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South Carolina Residents Allege Water Service Overcharged Them
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Residents of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, have filed a lawsuit against Mt. Pleasant Waterworks alleging the agency overcharged customers. According to the complaint, the water company overcharged people on their bills and monopolized the area’s water services available to locals. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, conversion, unjust enrichment/quantum meruit, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, unfair trade practices act violations and fraud and seeks a jury trial.
Kolbie Satterfield, Live 5 WCSC 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Clemson Student Alleges Harassment by Professor During Peru Trip
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A Clemson University student has filed suit alleging he was sexually harassed by a professor during a research trip to Peru. The lawsuit was filed in Oconee County, South Carolina, on May 16 by the man who alleges he was touched “in ways that were uncomfortable” and “unwanted” by the professor. The lawsuit alleges the university violated Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education, by failing to handle the sexual harassment.
Mollie R. Simon, The State 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida Keys Councilman and Restaurant Owner Accused of Harassment
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A city councilman from the Florida Keys has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually harassing an employee of a restaurant he owns. The woman accuses the Islamorada Village councilman of making unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was employed at Mangrove Mike's Cafe. According to the complaint, the defendant made the advances and inappropriate comments in person and on social media. The lawsuit was filed with the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
David Goodhue, Miami Herald 05/17/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Dancers Awarded $3 Million in Racial Discrimination Suit Against Mississippi Cabaret
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More than $3 million has been awarded to five black dancers in a discrimination lawsuit filed against a Mississippi strip club. The federal jury in Jackson ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the dancers in the lawsuit filed eight years ago. The lawsuit accused Danny's Downtown Cabaret and the former Baby O's Restaurant of discriminating against black dancers by limiting their shifts and subjecting them to racially offensive epithets.
Jimmie E. Gates, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger 05/16/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Judge Allows Consolidated Lawsuit in Age Discrimination Case Against Jewel-Osco
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A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that employees of the Jewel-Osco grocery chain who allege they were discriminated against based on their age will be able to pursue their claims as a group. Judge Manish Shah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the store's request to separate the claims into separate cases. The lawsuit was filed by seven current and former Jewel-Osco employees, whose ages ranged from 56 to 61, who say their employer discriminated against them based on their age during managerial restructuring in 2011.
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune 05/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Malpractice

 
$30M Awarded to Family of Gunshot Victim Who Waited Hours for Treatment
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A $30 million verdict has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the family of a homicide victim who waited hours to see a surgeon at Alabama's DCH Regional Medical Center. The Tuscaloosa County jury awarded the family a record verdict in their lawsuit against DCH Healthcare Authority and other health care providers. They alleged that the man died of a gunshot wound because the on-call surgeon was performing an elective surgery at the time, causing him to wait for hours.
Stephanie Taylor, The Tuscaloosa News 05/16/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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