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Minot, North Dakota, Homeowners Blame Inspector Negligence on City

Some Minot, N.D., homeowners are expressing difficulty selling property after discovering city building inspectors failed to identify flawed construction before issuing certificates of occupancy. Then, they discovered the city might not be liable. Resident Jon Newman tells the Minot Daily …

Oregon School District Settles Parent’s Suit over Boy Who Was Attacked

The Eugene School District in Oregon has paid $24,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a parent whose child was attacked at school. Olga Telsheva sought $625,000 when the suit was filed last year. She alleged that officials failed to …

Provost of Arizona University Dealing with Gender Lawsuit

University of Arizona Provost Andrew Comrie is facing scrutiny following a $2 million federal lawsuit filed by former Dean Patricia MacCorquodale over gender discrimination. The Arizona Daily Star reports the lawsuit made public last week says Comrie perpetuated a sexist …

Iowa School District Settles Wrongful Termination Suit for nearly $1M

School officials in central Iowa have reached a nearly $1 million settlement with a former employee who alleged he was wrongfully fired after reporting improper conduct by a high-ranking district officer. The Waukee Board of Education unanimously approved the settlement …

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 …