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Judge Awards $5M to 2 Men Wrongfully Jailed in Nebraska

A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered Douglas County’s insurance carrier to pay $5 million — plus legal costs — to two men wrongfully jailed for months in the 2006 killing of a Murdock couple because the county’s former crime …

Suburban Chicago School District Settles Hazing Lawsuit for $1M

Five former students of a suburban Chicago high school will receive $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with hazing allegations. Officials of Maine Township High School District 207 say they and plaintiffs’ attorney Antonio Romanucci agreed to …

Detroit to Pay $11M to Settle Water Damage Claims of 800 Residents

Months after two severe storms flooded basements on Detroit’s east side, the city’s water department has decided to pay the claims of all residents who aren’t suing it. The Detroit Free Press reports that hundreds of homes were damaged during …

Ransomware Attack Freezes Indiana County’s Computers

A so-called ransomware attack has left police, fire and other government staff in a central Indiana county locked out of their computers. Madison County Commissioner Jeff Hardin tells The Herald Bulletin the county’s voting records and ballots were not affected …

Oregon Farmers Sue Irrigation District Over Water Cutoff

Malheur County farmers are suing their local irrigation district in Oregon, claiming it failed to deliver water when needed in 2014 and 2015. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Delos and Barbara Lee, who farm alfalfa and hay, filed a lawsuit against …

Lawyer: $1.9M Settlement in Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of Sandra Bland, a black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop last summer, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney told a Houston television …

Council Conflicts Lead to Much Higher Insurance Deductible for Minnesota City

Insurers say they’ve significantly raised the deductible on insuring Lake Elmo, Minn., because the city is being managed in a way that creates too much of a risk of lawsuits. The Insurance Trust Board of the League of Minnesota Cities …

28 Buses Damaged in School District Garage Fire in Washington

Authorities say a large fire has damaged at least 28 buses belonging to the Puyallup School District in Washington on Aug. 24 Puyallup police tweeted that sounds of explosions were coming from the fire and that roads in the area …

Deleted Social Media Comments Trigger Suit Against Indianapolis Suburb

An Indianapolis suburb removed social media pages for the city and its police department after a lawsuit accused it of violating residents’ First Amendment rights by removing posted comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit last …

Report: Lawsuit Settlements Reach $34M for Small Group of Chicago Cops

A group of 124 Chicago police officers has cost the city $34 million in misconduct settlements since 2009, according to a newspaper report. While the officers represent a fraction of the police force’s roughly 12,000 officers, they are identified in …