Mississippi inmates will now have access to more books than ever. The Idaho Statesman reports that Big House Books recently dropped a suit against the state. The non-profit organization had accused the Mississippi Department of Corrections of limiting inmates’ access to free reading material. In an effort to end the litigation, Mississippi rewrote its policy
Verdicts & Settlements
Former Lincolnwood Firefighter and Paramedic Services of Illinois Agree to Confidential Settlement, Ending Dispute
A firefighter in Lincolnwood filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Paramedic Services of Illinois (PSI), “a private company contracted by the village for firefighting services.” In the suit, the firefighter, Josh Weller, alleged “abusive behavior by PSI employees.” Recently, the suit was dismissed after the “two sides reached a confidential settlement,” according to attorney Brian Holman. Holman represented PSI during the legal proceedings.
Former City Council Aide Awarded Settlement in Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit
Cato Settled EEOC Investigation for $3.5 Million Payable to Employees
Kansas has agreed to pay more than $1 million to Richard Anthony Jones, who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Jones’ lawsuit, recounts the Kansas City Star, eventually became known as the doppelganger case. Both Jones and the man who may have committed the crime share an unusually similar appearance.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by survivors of February’s Parkland school shooting, saying neither the school district nor the local sheriff’s office had a constitutional duty to protect students from being massacred. The decision, writes the New York Times, ends a suit filed by 15 students who claim to have been traumatized by
A lawsuit filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office was recently settled against F&R Auto Sales and Francis Correiro. According to the suit, the auto dealership and Correiro “sold unsafe and defective vehicles between August 2012 and December 2016 when the business closed.” It also alleged that, in doing so, both parties violated “Massachusetts laws relating to used auto sales.” As a result of the settlement, the defendants will have to pay “$450,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve” the allegations.
A college student in Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against his school, arguing that it limited his “ right to free speech after it prevented him from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution.” Fortunately for the student, Kevin Shaw, a court sided with him earlier last week when the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) agreed to settle the suit.
Summerfield Baldridge and Northwest Montana United Way recently agreed to settle a lawsuit the Whitefish man filed earlier this year against the United Way and Westside CCC Inc., “the corporation that holds the asset of a former mall property.” Baldridge provided the loan collateral that Northwest Montana United Way needed to “complete the $2.3 million purchase of Gateway Community Center in 2015.”
There is never an excuse for bullying, especially in schools. Unfortunately, it happens and can often have a long-term effect of a person’s self-confidence and overall emotional health. One family with a student in Waukee Community School District even recently filed a lawsuit over the bullying their daughter endured at school. The student, Berkley Maschka, attended Waukee schools last year. According to the lawsuit, school administrators allegedly “failed to protect Berkley from ongoing bullying — and then assaulted the third-grader when she refused to go to her classroom.” As a result of the lawsuit, the family was recently awarded a “$150,000 settlement from the district.”