Officials in Scott County, MS, settled a lawsuit Wednesday after being accused of jailing impoverished Mississippians for up to a year without legal representation or formal indictments. The American Civil Liberties Union announced the settlement earlier in the week, after having spent two years representing former inmates Josh Bassett and Octavious Burks. Both men had
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An Uber passenger who claims to have been raped by a driver is filing a lawsuit against the company, saying it ignored warnings their employee could pose a danger to customers. The plaintiff, identified only as ‘Jane Doe’ by the media, says an Uber driver named Yahkhahnahn Ammi sexually assaulted her in January of 2017.
On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency formally moved to initiate a repeal on the Obama-era regulation of small waterways. The proposal, which has long been touted by Trump administration officials, would diminish the jurisdiction of the federal government. The EPA would be bound by a guidance document written in 2008, which determines which waterways might
Cautious lawmakers and safety advocates are urging Congress to approach the issue of driverless cars with a healthy degree of skepticism. The watchdogs are asking that lawmakers thoroughly inspect and certify the safety of driverless vehicles before automakers can begin increasing live road tests. They also suggested that Congress should cut down on the number
A coalition of hospitals and medical lobbying groups spent over a million dollars on advertisements decrying Republican attempts to do away with the Affordable Care Act. The organization behind the campaign, The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, represents the interests of the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the Association of American
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on legislation to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The setback is the latest blow for congressional Republicans, who have struggled to draft a viable replacement for Obamacare. Initial efforts in the House stalled in the early days of President Trump’s presidency, as
Supreme Court To Hear Arguments on Whether Businesses Can Force Hires into Waiving Their Right to SueJune 28, 2017
A case being briefed before the Supreme Court will challenge the legality of a common practice by employers – forcing potential hires to sign contracts waiving their right to sue. The LA Times recently ran an editorial covering the ramifications of the case, brought against Murphy Oil USA by four former employees. At the time
St. Louis Settles for $500k with Relatives of Woman Killed After 911 Dispatcher Sent Officers to the Wrong AddressJune 28, 2017
St. Louis paid out $500,000 to settle a lawsuit brought forward by the grandmother of a woman who was killed after a 911 dispatcher sent officers to the wrong address. The tragedy occurred nearly three years ago, in July of 2014. Jessica Thompson called 911 following a frightening encounter with her ex-boyfriend, Adrian Houston. Houston
The Trump administration is purportedly irking senior staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency with its appointment of Nancy Beck, a former industrial lobbyist, to a top position. Although the government recently released a list of some of the most important chemical-safety rules in decades, the changes were purportedly made under the supervision of EPA Deputy
The Trump administration scored a partial victory Monday, with the Supreme Court agreeing to implement part of the president’s controversial travel ban. In its unsigned opinion, the justices lifted an injunction on part of the order, while committing to resolve the rest in autumn. Under the new Supreme Court dictate, the United States will be