Archive for July, 2008

Judge Overturns His Own Decision Over September 11th Settlements

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

A judge who approved four settlements of between five and a half and eight million dollars in relation to the September 11th New York terrorist attacks has reversed his own decision, and has now rejected the four claims stating that they are too excessive.

Attorneys working on behalf of the four plaintiffs are now urging to judge, District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, to reconsider the decision to reverse his own original ruling. The judge had decided that the four settlements were excessive compared to the other claims that had been filed over the attacks.

The four lawsuits were part of a group of fewer than one hundred that were filed over the September 11th attacks, as around five thousand others received money from a fund that had been set up, which distributed over seven billion dollars altogether.

The judge also criticised the lawyers working on the four cases, stating that they had demanded a twenty five percent cut of the compensation, which was way more than the fifteen percent that lawyers handing most other cases had taken.

More Comair Lawsuits Settled Before Trial

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

According to a recent report more of the lawsuits that were filed against Comair over a plane crash that killed everyone on board except for the co-pilot have been settled without having to go to trial. The crash occurred in 2006 after the plane took off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport.

There are now only three pending cases left unsettled according to the report, two in Fayette County and one in Florida. Over the past two weeks seventeen claimants, who were family members of those killed in the crash, have settled with Comair.

An official from Comair stated: “Since the day of the accident, Comair has committed itself to treating the passenger families fairly and respectfully. It is comforting to come so far in this process and know we’ve honored our initial commitment.”

An attorney working for the plaintiffs said that the families were glad that they did not have to go through the crash details again, especially since the two year anniversary was approaching. He said: “I only wish it was as simple to put an end to the families’ suffering as it is to put an end to litigation. Unfortunately, that is something none of us can do.”

Could Hospital Infection Lawsuits Be The Next Big Thing?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

An industry official, who is the chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, has expressed an opinion that hospital infection related lawsuits could be the next big thing, and that class action lawsuits in this field could overtake even asbestos related lawsuits over time.

She states that whilst in the past hospital related infections were often considered to be unavoidable because of the environment, it has now been claimed that the risk of hospital infections is often heightened due to lack of hygiene in hospital and amongst hospital staff.

One case that was used to highlight the problems was that of a James Klotz and his wife, who had filed a lawsuit against a heart surgeon, his group practice and St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. They were awarded two and a half million dollars last month as a result of the incident.

Mr Klotz had been admitted to hospital following a heart attack, and was fitted with a pacemaker. However, he also contracted the drug resistant infection, MRSA, and as a result ended up losing his right leg, part of his foot, and his kidney, as well as his hearing.

Libya And United States Sign Agreement Over Outstanding Lawsuits

Monday, July 14th, 2008

The United States and Libya have signed an agreement to settle all outstanding lawsuits from victims of terrorism on both sides, which officials state will clear the way for diplomatic relations between the two sides to be restored.

According to reports there were twenty six lawsuits filed against Libya by American citizens over terrorism attacks, and three filed against the United States by Libyan citizens over terrorist attacks. The details of the deal have not yet been made public, but were discussed by an anonymous senior official from the Libyan government.

The deal was confirmed by the State Department spokesman, Robert Wood, who said: “The agreement is designed to provide rapid recovery of fair compensation for American nationals with terrorism- related claims against Libya.”

He added: “It will also address Libyan claims arising from previous U.S. military actions. The agreement is being pursued on a purely humanitarian basis and does not constitute an admission of fault by either party.”

Travel Company Sued By Attorney General

Friday, July 11th, 2008

An Internet based travel company is being sued by the attorney general, Jerry Brown, who has accused it being nothing more than a pyramid scheme, which benefits just a few people and leaves everyone else with nothing. Brown is seeking over twenty five million dollars in fines and restitution from the company, YourTravelBiz.com.

The company has recruited many thousands of members, by promising them that they can earn big bucks by setting up their own personal travel agency websites, according to a report. Last year the firm’s profits were up by around one hundred and seventy seven percent compared to the previous year.

Jerry Brown stated that the business was “immensely profitable to a few individuals on top and a complete rip-off for most everyone else.” He added: “Today’s lawsuit seeks to shut down the company’s unlawful operation before more people are exploited by the scam.”

However, officials from the firm have described the company as “a provider of Internet-based travel booking services for travel agencies and home-based independent representatives.”
An Internet based travel company is being sued by the attorney general, Jerry Brown, who has accused it being nothing more than a pyramid scheme, which benefits just a few people and leaves everyone else with nothing. Brown is seeking over twenty five million dollars in fines and restitution from the company, YourTravelBiz.com.

The company has recruited many thousands of members, by promising them that they can earn big bucks by setting up their own personal travel agency websites, according to a report. Last year the firm’s profits were up by around one hundred and seventy seven percent compared to the previous year.

Jerry Brown stated that the business was “immensely profitable to a few individuals on top and a complete rip-off for most everyone else.” He added: “Today’s lawsuit seeks to shut down the company’s unlawful operation before more people are exploited by the scam.”

However, officials from the firm have described the company as “a provider of Internet-based travel booking services for travel agencies and home-based independent representatives.”

Game Show Host Removed From Lawsuit

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The long standing host of a game show has been removed from a lawsuit that was filed by a former employee on the game show. The lawsuit was filed by a former employee from the Price is Right, claiming that she was wrongfully terminated from her position. However, whilst she had named the host of the show Bob Barker as a defendant his name was removed by the judge, who said that Barker was not her boss.

A number of claims against Barker were dismissed from the lawsuit by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm H. Mackey earlier this week, and the judge went on to state that because Barker was not the plaintiff’s boss he could not be sued for wrongful termination.

The plaintiff’s attorney can make amendments to the lawsuit claiming that Barker caused his client distress in connection with the termination, but for the time being these claims have been dismissed.

The plaintiff, Deborah Curling, was a production assistant on the show, and had worked there for around twenty four years. She claims that she was demoted from her job after she testified against Barker in another wrongful termination lawsuit filed by another former production assistant.

Hell’s Angels File Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Two Hell’s Angels have filed a lawsuit recently, claiming that the group is being discriminated against by Midlothian authorities, and that the police chief and the mayor in Midlothian are trying to run the group and other similar groups out of town.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, with the Angels claiming that members were being turned away from a number of restaurants and bars in the town. The plaintiffs have claimed that the mayor and police chief have held meetings with the town’s businesses and demanded that they turn the Hell’s Angels away.

An attorney working on the case said: “Any club has legitimate rights as long as they fulfill a legitimate purpose. (Authorities) want to compare (Hell’s Angels) to other illegal organizations, and that’s neither proper nor right.”

He went on to state that witnesses who had attended the alleged meetings between authorities and business owners has said that bikers had been described as “nothing but thieves, cheats, liars, dangerous troublemakers… all you will get from them is a firebomb to the window and the raping of your old lady.”

Kentucky Jail Lawsuit Settled

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

A lawsuit has been settled by the families of two women that were killed by escaped convicts and a Kentucky jail. The families of Samantha Burns and Alice Donovan settled the lawsuit with Hopkins County, the county jail, and its employees, which they filed as a result of the two women being killed by criminals that had escaped.

When the two inmates, Branden Basham and Chadrick Fulks, escaped in 2002 they went on a multi-state killing spree, and the two women became their victims. The lawsuit accused jail employees of failing to supervise the inmates properly and failing to have properly working security equipment, which they claim aided the escape of the criminals.

The two inmates were given life for the killing of nineteen year old Donovan, and received death sentences for the killing of forty four year old Burns. The bodies of the two murdered women have never been recovered.

On the day that they escaped the two men had been left unsupervised in the jail yard for around one and a half hours, and because security cameras had been positioned elsewhere they were able to escape.

Government To Be Sued Over Polar Bear Listing

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The federal government is being sued by a conservative legal advocacy group over a decision to list the Polar bear as a threatened species. The Pacific Legal Foundation has stated that the decision to list the Polar bear as a threatened species could result in an increase in lawsuits being filed against any companies or industries connected to the warming of the bear’s habitat.

An attorney dealing with the case stated: “It allows activists to file lawsuits more easily based on claims that industrial activity will harm the species. Clearly, efforts need to be made to protect species, but the methods under which that is done shouldn’t put species before people.” He also went on to state that listing the Polar bear as endangered could actually have harmful effects for poor people and minorities, although no detail was provided with regards to how this was linked. He simply added: “When we file suit, we’ll have to provide more information on the impact of the polar bear listing on the clients.”

A number of officials from the State of Alaska also want to file a suit over the decision, as many fear that if the listing is changed then this could impact upon gas and oil development in the area.