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Former Students at California School Sue over Asbestos Fear

A judge has cleared the way for dozens of former student’s in California’s Central Valley to take their school district to trial over fears that a job-training program exposed them to cancer. Attorney Allen Sawyer said this week he represents …

Oregon Jury Sides With City in Police Dog Attack

An Oregon jury has ruled against a man who sued the city of Salem after he was bitten by a police dog. The Statesman Journal reported John Hillebrand sought $1 million for physical pain, emotional harm and legal fees. Hillebrand …

College Fraternity in Oregon Accused of Hazing Slapped with $8M Suit

An $8 million lawsuit against a fraternity at a northwestern Oregon college says a hazing incident resulted in a 20-year-old man losing his right eye. KOIN-TV reports that the lawsuit alleges Kellen Johansen was coerced into drinking alcohol, running naked …

Utah University Wants Lawsuit Over Frat Party Assault Dismissed

Utah State University and a fraternity are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former student accusing the school and organization of failing to act on reports of sexual assault and heavy drinking at parties. The student, …

Fire Destroys 20 Transit-System Buses in Northwest Arkansas

A transit system serving four counties in northwest Arkansas has restricted its service after an early morning fire destroyed nearly all its buses. Ozark Regional Transit says the fire broke out on Jan. 10 in a bus canopy in Springdale, …

Ohio County Sued by Employees over 2015 Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Seven Lucas County, Ohio, employees who became sick after exposure to a rare form of Legionnaires’ bacteria have filed a lawsuit. The Blade newspaper reports that the lawsuit seeks damages from the county board of commissioners and multiple other defendants. …

New Orleans Settles Katrina Police Action Civil Rights Cases for $13M

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the settlement of three federal civil rights lawsuits stemming from city police actions related to Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu joined city officials and the families of James Brissette, Henry Glover, Ronald Madison, and Raymond Robair …

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 …