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Dakota Access Developer Files Suit Against Greenpeace, Others
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A developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline has filed a lawsuit against "rogue eco-terrorist groups" alleging that they spread false and misleading information about the project. Energy Transfer Partners filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Greenpeace and other organizations accusing the groups of spreading the misinformation. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. According to the complaint, the defendants "conspired to inflict damage on the pipeline developer and advance their own agendas." The lawsuit was filed by attorneys from the same firm that represents President Donald Trump.
Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune 08/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Hunter Awarded $18.5M in Treestand Fall
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A Kentucky jury has awarded $18.5 million to a hunter who was injured when a hunting treestand he was using fell to the ground. The lawsuit was filed against Primal Vantage Co., the manufacturer of the treestand, and alleged that they failed to warn consumers about the risks of using the product. The plaintiff alleged in the lawsuit that he has suffered from paralysis and excruciating pain since the accident. A Jefferson Circuit Court jury ruled that the plaintiff was 50 percent liable for his injuries in the fall because he failed to inspect it before he and another man and child got on the stand. The plaintiff was also determined to be partially at fault because he failed to use a safety harness.
Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier Journal 08/12/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: California Principal Threatened Parent with Deportation
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A lawsuit has been filed against a California elementary school principal alleging that he threatened to call immigration on a parent and a caretaker of a student who "challenged him." The lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning and alleges that the Pasadena Unified School District allegedly did not properly investigate complaints that Madison Elementary School’s former principal used deportation threats to intimidate a parent. The lawsuit was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, on behalf of the parent who was allegedly threatened by the school. The complaint alleges that the school was racially discriminatory and that the rights of due process of the child's mother and the caretaker were violated.
Jason Henry, Pasadena Star-News 08/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida School Board Challenges Education Law
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Florida's Orange County School Board voted on Tuesday to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of parts of a controversial education law the Florida Legislature passed earlier this year. The school board voted 8-0 to join the lawsuit, which alleges the new law contains unconstitutional provisions related to charter schools. Orange is the 10th district to join the lawsuit and has more than 30 charter schools that are currently running. The lawsuit contends that these schools unconstitutionally are forced to share tax dollars with other non-charter schools. Further, the lawsuit alleges that some of the schools have opened without school board approval and hired uncertified teachers.
Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel 08/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Academy Sports + Outdoors Recalls Crawfish Kits for Fire Hazard
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Academy Sports + Outdoors has issued a recall on Outdoor Gourmet 100-Qt. Crawfish kits with strainer due to a fire hazard. "The crawfish kit hose can melt and/or burn, posing a fire hazard," states the lawsuit. About 21,000 of the kits were sold in the U.S. at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores and online from March 2014 through May 2017. There have been 14 reports of hoses melting or catching fire, however, there have not been any injuries or property damage reported.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 08/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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N.J. Assisted Living Facility Sued Over Death of Alzheimer's Patient
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A New Jersey assisted living facility is facing a lawsuit by the family of a man who died there last year. The lawsuit alleges that the staff at The Bristal Assisted Living At Woodcliff Lake failed to monitor the 88-year-old's medical conditions and that he deteriorated over a three-week period. According to the lawsuit filed Aug. 15 in Bergen County Superior Court, the elderly man, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, died in a hospital on June 25, 2016. The man's son, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleges that his father died due to the facility's neglect.
Anthony G. Attrino, NJ.com 08/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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