Eight years after filing a class-action lawsuit against Hawaii's Department of Education, almost 500 former students have finally agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement. The lawsuit itself alleged the students “were illegally denied special education services.” Specifically, it argued that the “DOE violated the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, which requires that states provide free appropriate public education to all people with disabilities who are under age 22,” according to the lawsuit. The suit settled for $10.45 million.
After a 9-year-old Hawaiian girl starved to death while in the care of the state, her family has decided to sue the “state of Hawaii as well as her parents and grandmother for wrongful death.” According to the suit, a number of individuals, organizations, and government departments were negligent in the child's death, including the “Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, Child Welfare Services and the Department of Education.”
The University of Virginia Medical Center is at the center of a new lawsuit that was filed earlier this month. The suit itself was filed by a woman who claims the medical center violated her constitutional rights after she was “sedated by medical staff and forced to give blood and urine samples after a suicide attempt.”
For your Father's Day cookout this Sunday, you may want to skip the pre-cut melon. According to a recent recall issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), certain containers of pre-cut melon has “been linked to a Salmonella outbreak” that has already sickened more than 60 people throughout eight states.
Country star Martina McBride, her husband, John McBride, and their recording company Blackbird Studios recently came under in a lawsuit filed by a former employee. According to the former employee, Richard Hanson, the “defendants unlawfully terminated him in an act of retaliation after he reported alleged illegal activity about the company's internship program.” As a result, he is seeking $1 million in damages.
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