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Washington Lawmaker Sues University, Investigator over Firing

Republican Rep. Matt Manweller is suing Central Washington University and the investigator it hired to look into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Manweller, a political professor at the college since 2003, was fired from the school last week, and immediately filed …

Jury Rules Nevada Liable for 2017 Wildfire That Burned 23 Homes

A jury has found the Nevada Division of Forestry liable for the loss of 23 homes and 17 other buildings in a 2016 wildfire after strong winds re-ignited a prescribed burn. The verdict set the stage for future court proceedings …

$265K Settlement over Autistic Man’s Arrest in Alaska

Kodiak officials have agreed to pay $265,000 to an autistic man who was forcibly detained and pepper-sprayed by police. The city is settling the lawsuit filed in February 2016 by the guardians of 30-year-old Nicholas Pletnikoff, who said police were …

Suit Filed Against Escalator Manufacturer over Utah Child Who Lost 2 Fingers

A 3-year-old Utah girl had two fingers amputated when they were caught in a faulty grocery store escalator, her family says in a lawsuit filed against the store and the escalator manufacturer. The girl’s mother, Silvia Zamora , said in …

Jury Awards $640K to Washington Man in Excessive Force Case

A federal jury has awarded a Federal Way, Wash. man $640,000 after finding a police officer used excessive force when arresting him at an accident scene in 2014. The Seattle Times reported that the jury gave Josiah Hunter $40,000 for …

$10M Award to Man Hit By Garbage Truck Reinstated by Oregon Court

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that a trial judge shouldn’t have reduced a jury’s award to a man whose leg was severed by a garbage truck in downtown Portland. In reinstating the award, the Appeals Court said the …

Jury Awards Woman $31M in California Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A 58-year-old Southern California woman has been awarded $31 million in an age discrimination case against her former employer. Codie Rael of Ontario sued Washington-based Danaher Corp. and two subsidiaries, claiming that Rael’s bosses repeatedly made remarks that she was …

Several Lawsuits Allege Racial Profiling in Oregon Businesses

Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were “shopping while black.” A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses …

City Sues Oregon Company for Cutting Down Christmas Tree

A city in central Oregon seeks $62,000 from a tree removal company that accidentally cut down a big spruce that was slated to become the city’s Christmas tree. In a lawsuit filed last week, Redmond officials allege that workers trespassed …

California Jury Delivers $25M Decision in Johnson & Johnson Suit

A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company’s talc-based baby powder. Jurors in Los Angeles recommended $4 million in punitive …