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New Jersey Man Sues Over Lack of Drink Prices on TGI Fridays Menu
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A resident of Pemberton Township, New Jersey, was "shocked" by the bill he got from a 2012 visit to his local TGI Fridays. He filed a lawsuit against the popular restaurant chain in 2014 over their "failure to disclose drink prices" and now a judge's ruling has allowed the lawsuit to proceed as a class action suit. The man claims that the local franchise owner intentionally withheld beverage prices so that he could charge more money to customers.
Christian Hetrick, Philadelphia Inquirer 07/15/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Exonerated Man Sues Montana for Nearly $97M
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Richard Raugust spent almost two decades in prison convicted of a murder that he did not commit after evidence was suppressed at his original 1998 trial. After experiencing what he calls the "grossest miscarriage of justice our society can offer," he subsequently started working with Montana Innocence Project to get his conviction reversed. His lawsuit seeks nearly $97 million in compensation "for the years of freedom he lost, a flawed investigation and legal process, and medical costs related to claimed mistreatment during his time incarcerated."
Holly K. Michels, Helena Independent Record 07/14/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Neo-Nazi Website's "Troll Storm" Leads to $14M Award in Damages
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A barrage of hate-fueled messages from extremist fans of a popular neo-Nazi website aimed at a Jewish real estate agent in Montana ended in a lawsuit against Andrew Anglin, publisher of The Daily Stormer. Tanya Gersh and her family were the victims of "vile phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media posts, many of which contained death threats and anti-Semitic slurs" after Anglin turned his internet community on them. This week, a federal judge ordered Anglin to pay Gersh more than $14 million in damages because of the targeted harassment campaign. Gersh hopes the judge's ruling has "sent a clear message to Anglin and other extremists."
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post 07/16/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Philadelphia Woman Awarded $500K in Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson
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On June 28, 2019, a Philadelphia jury awarded $500,000 to plaintiff Linda Dunfee, against Johnson & Johnson, which was found liable for design defects in a pelvic mesh implant that left plaintiff in severe pain. This marks the ninth verdict against Johnson & Johnson and in favor of plaintiffs injured by pelvic mesh design defects.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 07/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Key Bank Files Lawsuit Against Payroll Company After $90M Overdraft
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Key Bank has filed a federal civil suit accusing Interlogic Outsourcing, Inc, a payroll processing company in Indiana that was their customer, of fraud. The founder of Interlogic made a "set of complicated wire transfers to other financial institutions" that was nearly $100 million more than the company had on deposit with Key Bank. While they do believe it was an "isolated incident," the bank's legal action seeks to recover the lost funds.
Sam Wood, Philadelphia Inquirer 07/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
GM Sued Over Fatal Collision in West Virginia
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A woman from Mineral Wells, West Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against automaker General Motors alleging strict liability, negligence, and wrongful death. Her son died in an accident where his GMC Sierra truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 before flipping over and catching fire. The lawsuit accuses GM of manufacturing a defective vehicle and of designing a fuel system that was not crashworthy.
Carrie Bradon, West Virginia Record (C of C Publication) 07/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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