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California Jury Rules That Weed Killer Caused Man's Cancer
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A jury in San Francisco ruled last week that weed killer RoundUp caused a man's cancer. The lawsuit was filed against the maker of the chemical Monsanto by the former groundskeeper. He alleged that the weed killer was a "substantial factor" in causing his non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury determined that the plaintiff's cancer was, in fact, caused by RoundUp and that Monsanto deliberately failed to warn consumers or regulators about the product's risks. The plaintiff was awarded $289 million by the jury, but a judge later lowered the award to $78 million.
Vanessa Romo, National Public Radio 03/19/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$13.1 Million Awarded to Black Man Framed for Murder by San Francisco Police
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The city of San Francisco will pay $13.1 million to a black man who spent six years in prison after being framed for the murder of a man in a local public housing project. The plaintiff filed suit against the city alleging that two police officers fabricated evidence him and hid evidence that would have exonerated him. The man was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the murder in 2010. The conviction was overturned in 2014 and the plaintiff was acquitted after a retrial.
Aris Folley, The Hill 03/21/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Facebook Settles Discrimination Lawsuit and Partners With Civil Rights Groups
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Facebook says it will put an end to discriminatory advertising that excluded African-American, female, and older users from housing, employment and credit offers. The company will also be paying $5 million to settle the lawsuit filed by leading civil rights and labor organizations. Further, the settlement established a partnership between the social media giant and the National Fair Housing Alliance, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Communication Workers of America union. The groups will collaborate to prevent discrimination on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.
Jessica Guynn, USA Today 03/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Middle School Teacher Fired After Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Students
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A lawsuit alleges a New Jersey teacher was fired after complaining about sexual harassment by middle-school students. According to the lawsuit, the teacher complained to school officials that students at Community Charter School in Paterson harassed her. She claimed male students made sexual comments to her and posted inappropriate videos of her to Snapchat. The teacher was harassed and retaliated against for complaints made to school officials, alleges the lawsuit, which was filed March 18 in Superior Court in Bergen County.
Anthony G. Attrino, NJ.com 03/22/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Survey at Free Library of Philadelphia Reveals Racism, Civil Rights Violations
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The Free Library of Philadelphia is facing employee complaints of discrimination and harassment. The alleged mistreatment was discovered when the library posted an anonymous survey to its employees in December. 83% of those surveyed cited homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, biased hiring, and placement practices. In the last several years, the city has been hit with three civil rights lawsuits by former employees, one of which was successful. The plaintiff in that lawsuit received a $382,500 settlement after alleging she endured “continuous, pervasive and outrageous discrimination, harassment and hostile workplace policies and practices for more than seven years,” following gender reassignment surgery.
TyLisa C. Johnson, Philly.Com 03/25/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
South Carolina Boat Crash Subject of Wrongful Death Suit
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a teen who was killed in a boating accident in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The 19-year-old woman died in a boat accident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 24. Five others were injured in the crash, but are expected to recover. The lawsuit was filed against a gas station, a restaurant, and the owners of the boat. According to the complaint, the defendants sold or served alcohol to the minors. The owners of the boat are accused of giving the minors alcohol and then allowing them to take out the boat.
Staff Report, Live 5 WCSC 03/21/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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