said in a complaint in which he seeks to join his sisters’ …

Utah Family Reaches Settlement with University over Son’s Slack Line Death

Utah State University has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the family of a college student who was killed in August 2013 when he hit a rope tied between two trees known as a “slack line” while riding his bike. Ricky …

Oregon Judge Dismisses $4M Suit in Family Drowning

A judge has dismissed a $4 million lawsuit filed by a relative of four people who drowned in a northwest Oregon lake in 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Judge Andrew Erwin dismissed the suit after Washington County argued it was entitled …

Poor Fire Safety at Two-Thirds of Schools in Oregon’s Largest City

Two-thirds of schools in Oregon’s largest district lack sufficient fire safety equipment, according to records obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Public Schools has 60 of 89 schools lacking up-to-date alarm systems, complete fire sensor coverage or other life-saving equipment required …

Jury Awards $350K to Mother of Teen Killed by Chicago Police

The mother of a black teenager killed by Chicago police in July 2013 has been awarded $350,000. The Chicago Tribune reports that a jury awarded the damages after finding that the shooting of 17-year-old Christian Green was unjustified. Attorney Victor …

Trial Over Oklahoma Jail Inmate’s Death Ends in $10M Jury Verdict

An attorney for the estate of a man who was naked and paralyzed when he died in a cell in the Tulsa County (Oklahoma) Jail’s medical unit hailed a jury’s $10.25 million verdict in a federal civil rights trial. The …