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Nevada School Sued After Student Gets Death Threat on Social Media
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A lawsuit filed in Nevada alleges the Clark County School District failed to take adequate action when a student received a death threat. The lawsuit states the minor was allegedly threatened with death in an Instagram group chat, but school officials failed to investigate or take action against the students responsible. The students allegedly made “disturbing comments” about the boy's weight and sexual orientation and described how they would paralyze and murder him.
Aleksandra Appleton, Las Vegas Review Journal 01/22/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Health Quest, Nuvance Data Breach Spurs Federal Lawsuit
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A federal lawsuit has been filed in New York against Health Quest and Nuvance Health over a July 2018 data breach. The breach exposed the personal identification and medical information of more than 28,000 customers, according to the complaint filed by a customer in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit cites the defendants' "failure to exercise reasonable care in securing and safeguarding their patients’ sensitive personal data."
John W. Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal 01/23/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Amtrak Faces Lawsuit Over Washington Train Derailment
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Amtrak is facing a lawsuit over a train derailment that took place in Washington in Dec. 2017. The lawsuit was filed by the engineer of the train at the time of the accident who says Amtrak failed to properly train him and install safety measures before the crash. He contends he "suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of the derailment." The accident resulted in the deaths of three passengers and injuries to several others according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Alexis Krell, Tacoma News-Tribune 01/22/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Michigan Sues 3M, Dupont and Others Over Contaminated Water Supply
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The state of Michigan is filing suit against DuPont, 3M and 15 other defendants for the alleged contamination of water supplies. According to state officials, the companies have released PFAS chemicals into the water supply used in applications including firefighting retardant and Teflon nonstick cookware. The chemicals have caused a widespread health hazard, as they are known to last in the human body for decades. The state filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
John Sammon, Legal Newsline 01/18/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit: Teen's Pleas for Help Were Denied by Behavioral Facility
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A teenage girl's pleas for help were ignored by staff at Newport News Behavioral Health Center in Virginia prior to her death, according to a lawsuit filed by her estate. The 17-year-old died of cardiac arrest after days of asking staff for assistance. The lawsuit filed by her half-sister on behalf of her estate alleges her death was “utterly preventable.” The case was filed in Newport News Circuit Court.
Matt Jones and Peter Dujardin, The Daily Press 01/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Dallas School District To Be Sued Over Fatal Shooting at Basketball Game
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A Dallas mother plans to file suit against Dallas ISD over the shooting death of her son at a high school basketball game. The lawsuit alleges the school district failed to protect the teen and his fellow students from the violence. The plaintiff's son died a week after he was shot on Jan. 11 by a 5-year-old at Dallas ISD's Ellis Davis Fieldhouse. The shooter was arrested after turning himself in to police the following day.
Steve Pickett, CBS DFW 01/22/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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