Boeing Agrees to Pay $200M Over SEC Charges Regarding 737 Max Crashes

Boeing has agreed to pay a $200 million penalty to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the company misled investors and the public about the safety of the 737 Max after two of the planes crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people.

The SEC charged the Boeing company and its former CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, with “making materially misleading public statements” following the crashes.

Investigators found that both crashes were caused in part by a flawed automated flight control system called MCAS. The SEC says after the first crash in Indonesia in October of 2018, Boeing and then-CEO Muilenburg “knew that MCAS posed an ongoing airplane safety issue, but nevertheless assured the public that the 737 Max airplane was ‘as safe as any that has ever flown the skies’.”

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Jury Awards $95.5M to Houston Family for Girl’s Brain Damage in Negligence Lawsuit

A state district court jury in Houston has awarded $95.5 million to the family of a four-year-old Houston girl left irreversibly brain damaged after a dentist improperly restrained and sedated her during treatment of decayed teeth, according to the family’s attorney James R. Moriarty and co-counsel.

After a three-day trial, the jury found that former dentist Bethaniel Jefferson was negligent in her treatment of Nevaeh Hall, who suffered drug-induced seizures and oxygen deprivation at the Diamond Dental Practice in January 2016.

The girl’s parents, Courissa Clark and Derrick Hall, alleged that Jefferson physically restrained the girl, negligently medicated her, and kept the girl away from her mother after she began having seizures.

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U.S. Court Awards $73M to Family of Prominent Venezuelan Who Died in Custody

A federal judge in Miami has awarded $73 million in damages to the family of a prominent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government who died while in custody in what he described as a “murder for hire” carried out by a criminal enterprise led by President Nicolás Maduro.

Fernando Albán was arrested in 2018 upon arrival to the international airport in Caracas from New York, where he was part of a delegation that had denounced Maduro’s government on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. He died three days later in what authorities initially described as a suicide jump from the 10th floor of a building belonging to Venezuela’s intelligence services.

Albán’s death provoked international outrage and condemnation from the U.S. Last year, his widow and two children sued Maduro and several high-ranking members of his government for carrying out the kidnapping, torture and murder of the one-time Caracas councilman.

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Parents in South Carolina Sue Hospital for Malpractice, Claim Child’s Cancer Was Undetected at Birth

A York family’s 5-year-old son is in a wheelchair.

Tristan Blanton’s parents claim he was born with cancer, but despite several x-rays at Piedmont Medical Center, they said doctors missed it.

Because the Blantons are suing, they could not speak to Channel 9 directly. WSOC-TV obtained a mediation video of their story and have included portions in this report.

In June 2017, Chase and Jenna Blanton welcomed their first born son, Tristan, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

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$490M Settlement Finalized Between University of Michigan and Abuse Survivors of Late Professor

A $490 million settlement between the University of Michigan and attorneys of more than 1,000 survivors of the abuse of Dr. Robert Anderson has been finalized.

All parties have approved to the settlement first announced in January, with the required consent from 98% of the claimants, a milestone recently reached, UM said Friday, Sept. 16.

The university said today the process was completed with guidance from Robert F. Riley, a neutral, third-party mediator appointed by U.S. District Court Judge Victoria A. Roberts.

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New York Giants Player Suing Doctor for Malpractice After Suffering from a Collapsed Lung

New York Giants backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is suing a Los Angeles Chargers team doctor and his clinic for malpractice, alleging a painkiller shot administered by the physician in 2020 caused Taylor’s lung to collapse and sidelined him in favor of Justin Herbert.

The lawsuit, which was filed in May 2021 and amended several times since, does not ask for a specific amount of money but asserts that the difference between a starting and backup quarterback in the NFL is $5 million annually, and often more.

Taylor was “prevented and/or limited in following his profession as an NFL starting quarterback, and has, therefore, suffered past and future loss of earnings and diminution of earning capacity,” the complaint says, adding that “injuries caused him to lose his position as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2020 NFL season.”

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State of Mississippi and State Farm Settle Lawsuit for $12M Over Hurricane Katrina Payments

Mississippi has quietly settled its lawsuit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for allegedly minimizing its Hurricane Katrina payments to policyholders, leaving the state to compensate homeowners.

The settlement says the $12 million payment represents “restitution for damage, which was or may have been caused by a violation of law or potential violation of law” on the part of State Farm, which has admitted no liability in its handling of claims from the 2005 storm, The Sun Herald reported.

State Farm paid the settlement in February 2021, but Attorney General Lynn Fitch never announced details of the agreement. The Sun Herald recently filed a public records request to secure a copy of the settlement, which does not appear in the voluminous electronic case file on the lawsuit.

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The University of Connecticut Settles Lawsuit with Former Men’s Basketball Coach for $3.9M

The University of Connecticut and former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie have reached a settlement of $3.9 million for claimed reputational damages and attorney’s fees to conclude the lengthy legal battle that has ensued between them since his firing for allegedly violating NCAA rules in 2018.

The settlement effectively ends a potential federal race discrimination suit Ollie had considered against the university.

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons.

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