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Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith
Brianna Smith is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Brianna has a passion for politics, social issues, education, science, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the simple life with her husband, daughter, and son.
A tragedy occurred at the federally funded Jessie Trice Community Health Center when baby Earl Reese-Thornton was born with a severe brain injury after Dr. Atogho failed to offer and perform a C-section and “continued the administration of the contraindicated delivery drug Pitocin.” Fortunately, the law firm, Mallard & Sharp, P.A., that represented the heartbroken parents, won a “$33.8 million verdict on behalf of a brain damaged baby,” and the Court found that “Dr. Atogho’s failure to offer and perform a C-section was gross negligence and caused the brain injury that resulted in baby Earl Reese-Thornton requiring 24-hour care for the remainder of his life.”
Another instance of discrimination has resulted in a lawsuit, one that, fortunately, appears close to being resolved. Back in 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections “over a discriminatory hiring practices lawsuit.” Now Rhode Island state officials are proposing a settlement.
A warning to Florida soup lover’s: Campbell’s Soup recently issued a recall of their popular chicken soup throughout the state. In total, about 4,185 pounds of the company’s 18.6-ounce cans labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” have been recalled.
Yet another lawsuit has been filed over allegations of age discrimination. This time the lawsuit was filed against the popular oatmeal and cereal company, Quaker Oats, by a former employee, Calvin M. Brown. But what sort of age discrimination did Mr. Brown experience? How long had he been working at Quaker Oats before the alleged discrimination?
The racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News is growing. It started when two African American women spoke out against the discrimination at the network, and now, just last week, seven other African American Fox News employees intend to join in on the lawsuit, according to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman. But what happened to warrant such a lawsuit?
Salmonella is back in the news, this time resulting in a voluntary recall of some Frito-Lay chip varieties. Why the recall? Well, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that there is a “potential presence of salmonella in the seasoning,” and though there have been no reported illnesses in relation to the recall as of yet, it’s best for consumers to err on the side of caution.
Two years have passed since 16-year-old Naomi Larsen was “fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach” while “crossing Vista Del Mar with her friends,” but now her family has been granted some closure. Just last Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the teenager’s parents, Stacey Larsen and Steven Potovsky, who “argued that the death of their daughter was a “foreseeable tragedy” because the city had failed to ensure safe ways for pedestrians to cross from the beach to their parked vehicles on the street.” According to the lawsuit, the highway was “hazardous to pedestrians, but the city did nothing to fix the problem.”
A settlement has been reached between the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, two other Monroe County nonprofits, and a 17-year-old girl who was sold into sex trafficking after the agencies failed to protect her, according to the lawsuit. Additionally, Our Kids of Miami/Monroe and Wesley House Family Services was also “named in the suit” that was filed by the girl back in March of 2016 in U.S. District Court in Miami.
At long last, a settlement has been reached between Dartmouth College and the family of Richard and Debbie Higgins who claim, according to a lawsuit, that they “suffered health problems from drinking well water contaminated by runoff from a site where the college once dumped animals used in scientific experiments.” According to a statement issued by the college, Dartmouth and the family “have reached a negotiated settlement of all claims related to contamination of the drinking water well at 9 Rennie Road.” The settlement, according to the college, will allow the Higgins family to “move on with their lives in a new location.”
A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago against Bose, a high-end headphone company, on claims that it “has been tracking and distributing customers' data without telling them.” According to the lawsuit, the Bose Connect app has been connecting user’s “listening history with third-party data mining companies.”