Years ago, a group of Native American farmers and ranchers filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “over claims that the USDA discriminated against them in farm loans and loan servicing from 1981 through 1999.” While the particular lawsuit was settled for $760 million, $380 has gone unclaimed. Now, after
Lawsuits & Litigation
Prostitutes Have Feelings, Too — And A Jury Recognizes This
A federal judge approved a $7.5 million class-action settlement against retail giant Wal-Mart, after finding that the company had violated gender discrimination laws by denying spousal benefits to same-sex couples. According to The Boston Globe, the suit was filed on behalf of a New Bedford, MA, woman by the advocacy group GLAD. The Globe notes
The family of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year old student at Penn State University who’d die after partaking in a hazing ritual, plans to file a lawsuit against both the school and the fraternity involved. Piazza was a freshman at Penn State when he rushed the Greek-letter organization Beta Theta Pi. As part of a hazing
The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow against consumer protections on Monday, ruling that a national collections agency wasn’t in the wrong for pursuing an expired debt. In a split 5-3 decision, the court sided with Midland Funding, which had repeatedly called an Alabama woman regarding $1,879 she’d owed for over a decade. The woman,
California policyholders might be receiving a refund from State Farm. Why? Well, it turns out the state’s Department of Insurance has deemed the insurance company’s rates excessive, which has prompted State Farm to issue $13.3 million in refunds to many of its California customers.
HIV-Positive Surgical Technician Gets More Time Behind Bars
A medical malpractice lawsuit has been settled between the McGuire VA Medical Center and an Army veteran for close to $1 million. The lawsuit itself was filed by Michael Holmes back in December after he suffered a stroke “as a result of a surgery that, as it turned out, he didn’t even need.” Since his stroke, Holmes wonders if he will ever regain use of his arm.