Archive for April, 2008

Eleven Million Dollar Suit Filed By Victim Of Motor Accident

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The victim of a motor accident has filed an eleven million dollar lawsuit against the Alberta Motor Association’s insurance division. It is thought that this could be the largest injury claim in the history of Alberta. The young man that was injured was a hockey player but was left quadriplegic after the accident.

Also being sued by nineteen year old Darin Wood is his friend Jeffrey Starling, who is being accused of negligence whilst driving the vehicle – a 2000 Ford Mustang – when the accident occurred. The car was flipped into the air when the accident occurred.

Officials state that there is no chance that the victim will make a full recovery even though he has been through rehabilitation. Report claim that he is incontinent and will require around the clock care for the rest of his life.

According to Wood’s lawyers he will lose out on a lifetime of income as a result of sustaining the injuries at such a young age. This is why he is suing for such a large sum of money.

Investigations Begin In Fourteen Million Dollar Lawsuit

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Investigations have commenced with regards to a fourteen million dollar lawsuit that was filed by a couple whose unborn daughter suffered severe brain damage in a police chase. The incident occurred two years ago, and the St Albert couple are suing for ten million dollars for their daughter and two million each for themselves.

The civil lawsuit was launched in September of last year by Christina and Chad Herbers – Christina was five months pregnant at the time. She gave birth to a daughter four months later, but her daughter had suffered brain injuries in the incident.

In the incident the St Albert RCMP and the City Police were chasing an eighteen year old man that had stolen a vehicle and led them on a chase. The driver hit a number of vehicles, including a police car, before ramming into the plaintiff’s’ car.

Both parents suffered severe injuries in the incident, and when their baby daughter was born she had brain damage and was unable to perform basic functions such as coughing, sucking, and swallowing.

Wrongful Death Case To Go To Trial

Monday, April 28th, 2008

According to a recent report a trial date has been set for a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against Pictou County Health Authority, Aberdeen Hospital, and a doctor. The trial date has been set for September 2009. The lawsuit was filed by Lillian Moore over the care received by her husband, John, in 2003.

The lawsuit claims that the care that John Moore received when in hospital in 2003 was below standard, and this lack of care resulted in the man’s death. The complaints states that Mr Moore went into cardiac arrest on New Year’s Eve 2003, and was not administered proper treatment.

As part of the lawsuit Lillian Moore is seeking damages, as well as compensation for her husband’s projected future earnings. Three weeks has been allocated for the trial in 2009.

Mrs Moore stated: “I’m very glad to have a date set. I’ve been fighting this for so long and I will keep persevering. I have to do this for John.” The lawsuit also accuses one doctor, Dr. Spiro Photopoulis, of negligence.

Widow Sues Owner Of Sugar Refinery Plant

Friday, April 25th, 2008

A widow whose husband was killed in a blast at a sugar refinery in February is suing the owner of the plant. The owner of the plant has been accused of negligence, with the lawsuit claiming that he failed to get combustible dust cleaned up, and this then led to the devastating blast that killed the plaintiff’s husband amongst others.

The February blast killed thirty one year old Shelathia Harvey, along with another twelve workers. The lawsuit filed by his wife against Savannah Foods and Industries seeks unspecified damages. Her lawsuit claims that the build up of sugar dust at the plant was so bad that workers’ footprints and handprints could be seen on the floors and walls.

Her lawyer stated: “We think it was negligence that caused my client’s husband to die. Savannah Foods and Industries allowed to exist an unreasonable level of combustible sugar dust, which they knew from their experience was a hazard and would explode given certain conditions.”

Another company has also been named as a defendant. Stokes Contracting, the other defendant in the lawsuit, was hired to clean up the excess sugar dust from the plant.

Lawsuit Filed Against Fall Out Boy Star

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Star of the band Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, is being sued by a man that claims the star assaulted him at a bar last summer. The plaintiff, Andy Kallas, claims that he went to Schuba’s Tavern for a Fall Out Boy show last summer, and this is where the incident is said to have taken place.

The complaint stated that Kallas was attacked “without authorization or provocation” by the star. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims that Kallas was kicked and punched for several minutes by Wentz and ten members of his security staff.

The lawsuit states that the attack on Kallas resulted in “serious injuries to his head, mouth and face.” According to reports the attack happened when a man started making fun of Wentz over his clothes and his girlfriend. However, it is claimed that Kallas did nothing to provoke the attack on him.

The group, including Wentz, are being accused of assault and battery, as well as false imprisonment because they refused to let Kallas get up and go. He is now seeking two hundred thousand dollars in compensation.

Lawsuit Against J.Lo Dismissed By Judge

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A lawsuit that named singing and acting star Jennifer Lopez as one of the defendants has been dismissed by a judge. The judge dismissed the lawsuit against Lopez stating that there was not sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial.

The lawsuit was filed by a writer who claimed that Lopez played a part in ripping off his idea for a television show. The writer, Jack Bunick, claimed that he described an idea for a show he had named South Beach Miami in 1999. He claims that in 2006 a show called South Beach came out, for which Lopez was executive producer.

The writer said that the show had ripped off his idea, and he named a number of defendants on the lawsuit, including Lopez, UPN, CBS Television and others. However, he did admit that many aspects of his idea had been generic, and this is one of the reasons the case had to be dismissed.

A lawyer for Lopez said that she did not have a great deal to do with the creation or development of the show, and was only brought in towards the end of the process to raise the profile of the show.

Jamba Juice Sued Over Harassment

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

A number of female employees have filed a lawsuit against their employer, Jamba Juice, claiming that the manager sexually harassed female staff members, some of whom were teenagers, until they had enough and quit their jobs.

The report claims that the manager at a store used to talk about breast and bra sizes with female employees, touch them inappropriately, try to talk about sexual practices, and hug them against their will, amongst other things. He was accused to verbal and physical sexual harassment.

The matter was escalated after the manager was promoted by the firm after being disciplined for sexual harassment. The company is accused of them allowing the sexual harassment to continue for a further two years. The manager at the centre of the lawsuit has now been fired according to reports.

The lawsuit now seeks to force Jamba Juice to pay compensation to all of the female workers that were sexually harassed by the manager in question.

Lawsuit Filed Against BMW

Monday, April 21st, 2008

A lawsuit has been filed against BMW after it was revealed that the firm expects customers to keep quiet about faulty airbags that are fitted into their vehicles. Lawyers that have filed the lawsuit want it to be a class action, as it could affect thousands of drivers of the BMW X5 sport utility vehicle.

One driver explained that she had hurt her arm after her airbag exploded and when she took the car in she was told that she had to sign a confidentiality agreement or else pay nearly four thousand dollars for repair.

She said: “Finally, I got very upset and I called customer relations, and they said OK, they would go ahead and repair the airbag. But, that I should sign some papers and send them back to them, which ended up being the release and I just didn’t think that was right. Why should I have to sign a release to get you to fix something that you should have fixed to begin with?”

However, she refused to do this and instead filed a lawsuit against BMW. A lawyer stated: “That is a serious problem. We have now filed a lawsuit to prevent BMW from keeping these things secret. We feel that it is unfair and deceptive and we filed a claim on that behalf, and we also want everyone who has paid out monies to have air bag repaired–not covered under warranty– to be reimbursed their monies.”

Lawsuit Between Restaurant Owner And Chef Settled Out Of Court

Friday, April 18th, 2008

A lawsuit that was brought against a chef by the owner of the restaurant that he previously worked at has been settled out of court according to a recent report. The owner of the Greenwich Village seafood restaurant sued her former sous-chef after accusing him of opening a rival eatery that she claimed was a ‘total plagiarism’ of her own.

The owner of the Pearl Oyster Bar in Greenwich Village, Rebecca Charles, claimed that her form sous-chef, Edward McFarland, had copied all of the different elements of her own restaurant. This included the color scheme, the décor, and even menu items according to Charles.

In her lawsuit Charles demanded that the copied elements of McFarland’s eatery, called Ed’s Lobster Bar, located in SoHo, had to be changed so that they were not a copied version of her own restaurant.

The lawsuit has now been settled out of court, and McFarland is said to have made changes to his eatery to some extent. However, the full details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Family Of Plane Crash Man Awarded Four Million Dollars

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The family of a man that was killed in a plane crash in 2002 have been awarded four million dollars by a jury following a week long court case in West Carroll Parish. It is thought that the award is one of the largest civil settlements in the area’s history.

The Monroe businessman, Robert Young, died in 2002, and the jury ordered the manufacturer of the engine of the plane, Teledyne Continental Motors, to pay his surviving family the four million dollars in damages and compensation.

Young had been killed in his Beechcraft Baron twin engine aircraft, which came down in a field close to Oak Grove. His family claimed that the accident occurred due to a faulty engine. Young was the only occupant in the aircraft when it crashed.

Following the verdict, which came late on Friday night, the family of the deceased fifty seven year old expressed their thanks to the jury and the witnesses that had been involved in the case.