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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 wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who was shot and killed by a “high ranking police officer” before he shot and killed himself. According to the family of the woman, Nikki Bascom, the “tragic situation could have been avoided by law enforcement.” The lawsuit itself was filed against the “Silver City Police Department for negligence, claiming they ignored her calls for help.” Additionally, the lawsuit claims the “police and sheriff’s departments violated her civil rights by failing to help her.”
Trader Joe's is a popular grocery store taking the country by storm. However, that doesn't mean it's immune from the occasional recall hiccup every now and then. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a recall for “three salad products sold at Trader Joe's in California.” Why? Well, according to the recall notice, “the salads with either chicken or turkey may be contaminated with hard silica and glass fragments.”
For many people, a trip to Disneyland is a chance to create memories and enjoy the day with family and friends. The last thing anyone thinks about when visiting a theme park is contracting a debilitating illness. Unfortunately for several people who visited Disneyland in Anaheim, that's exactly what happened to them. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the theme park had to recently shut down “two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who had visited” the park in recent months.
Are you a NutriBullet fan? If so, this story may interest you. It turns out “at least 22 people are suing the makers of NutriBullet over claims that the product burst during use, leaving them with severe lacerations and burns.” According to multiple allegations, the “alleged victims claim the speed of the blade causes heat and pressure to build in the sealed vessel, which causes the container to burst from the rest of the machine.” Despite the reports, attorneys and representatives of NutriBullet claim there is nothing wrong with the product, and are blaming the consumers for failing to properly use the popular blender.
have you ever worked somewhere where you were expected to change your appearance entirely or were told you couldn't wear your makeup or hair a certain way? One woman was, and now she's firing back against her employees with a lawsuit. Destiny Tompkins, a 19-year-old African-American woman, was working in a Banana Republic store in the Westchester mall when she was told “her braids were too urban and unkempt.” In response, she's filed a lawsuit against the popular clothing store for “$1 million for racial discrimination.”
Do you remember when President Trump agreed to settle the lawsuit surrounding Trump University for $25 million? Well, the lawsuit “would have seen the former students receive 90 cents for every dollar that they spent,” which for many would equate out to a large sum of money. However, recent events have unfolded that might nix that settlement “if judges allow a woman who was part of the class action suit to pursue her own case against the billionaire over a real estate training program that folded in 2010.” But what happened? Why might the settlement be in jeopardy?
For parents, the fear of losing a child is one of their worst nightmares. Unfortunately for Peter and Martha Balderas of Amarillo, this nightmare became a reality when four of their children were “killed in an accidental poisoning” at their home back in January. As a result, the grieving parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against “the maker of a pesticide that caused the deaths and also against the person who provided the chemical.”
Do you or someone you know own a hoverboard? If so, then this recall notice is for you. Earlier this week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a massive recall for a variety of different types of hoverboards from seven different companies. Unsure what a hoverboard is? Well, simply put it's a “self-balancing scooter...a popular toy among kids and teenagers.” The recall itself was issued after the CPSC announced “evidence of a LayZ Board brand hoverboard involved in an October fire in Pennsylvania that destroyed one townhome and damaged four others.” It was the “second reported house fire involving a LayZ Board brand hoverboard,” according to the CPSC.
Jessica Alba's Honest Company is back in the legal spotlight. This time, instead of facing a lawsuit brought against it, the company has decided to sue the “makers of a baby doll for allegedly infringing on its brand name and floral pattern.” The lawsuit itself was filed against the “Delaware firm JAKKS Pacific of trying to make people think their line of Honestly Cute toddler toys and strollers are associated with them.” Additionally, according to the lawsuit, “a floral design used in their packaging is too similar to one the Honest Company has trademarked.”
When parent's drop their children off at his or her daycare in the morning, they do so with the expectation that their children will be well cared for during the day. The last thing any parent anticipates is learning that their child was abused or neglected in any way. Unfortunately, this was the reality for one Ballwin family when they found out their four-year-old daughter had been hog-tied with duct tape at Zion Lutheran Learning Center in Valley Park. As a result, the girl's parents filed a lawsuit against the learning center, “the Zion Lutheran Church, its board of directors and several day care employees.” Fortunately for the family, they “reached an out-of-court settlement” with the Lutheran daycare, and “filed a motion to dismiss their civil