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New Mexico Opening Door to New Era of Civil Rights Lawsuits

Efforts among a handful of states to hold police accountable for brutality and civil rights violations are expanding Thursday as New Mexico opens the door to civil rights lawsuits against government agencies in state court. The New Mexico Civil Rights …

North Carolina High Court Backs Students’ Constitutional Right to Sue Over Bullying

The constitutional right of North Carolina’s children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren’t getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The …

Insurance Plays Key Role in Civil Rights Settlements Against Law Enforcement

Municipalities, their insurers and risk pools should be heeding the current public re-examination of police and prosecutorial actions taking place across the country, according to an insurance policyholder attorney who works on civil rights cases. Attorney Alexander Brown sees the …

Supreme Court Returns Racial Bias Lawsuit Against Comcast TV to Lower Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court’s ruling that had given the green light to comedian-turned-media entrepreneur Byron Allen’s $20 billion racial bias lawsuit against Comcast Corp. that accused the cable television operator of discriminating against …

Massachusetts Town Settles with Family of Man Killed by Police for $3.75M

The town of Framingham, Mass., has reached a $3.75 million settlement with the family of a grandfather accidentally shot and killed by police during a 2011 drug raid. The town announced Wednesday that the settlement with the family of 68-year-old …