$1M Settlement for Ex-Officer Breaking Into Home While on Vacation

Does anyone remember Michael J. Reynolds, the former officer with the New York Police Department who flew to Nashville, Tenn., to attend a 3-day bachelor party in 2018 and ended up breaking into the home of Black woman Conese Halliburton and her four sons, who lived next to the Airbnb he was staying in? You might remember that Reynolds hurled racial slurs at the family, cursed at them and even threatened them with violence. You might also remember that he was sentenced to 15 days in jail behind the offense but somehow wasn’t removed from the force.

Well now, more than 2 years after the incident, a federal district court judge has ruled that the Klan-ish ex-cop must pay out $1 million to the Black family he terrorized.

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$325K Settlement Reached in Excessive Force from Las Cruces Police

LAS CRUCES – A lawsuit accusing a Las Cruces police officer of excessive force and his supervisors of negligence was dismissed with prejudice late last month after the city agreed to settle for $325,000.

Jacob Sanchez, who was left without an areola after an encounter with a police K-9, filed a lawsuit against Las Cruces Police Officer Isaiah Baker and others in March 2019.

Baker has been sued at least twice before for excessive use of force, according to court records.

Sanchez’s suit argued that Baker’s history of misconduct should have prevented the officer from becoming a K-9 handler and also named five of his supervisors within the Las Cruces Police Department and city of Las Cruces. 

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University of Utah $10.5M Settlement for Family of Murdered Student

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV/CBS) — On the two year anniversary of Lauren McCluskey’s death, University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins and Lauren’s parents announced a settlement agreement in the McCluskey’s lawsuit against the U.

The terms of the settlement are as follows, according to court documents:

Through its risk management agency and its insurance provider, the University of Utah will pay the McCluskeys $10.5 million by March 31, 2021.
The University of Utah will make a $3 million donation to the Lauren McCluskey Foundation no later than March 31, 2021. No tuition or state-appropriated funds will be used in making this donation, the U stated.
The University of Utah pledged to build an indoor track for the Track and Field team, which Lauren was apart of before she died.
The University of Utah’s Center for Violence Prevention will be renamed as the McCluskey Center for Violence and Prevention.

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$28M Settlement for Family of Grandmother Killed by Falling Tree

Family members of a 61-year-old San Pedro grandmother who was killed by a falling 80-foot tree at her daughter’s 2016 wedding party in Whittier have reached a tentative $28 million settlement with the city, according to court papers filed by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The lawsuit stemming from Margarita Mojarro’s death was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2017, alleging wrongful death and that a dangerous condition of public property existed.

The case was later transferred to Norwalk Superior Court and the plaintiffs’ motion for a finding that the settlement was made in good faith is scheduled to be heard Friday by Judge Raul Sahagun.

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$2.75M Settlement Reached in Inmate’s Flu Death

The Oregon Department of Corrections agreed to pay a record $2.75 million to the family of a man who died from the flu at the Oregon State Penitentiary and has apologized for the man’s “needless and preventable death.”

The amount is the largest settlement ever paid to an individual plaintiff in Oregon prison history. 

The settlement comes nine months after the family of Michael Barton filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit accusing prison staff of failing to treat the 54-year-old inmate for the flu and then covering up his flu-related death. 

On Tuesday, ODOC Director Colette Peters publicly apologized to Barton’s family. 

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Princeton Settles Gender Pay Gap Lawsuit for $1.2M

Princeton University has agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million in wages to 106 female professors, to resolve allegations of discrimination in salary and gender pay gap flagged by a compliance review by the US Department of Labor.

Of the total amount, $925,000 would be distributed in back pay, which would include employees that have left the institute and at least $250,000 will be paid in future salary adjustments.

The Department of Labor started an investigation in 2012 as part of a routine compliance procedure and found glaring disparities in the salaries of women in the capacity as full professors to that of their male counterparts, over a period of two years.

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Johnson & Johnson Adds $1B to Opioid Settlement

Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday that it is adding $1 billion to its contribution to the all-in settlement deal struck last year that would resolve opioid lawsuits against the company. 

The settlement is part of the $48 billion framework that four states announced one year ago in which Johnson & Johnson and four other companies agreed to provide $22 billion in cash and $26 billion worth of a generic opioid addiction treatment, product distribution and data tracking measures. 

The drugmaker said its additional contribution “results from continued negotiations and is intended to maximize participation in the settlement.” The amount brings the company’s contribution up to $5 billion.

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Settlement Reached in West Virginia VA Hospital Deaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tentative settlements have been reached in several civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of veterans who died at a West Virginia hospital where a former nursing assistant admitted to intentionally killing seven people with fatal doses of insulin.

The settlements were disclosed by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Saturday as well as in federal court filings stemming from the deaths of six veterans at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

The proposed settlement amounts range from $700,000 to $975,000. The court filings said a Nov. 20 hearing is scheduled.

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DOJ Announced $1.2M Settlement in Police Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the settlement of a civil rights lawsuit involving a former Pocomoke City Police chief and two others

The DOJ says the $1.2 million settlement was reached last week with the Worcester County Sheriff and the State of Maryland.  This settlement resolves allegations that former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell was subjected to a racially hostile work environment, and that he and two others in the department, who supported him in his claims, were retaliated against after he filed complaints about the discrimination.

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$411M Settlement from Single-Truck Company Following 45 Vehicle Pileup

A Florida jury handed down a massive multi-million dollar verdict following a 2018 crash that left a motorcyclist severely injured.

On Friday, October 2, a jury in Florida’s Second Circuit Court returned a $411,726,608 verdict for Duane Washington, 42, in a case against Top Auto Express Trucking Company.

Washington, a former career Army sergeant, suffered major injuries in a 45 vehicle pileup crash that occurred during stormy weather on westbound I-10 in Tallahassee, Florida, on July 24, 2018.

As heavy rain fell, traffic slowed on the interstate. Local news outlet WCTV reports that “a semi-truck with Top Auto Trucking Company tried to avoid a collision, but instead jackknifed and caused the domino effect of crashes” that ultimately involved 45 vehicles.

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