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Indiana County Facing $8M Payout to Settle Suits Against Employees

A northwest Indiana county may pay more than $8 million to settle several lawsuits against county employees that allege misconduct and negligence led to several injuries and deaths. The Lake County Council received a list of cases on Nov. 9 …

County in Washington Not Negligent in Suit 84-Year Old Juror Who Froze to Death

Local government officials were not negligent in the death of an elderly man who had reported for jury duty and was later found covered with snow outside a Washington state courthouse, jurors ruled. Kay Mita, 84, reported for jury duty …

Michigan City to Settle Sidewalk Fall Suit for Nearly $350K

A city in Michigan has agreed to pay nearly $350,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who tripped and fell on a sidewalk. The Bay City Times obtained details of the settlement between Bay City and 90-year-old Margaretha …

School Renovation, Expansion Cause of Flooding, Nebraskans Say

Residents of a Lincoln, Nebraska, neighborhood have expressed frustration with flooding they blame on a public school’s renovation and expansion. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lincoln Public Schools began a major renovation two years ago of a 1950s-era building …

Ohio Man Arrested Over Facebook Page Sues City, Says Free Speech Violated

A man arrested and acquitted of a felony for creating a fake Facebook page that parodied a suburban Cleveland, Ohio, police department is suing the city, saying it violated his right to free speech. Anthony Novak filed suit against the …

Oklahoma County’s Insurer to Pay $750K in Inmate Death Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over the 2013 death of a diabetic man who was denied medical treatment at a county jail in Oklahoma, according to court records. McClain County commissioners will pay $750,000 to the …

Family of Slain Detroit-Area Police Informant Agrees to $1M Settlement

A Michigan county has agreed to pay $1.07 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who was killed and dismembered after a Detroit-area police officer exposed her as an informant in a drug bust. Details …

Arkansas Officials Seek to Limit Liability in Duggar Privacy Lawsuit

Arkansas officials are seeking immunity from being sued for releasing decade-old information about a sexual abuse investigation involving Josh Duggar and four of his sisters. Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar filed a lawsuit …

Minnesota City Settles Police Bias Case for $1M

The city of Rochester, Minnesota, will pay a police officer $1 million to settle a discrimination and retaliation claim. Lt. Elisa Umpierre filed the claim saying she was suspended for comments she made on Facebook in support of protesters at …

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 …