Largest Bedbug Settlement in Maryland History – $100,000

In what turns out to be one of the largest – and grossest – settlements for bedbugs in a hotel in the state of Maryland, Stacey Belle just got $100K! She stayed one night at the Red Roof Inn at Prince George’s County. She awoke the next morning with itchy welts all over her hand and arms. Upon looking under her pillow, she discovered a swarm of visibly crawling bedbugs.


California Judge Rules for UFW in Battle against Gerawan Farming

Soble ruled that the ballots will not be counted, writing, “As a result of the employer’s unlawful support and assistance, I am setting aside the decertification election and dismissing the decertification petition.” Gerawan attorney Ron Barsamian admitted to the violation, however claiming that it was not the crux of the issue, saying “The payment to the decertification petitioners to go to Sacramento was from a source outside Gerawan and may be a technical violation, but it also fails to consider the fact that they were going anyway. The money didn’t make them decide.” The case became the lengthiest labor hearing ever in the state of California, involving over 100 witnesses and six months of testimony.


Settlement Reached in Police Shooting of Former MLB Player’s Son

Tolan’s mother Marian said about the resolution, “Though I still have my son, I’ve had to watch his dreams and part of his spirit die. We’ve given up so much as a family for a chance at justice, a chance at peace, a chance at being whole again. This has been a horrific experience.” While the attorney for the Tolan family Daryl Washington told reporters outside the courthouse, “As Mrs. Tolan has said and as Robbie has said on many occasions this is not about black versus white this is about right versus wrong,”


GM, Justice Department Tentatively Agree to Ignition-Switch Settlement

It is likely that General Motors got off easy both in comparison to Toyota and to future corporate federal prosecutions. Last week, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates announced major policy changes in the Justice Department for corporate investigations, focusing on prosecuting individuals who are responsible for wrongdoing instead of offering the deferred agreements and taking financial penalties in lieu of criminal charges. The change in policy discourages the probationary deferred prosecution agreements and requires companies to point out wrongdoing by specific employees to receive any kind of prosecutorial credit.GM as a company had been charged with felonies, according to the New York Times, sources familiar with the settlement say no individuals will be charged in the agreement.


AIG Sued Pudding Pop to Not Pay Claims

Bill Cosby is being sued again. This time, it’s by AIG his homeowner’s insurance carrier. The company does not want to pay to defend his date rape defamation suits. While the policies do cover defamation, AIG states that claims arising from “sexual, physical or mental abuse” are not covered.


Brad Pitt Has Wood, Sues for $500,000

Please note this is not the usual response my someday-husband has in such situations. However, this time the wood is bad and is causing many Katrina survivors in the Lower 9th Ward a lot of stress. See, Brad has a huge heart-on for the area and a charitable organization, Make It Right, dedicated to helping.



DuPont Faces First Trial Involving West Virginia Chemical Leak

Bartlett, a 59 year-old resident of Guysville in Athens County, Ohio was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1997. Among other charges, Bartlett accuses DuPont management of negligence for allowing the leak, fraud and concealment for failing to inform the public of the dangers, and trespass and battery for letting the pollutants enter her bloodstream. DuPont attorneys blame Barlett’s kidney cancer on other factors instead, including obesity.


DOJ, Appellate Court Debate “Lenient” Iran-Trading Settlement

Fokker had admitted to have violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act between 2005 and 2010 by trading aircraft parts and other components to Iran, Burma (now Myanmar), and the Sudan, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The division, Fokker Services, voluntarily admitted the violations during the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) four-year probe in the matter, agreeing to forfeit $10.5 million in proceeds and pay a $10.5 million penalty as part of an 18-month deferred prosecution agreement.


2nd Circuit Reinstates EEOC Gender Bias Suit vs. Parent Company of Jared, Kay Jewelers

The lawsuit’s reinstatement follows the April Supreme Court decision regarding Mach Mining v. EEOC, in which the Court ruled that judges could only review the details of the EEOC’s claims “on a limited basis.” The 2nd Circuit elaborated on April’s ruling, with Judge John Walker writing in the panel’s opinion that “Under Title VII, courts may review whether the EEOC conducted an investigation, but not the sufficiency of an investigation.” Judge Walker also explained the court’s rationale for such limitations, writing “Extensive judicial review of this sort would expend scarce resources and would delay and divert EEOC enforcement actions from … eliminating discrimination in the workplace.”