A federal judge is considering the approval of a $208.7 million settlement between “student-athletes and the NCAA and major college sports conferences.” The catch is that the judge expects lawyers to do a “better job of letting athletes know about the settlement.” As it stands now, about $6,700 is expected to be awarded to former “Division I football and basketball players who received athletic scholarships at well below the cost of attending school.” Wait, what exactly happened to warrant such a settlement?
Lawsuits & Litigation
A vote is due next week on an interesting bill proposed by Representative Bob Goodlatte. The Virginia Republican is bringing back an idea he failed to push through Congress last year which would tighten the controls on class-action lawsuits. Detractors inside government and from without are deriding H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation
Chicago’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals entered a decision reversing a class action against glaucoma eye drops providers.
Stephen Gutierrez blames a defective e-cigarette battery for causing his clothing to catch fire while arguing an arson case.
Elizabeth Warren releases a report concerning safety issues and underpaid workers for companies on federal contracts.
Families take their children to playgrounds all the time. What they don’t count on happening is their children having an accident while playing. Unfortunately for one family, this is exactly what happened back in September of 2014 when a young girl was injured “when she fell on a metal spike at a Lawndale park playground” in Chicago. The accident resulted in the spike striking her forehead, opening a gash over her right eye. Though the accident happened a few years ago, the Chicago Park District board is considering a $100,000 settlement for the child.
A settlement has been reached between New York city and state officials and two men wrongly convicted of setting a fire back in 1980. The fatal fire itself took place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and tragically claimed the lives of a mother and her five children. So far the settlement is estimated at $31 million to settle claims that the two men were unjustly prosecuted.
The New York City Police Department has agreed to settle in a lawsuit which alleged the NYPD illegally targeted Muslims for surveillance. The litigation was originally filed in 2013 following numerous complaints that the Department was stalking Muslims and infiltrating mosques. Ever since September 11th, 2001, the police had been actively monitoring the greater Islamic