On Friday, an appeals court ruled in favor of President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender persons serving in the U.S. military. The ruling lifted a lower court injunction against the policy. Bloomberg.com reports that the contested plan, crafted by recently-departed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, was ‘less restrictive’ than the all-out ban first proposed by Trump.
Lawsuits & Litigation
A dispute between the family of a three-year-old girl and the city of Napa recently settled for $5 million. The lawsuit was filed by the family shortly after the death of Kayleigh Slusher, who tragically passed away in 2014 after she was tortured and killed in a Napa apartment.
A black NYPD officer who was beaten by law enforcement at a birthday party has settled with the city for $5 million. The longstanding lawsuit was initiated following a violent confrontation in 2010. Officer Larry Jackson says his wife had called police to report a gate-crasher, only for first-responders to beat, pummel and arrest the
A man in central Iowa recently underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer, only to discover that he never really had cancer in the first place. Unfortunately, the surgery he underwent left him with debilitating side effects, including incontinence and other serious issues.
Arizona Chief Prosecutor Urges High Court to Block Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Against Phoenix Business
Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, and his office are currently working hard to convince the State’s Supreme Court to “block Phoenix from enforcing its anti-discrimination ordinance against two women who refuse to craft wedding materials for same-sex nuptials.” In a legal brief submitted with the court, Brnovich claims that “Arizona and a handful of other states that have sided with him have compelling interests in protecting their citizens’ freedoms of speech and religion secured by the U.S. Constitution, as well as by their individual state constitutions.”
A lawsuit settlement was recently reached between the Cambridge Central School District and retired employees over “changes made to their prescription drug benefits.” According to the suit, which was filed back in January 2016 in the State Supreme Court of Washington County, there were a total of 24 retired workers included in the complaint. The retired workers filed the lawsuit after “the district’s health insurance provider, the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Health Consortium Trust, dropped the more expensive Empire Blue Cross Matrix Plan” and switched “active employees to a less expensive plan.”
AC Transit is at the center of a class-action lawsuit over allegations that it discriminated against pregnant and breastfeeding employees. The suit also alleges that women are often “laughed at when requesting accommodations for their pregnancies.” The lawsuit was officially filed in Alameda County Superior Court and argues the “public transit agency, which serves Alameda and Contra Costa counties, fails to meet the needs of pregnant or breastfeeding employees.”
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A faulty elevator repair job caused the equipment to malfunction and paralyzed an officer. Settlement reached.