Archive for July, 2008

Lawsuit Filed By Families Of Nepali Men

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against the defense contractor KBR and a Jordanian subcontractor, both of which have been accused of human trafficking after twelve Nepali men were killed by Iraqi insurgents. The lawsuit has been filed by family members of the twelve men that were killed.

According to the lawsuit the twelve men were made to work in Iraq against their will, having been lured with the promise of jobs in a posh hotel in Jordan. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court earlier this week and one of the plaintiffs is a Nepali man who survived the attack.

The lawsuits claims that in 2004 the men were being taken to work at a US air base in Iraq when they were intercepted by insurgents, who then held them captive and killed them days later. The incident occurred in 2004.

The lawsuit goes on to state that the men were recruited and told that they would be working in a posh hotel, but their documents and passports were then taken from them and they were forced to go to Iraq, where they subsequently met with their deaths.

Parents Of Cyclists File Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

According to recent reports the parents of two cyclists that were killed by a Sheriff’s deputy in Santa Clara County have filed wrongful death lawsuits. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Kristy Gough, aged thirty, and Matt Peterson, aged twenty nine, died after they were hit by the car being driven by Deputy James Council. The incident occurred in March, and Council, the county, and the Sheriff’s office have all been named as defendants.

Council has been accused of “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and unlawfully” crossing the center line whilst driving his patrol car. The lawsuit claims that this resulted in the deaths of the two cyclists and also inured a third.

One Santa Clara County official said: “We clearly recognize that we have responsibility and liability for this. But we have been unable, in the short term that we’ve been talking, to reach agreement as to what the value of the case is.”

Lawsuit Filed By Corrections Officers Is Settled

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A lawsuit that was filed by over three hundred current and former Fayette County Detention Center corrections officers against the city has been settled, according to a recent report. The lawsuit was filed in relation to pay and overtime, with officers accusing city officials of violations of the Fair Labor Standards act and the Kentucky Wage and Hours Act.

Whilst the lawsuit has been settled details are not set to be released until next week, as the agreement has to be approved by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman.

Over three hundred officers joined the suit in the end, claiming that they were asked to perform duties in their twenty minute breaks but were not paid for them. They also claim that they were not paid if they had to come in earlier or had to stay later than their regular hours.

One of the attorneys that took on the case said: “These are people that are educated, dedicated, hard-working, loyal, underpaid and very smart. They do a job that I could never do myself. That’s the reason that my law firm accepted this job. It’s because we believed in the people, and we believed in their cause.”

School District Lawsuit Settled

Monday, July 28th, 2008

According to a recent report a lawsuit filed against a school district over the abuse of a school student has been settled. The report indicates that federal and civil lawsuits that were filed against the Carroll Community School District were settled for one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars.

The lawsuits were filed by family members of a boy that was allegedly sexually abused by a former teacher at the middle school, Robert Rogers. The lawsuits had claimed that the school district was aware of the inappropriate behaviour from Rogers, but did not warn authorities or the boy’s family.

The former teacher has since been sentenced to ten years in prison for third degree sexual abuse, and five years for sexual exploitation. The settlement figure of one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars is to be jointly paid by the school district and its insurance firm.

Although the lawsuit has now been settles court papers indicate that the district’s decision to settle is not an admission of guilt. It will also not stop the family of the boy from filing a civil lawsuit against Rogers.

Lawsuit May Be Dismissed Due To Lack Of Money

Friday, July 25th, 2008

According to a recent report a lawsuit that was filed against the city of Lynn may have to be dismissed because the plaintiffs don’t have the money to keep it going. The lawsuit had been filed against the city by local bar owners after there was a roll back in closing hours from two o’clock in the morning to one o’clock in the morning.

As a result of the roll back in opening times many bar owners have lost a lot of money. Some have already had to close their doors for good, and others are on the verge of doing so. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said that they could no longer keep the lawsuit going, stating: “They all spent a lot of money and a lot of time on this, but they just couldn’t afford the fight.”

He also said that Robert Carion’s hotspot, Cache, had been closed due to the rollback and huge losses had been incurred. “Carion had to walk away owing $198,000, and went from having 23 employees to four employees, to two, to closing…all due to the rollback. I’m not trying to sugarcoat this, it’s the truth.”

However, the mayor of the city said: “It’s just common sense. The rollback speaks for itself. It was done for the health, welfare and safety of the 89,000 residents of the city. Lynn had become a Mecca of people rushing to the city for last call to get fueled by alcohol and that’s not a good thing.”

Lawsuit Filed Against Ford Motor Company

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against the Ford Motor Company in Pima County Superior Court, in Tuscan, Arizona. The lawsuit was filed by the family of a border patrol agent who was injured as a result of his Ford rolling over whilst he was on patrol, resulting in his paralysis last year.

According to reports United States Border Patrol Agent Luis Pena Jr. was on duty and responding to a narcotics call in October of last year. He was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty Truck. The report claims that the truck started to drift to the right of the road, and the tyres left the road.

The agent then tried to correct the vehicle, but apparently it left the roadway and rolled over. At this point the driver’s side of the roof collapsed on to the agent, trapping his in the vehicle and resulting in his spine being broken.

The agent was just thirty years old at the time of his accident, and has a wife and two children. He and his family are now being represented by the Gomez law firm of San Diego.

Trial Set For Lawsuit Against School District

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A trial has been set in the case of a lawsuit that was filed against a school district by the mothers of two girls who claimed to have been harassed by boys at the school last year. The lawsuit has been filed against the McMinnville School District , and was filed in April in the US District Court in Portland, Oregon.

The lawsuit was filed by Vicki Jensen and Cindy de las Heras, the mothers of the two girls. They are claiming that the school district did not protect the two girls and identified them publicly. The lawsuit seeks one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars for each girl.

Three unidentified boys have been named in the lawsuit having being accused of harassing the girls. Two boys, Ryan Cornelison and Cory Mashburn, had charges against them dismissed last year after the alleged victims and the boys’ attorneys reached an agreement.

The trail for this case has now been set for next year, and is set to commence on June 22nd of next year according to recently released reports.

Canadians File Lawsuits Against Maple Leaf Foods

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Recent reports have shown that a number of Canadians are joining class action lawsuits that have been filed against Maple Leaf Foods after an alleged outbreak of Listeria. Plaintiffs involved in the case have claimed that their health has suffered as a result of a national outbreak of the disease.

The statement of one of the plaintiffs involved in a class action lawsuit against Maple Leaf Foods reads: “The plaintiff had symptoms including fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal nausea, headache, stiff neck and projectile vomiting.”

The lawsuit is looking for at least one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for each claimant, stating that the company failed to ensure that its food products were safe for consumption. One of the plaintiffs said that he had tried to get regulators to come and sample some of the meat that caused his sickness but that they failed to do so.

A senior official at Maple Leaf has admitted that the outbreak is the fault of the company and nothing to do with regulators. He said: “The buck stops right here. We have excellent systems and process in place but this week it’s our best efforts that failed – not the regulators, not the Canadian food safety system. I emphasize this is our accountability and it’s ours to fix, which we are taking on fully.”

Verizon Hit With Lawsuit Over Firing Of Employee

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Verizon has recently been hit with a retaliatory-harassment and unlawful-discharge lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the firing of an employee who complained about the sexually hostile work environment.

The former service technician at Verizon, Theresa Allen, said that co-workers retaliated as a result of her complaint and she was subjected to all sorts of harassment. This included having her name written in red paint, a toy rat being left dangling from the ceiling, and material of a sexual nature being left in the vehicles that she was using.

She further claims that she was subjected to inappropriate physical contact from her manager as well as offensive graffiti. She made the complaint about sexual harassment in 2006, and within a week of the first complaint the retaliation allegedly began.

She was eventually fired for taking two cups of rock salt home with her according to the report. One official said: “That retaliation is a worse violation than the offense itself. When you take this type of action against someone who does complain, there is the message you send to other employees: Don’t complain or you’ll get fired.”

Animal Abuse Lawsuit Headed For Trial

Friday, July 18th, 2008

A long awaited lawsuit between animal welfare advocated and one of the world’s best known circuses is set to go to trial in October of this year, according to a recent report. The lawsuit has been filed against Ringling Bros, which has been accused by animal groups of animal cruelty because of its treatment of endangered Asian elephants.

Ringling Bros has been accused of rough and unnecessary treatment of these elephants, which animal rights advocates have said constitutes animal cruelty. The circus has been going for one hundred and thirty eight years, and the elephant acts are a big part of the attraction for many circus goers.

Depending on the outcome of the trial the circus may have to stop touring with the elephants. The lawsuit was filed around eight years ago originally, and reports claim that a range of evidence indicating cruelty has been discovered, including injuries caused to elephants by the shackles that are used.

Other allegations include attempts by the circus to hide animal abuse from government regulators and the public, the deaths of three baby elephants that could have been prevented, and a number of other allegations.