Chicken Consumers May Be Eligible for a $181 Million Settlement

A class action called “Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation” is pending in the United States District Court and that could mean money for you if you have bought chicken in the past 11+ years.

Plaintiffs, on behalf of chicken consumers, allege that chicken processors in the United States and their co-conspirators conspired to restrict the supply of, and fix, raise, and stabilize the price of chicken, as of January 1, 2009, in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws.

Both sides reached a settlement of $181 million in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Before any money is paid, however, the Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlements.

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A California Apartment Complex Settles a Lawsuit Over Living Conditions for $4 Million

Attorneys representing former residents of the Grand View Apartments in Paso Robles say they’ve reached a $4 million settlement after filing a lawsuit over the living conditions at the complex.

The 54-unit complex on Spring Street was infested with roaches and bedbugs and tenants said their complaints about water leaks, flooding, broken windows, sewage backups, malfunctioning appliances, and a lack of functioning smoke detectors, among other issues, were not properly addressed.

In 2019, the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (SLOLAF) and attorney Allen Hutkin of the Hutkin Law Firm filed a class-action lawsuit against the apartment complex owners on the renters’ behalf.

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The Ohio AG Announces an $808 Million Opioid Settlement

The three largest opioid distributors, Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen, have signed a $808 million settlement with Ohio, putting the state at the front of the line to receive monetary relief for communities impacted by addiction and the opioid crisis.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost made the announcement Thursday and called it a “historic day for Ohio.”

“With this resolution, we have some important controls and monitoring provisions in place to help protect Ohioans and its communities from the reckless distribution and over-prescriptions that we have seen in previous years,” Yost said in a release.

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Kansas Agrees to a $1.4 Million Voter Registration Settlement With ACLU

A federal judge has ordered Kansas to pay more than $1.4 million in attorney fees and expenses after the courts struck down a state law pushed by former Secretary of State Kris Kobach that required people to prove their citizenship to register to vote.

The agreement caps off a five-year legal battle over a law championed by Kobach that required Kansas residents to show either their birth certificate or passport when registering to vote. A federal judge ruled against the law in 2018 and the Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuits argued that the law’s proof-of-citizenship requirement led to thousands of eligible voters being barred from participating in elections, because they lacked the proper documentation. 

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A Man Who Was Paralyzed During a Shooting Simulation Settles for $5.5 Million

Cody Saylor aimed his gun across the garage at the man who entered. It was supposed to be a simulation. Saylor played the aggressor, and Darin McMahon, his target.

Saylor peered through the window of a car between them, and then shot — bang. It was louder than it should have been, louder than the simulation gunfire they’d exchanged all weekend long. McMahon fell immediately.

“What was that?” someone yelled.

By the time police arrived, McMahon was no longer breathing. He lay unresponsive on the ground of the garage with a gunshot wound to the neck, the bullet from Saylor’s Glock lodged in his spinal cord. 

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Kraft Foods Settles With the SEC Over Misstatements in Their Financial Reports for $62 Million

Recently, the SEC announced a settlement with Kraft Foods for $62 million and with two Kraft executives for financial reporting misstatements.  Along with the corporate settlement with Kraft, the SEC announced proposed settlements with Kraft’s former COO Eduardo Pelleissone and its former Procurement Officer Klaus Hoffman for their roles in the reporting fraud.

During the period of 2015 to 2018, Kraft committed various accounting misconduct, including recognizing unearned discounts from suppliers and maintaining false and misleading supplier contracts, in an attempt to improperly reduce cost of goods sols though claimed “cost-savings.” As a result, Kraft reported inflated adjusted EBITDA based on these false cost savings.  After conducting a thorough investigation and re-audit, Kraft restated its financial statements, correcting a total of $208 million in improperly recognized costs savings connected to almost 300 transactions.

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Chicago Settles a Lawsuit With Two Men Who Claim They Were Framed by a Detective for $20.5 Million

City attorneys are asking the City Council to approve a $20.5 million settlement for two men who spent 23 years in prison, after prosecutors agreed to dismiss all charges against them, amid claims they were framed by a disgraced former Chicago Police detective.

The proposed settlement with Jose Montanez and Armando Serrano is on the agenda for the Finance Committee on Monday.

The two were convicted in the 1993 murder of Rodrigo Vargas, whose body was found in a van parked near a Chicago elementary school, but were later released after the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the convictions, finding “profoundly alarming acts of misconduct” in the Vargas murder probe, and Cook County prosecutors later asked a judge to dismiss the case altogether.


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Kansas Agrees to Pay the ACLU $1.9 Million to Settle a Lawsuit Over Baseless Voter Fraud Claims

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay the American Civil Liberties Union and other attorneys $1.9 million in fees and expenses for a five-year legal battle over an unconstitutional restriction on voter registrations.

The high-profile lawsuit was filed 2016 in response to former Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s signature law, which required residents to prove their citizenship before registering to vote. The law blocked more than 35,000 eligible voters from participating in elections.

U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson held Kobach in contempt of court following his embarrassing performance in a 2018 trial. The judge determined there was no evidence to support Kobach’s claims of widespread voter fraud and ruled the law unconstitutional.

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SDG&E Settles a Dispute Over a Botched Lightbulb Program for $51.6 Million

San Diego Gas & Electric has finalized an agreement regarding a botched lightbulb project that will see the utility refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a deal SDG&E reached 10 months ago with two consumer groups, The Utility Reform Network, known as TURN, and the Public Advocates Office, an independent arm of the utilities commission.

“We do think this sends a clear signal to all utilities that at least this commission is going to be very vigorous in making sure that ratepayer funds are accounted for,” said Mark Toney, TURN’s executive director.

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Troy, NY Approves a $1.55 Million Settlement for the Family of a Man Killed by Police

City council members unanimously approved a $1.55 million settlement with the widow of an unarmed man fatally shot by a patrol sergeant in 2016 during a meeting Thursday night with no discussion. 

But it remains unclear if the city will release a still-secret report that disputes key findings in an internal affairs investigation that found Sgt. Randall French lied about his actions and what unfolded prior to his fatal shooting of a DWI suspect.

“Further document disclosure must await final approval by the City Council and completion of the settlement by the court,” said John Salka, a spokesman for the city. 

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