Settlement Reached in “Free Cruise” Robocall Lawsuit

Between July 2009 and March 2014, many households across the country received calls from an unfamiliar number that turned out to be a pre-recorded message informing the homeowner that they qualified for a free cruise. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it was, and given the fact that many people received multiple calls from the unfamiliar number, a class-action lawsuit was filed to bring an end to the robocalls. Fortunately for members of the lawsuit, a settlement was announced earlier this week. But who was responsible for the phone calls? Who filed the lawsuit?



City of Baltimore Pays $98k to Settle Free Speech Lawsuit

The city of Baltimore is set to pay out $98,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit filed by a “former deputy who sued Sheriff John W. Anderson for firing him after he spoke out about a raid that resulted in him getting shot.” The payment will be issued by Baltimore’s Board of Estimates, “which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh.” The decision to settle was made when the former deputy, James Lane, agreed to drop the lawsuit if the payment was issued. It’s important to note that this latest payment is in addition to “a $160,000 settlement approved by the state’s Board of Public Works in January.”


New Details Emerge Regarding “Pink Slime” Lawsuit Settlement

ABC News and Beef Products Inc. finally reached a settlement over “an ABC News report about so-called pink slime, a once-common ingredient in ground beef.” The trial began earlier this month after Beef Products Inc claimed the news report “wreaked havoc on its business after it aired in 2012,” misleading viewers and causing “hundreds of layoffs.”


California Becomes First State to Sue Trump Administration Over Its Sanctuary City Policy

California became first state to sue the Trump administration over its sanctuary city policy, which aims to cut off funds from jurisdictions which don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. While the White House has threatened so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ since the president took office, a plan recently approved by the Justice Department could see many municipalities



ACLU Sues Trump Administration for Detaining, Deporting Teenagers on Bogus ‘Gang Affiliation’ Charges

The American Civil Liberties Union launched a class action lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that immigration officials are rounding up, detaining, and deporting teenagers on bogus ‘gang affiliation’ charges. Working in conjunction with a coalition of lawyers from California, the litigation charges U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the


Harvest Hill Farm Agrees to Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Deadly Hayride Accident

A settlement has been reached between the family of Cassidy Charette and the owner of Harvest Hill Farm in Mechanic Falls, bringing an end to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family. The lawsuit itself was filed after 17-year-old Cassidy Charette “died in a hayride crash” on October 11, 2014. The tragic accident happened when the wagon on the hayride attraction “went out of control after a brake failure, killing the Oakland teenager and injuring more than 20 other people.” Additionally, investigations revealed that the 1979 Jeep used to haul the wagon also had many safety issues. So basically, the lawsuit was filed as a way to not only seek justice for their daughter’s death but to also hold the farm accountable for what happened.