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Federal Court: No Immunity from Civil Lawsuit for Kansas Sheriff

A Kansas sheriff is not entitled to immunity from a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man who was shot in the back following a police chase, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of …

Auditor: Coronavirus, Oil Glut Could Cost Louisiana Local Governments $1B

The coronavirus battle and the world oil glut could cost cities, parishes and school boards in Louisiana anywhere from $404 million to $1.1 billion over two fiscal years, the state’s Legislative Auditor’s Office said on May 7. Business shutdowns and …

Fatal Teen Shooting in Washington Settled For $2.25M

King County in Washington has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit for $2.25 million, an apology and a sheriff’s promise to pursue a new policy to be named after the teenage victim of a fatal police shooting. The settlement …

Court Tosses $47M Arizona Lawsuit in Cross-Median Crash

A state appellate court has overturned rulings by a trial court and dismissed a lawsuit stemming from a cross-median crash that killed two women on Interstate 10 in southern Arizona in 2008. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week …

Utah School District Sued in Teacher Sexual Misconduct Case

Two former middle school students have sued the Ogden School District in Utah, claiming administrators failed to take action against a teacher accused of sexual misconduct. The lawsuit filed this week alleges 31-year-old Mound Fort Junior High School teacher Drew …

Oregon School District Paying $410K to Employee Who Raised Concerns

Portland Public Schools in Oregon will pay $410,000 to a former employee who said she was fired for raising red flags over a lack of safety for seventh-graders working with dangerous equipment including band saws and nail guns. The Portland …

NTSB: Indiana School District Shares Blame for Crash That Killed 3 Children

The National Transportation Safety Board said that a northern Indiana school district is partially to blame for a 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural highway to reach their stopped school bus. The wreck was caused by a …

Lawsuit Alleges Bullet at New Mexico School Harmed Student

The family of a boy is suing a police officer who mistakenly fired his weapon inside a southern New Mexico middle school and nearly hit the student. The family recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against officer Francisco …

Ohio County Reaches $3.5M Settlement in Woman’s Dog Mauling Death

The estate of an Ohio woman fatally mauled by her neighbors’ dogs will receive $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit against a county and its dog warden, a newspaper reported. The lawsuit was filed after Klonda Richey, 57, was killed …

Ferguson Settles Lawsuit Over Court Fees Deemed Discriminatory for $1.7M

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has agreed to a $1.7 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accused its municipal court of charging illegal court fees, attorneys involved in the case said. A judge on March 24 approved a preliminary …