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Class Action

 
Lawsuit Filed Over 'Forever Chemical' Contamination of Lubbock Wells
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A class action lawsuit has been filed over groundwater contamination that supplies private wells in Lubbock, Texas. The lawsuit was filed against manufacturers that have released so-called "forever chemicals" that have permeated the water supply in the surrounding area. Testing has revealed that levels of chemicals that exceed the USEPA health advisory levels. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and alleges that the contamination has led to a drop in property values for nearby residents.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 01/19/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
New Mexico School Sued After Bullied Student Suffers Brain Injury in Attack
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The Pojoaque Valley School District in New Mexico is facing a lawsuit by the family of a girl who was assaulted by a fellow student. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in state District Court alleges the school district failed to protect their daughter from being bullied by another female student. During the 2019 incident, the plaintiff's daughter was physically attacked by another student who had bullied her on social media during the year prior. The student suffered a brain injury in the attack that left her with brain damage, according to the lawsuit.
Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican 01/19/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Netflix Settles with Sherlock Holmes Author’s Estate over Copyright Infringement
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On December 18, 2020, popular streaming service Netflix reached an undisclosed settlement with the estate of famed Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, bringing an end to claims that Netflix infringed on plaintiff’s copyrights in its new movie, "Enola Holmes."
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 01/20/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Recall: 128,000 Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives May Catch Fire
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A recall has been issued for Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives due to a fire hazard. As the recall states, "the battery can overheat and catch fire if non-Rapala chargers are used to charge the battery." The recall includes about 128,000 which were sold at a number of retailers nationwide including Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's and online at rapala.com. Rapala is aware of 12 batteries overheating and catching fire, including some damage to surrounding areas.
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Wrongful Death

 
Another Lawsuit Filed Over Shooting Deaths of Texas Mother and Daughters
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Another lawsuit has been filed against a man whose girlfriend and her two daughters were found shot to death in his home in Bexar County, Texas. The lawsuit was filed by the father of the two teens against their mother's boyfriend, whose gun was used in the fatal incident. The deaths of the two girls were ruled as homicides and the death of the mother was ruled as a suicide. The recent lawsuit accuses the boyfriend of allowing the woman access to the gun in his bedside table when she was in an agitated state.
Peggy O'Hare, San Antonio Express News 01/19/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Philadelphia Meatpacking Employee Died of Virus, Family Files Suit
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A lawsuit has been filed over the COVID-19 death of an employee of the Original Philly Cheesesteak Co. plant in Philadelphia. The man died a few weeks after the plant was closed in early April due to a COVID-19 outbreak. According to the lawsuit filed by the man's family, plant owner Tyson Foods "inexplicably failed to take proper safety precautions to protect workers."
Sam Wood, Philadelphia Inquirer 01/15/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Family Sues After Autistic Teen Dies in Restraint by Deputies at Louisiana Mall
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The parents of a Louisiana child who died in police custody in a suburb of New Orleans have filed a lawsuit over his death. The 16-year-old with autism died after being restrained by seven officers for over nine minutes outside a shopping mall in January of last year. The lawsuit states that the teen suffered an acute sensory episode outside a laser tag center before he had an altercation with another person was restrained by police. His parents filed suit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies.
Anagha Srikanth, The Hill 01/19/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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