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Class Action

 
Class Claims Filed Against Volkswagen over Prank Name Change
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On April 30, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Central District of California by a group of investors against Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and two of the company’s executives, CEO Scott Keogh and Volkswagen head of communications, Mark Gillies, concerning the automaker’s poorly planned April Fools prank in which it announced its intention to change its name to "Voltswagen."
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 05/07/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Former Ohio County Administrator Alleges She Was Sexually Harassed
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The former administrator's secretary for Lowndes County, Ohio, has filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed by a county employee. According to the plaintiff, District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders sexually physically and verbally harassed her over a period of years. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen and names Sanders and Lowndes County as defendants.
Zach Plair, Columbus Dispatch 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$20M Racial Discrimination Case Against University of Iowa Will Proceed
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A federal court has declined to dismiss a $20 million lawsuit against the University of Iowa alleging racial discrimination. The lawsuit was filed by eight Black former football players who allege they were retaliated against for complaining about the harassment by staff in the Iowa football program. On Thursday, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled that the lawsuit will proceed. Plaintiffs will have the opportunity to argue that the program was "a racially hostile environment."
Matthew Bain, DesMoines Register 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Former Athlete Says California Schools Ignored Coach's Abuse
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A former student-athlete from California has filed a lawsuit against Los Gatos and Archbishop Mitty high schools alleging her warnings about a coach, who is now being prosecuted for sexual abuse, were ignored. According to the lawsuit, the coach continued to abuse the plaintiff even after she told her head track coach about the abuse. The 46-year-old coach is currently being prosecuted in Santa Clara County on multiple sexual assault counts involving three women who were student-athletes.
Robert Salonga, San Jose Mercury News 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Kidde Recalls Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Defect
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A recall has been issued on Kidde TruSense Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms due to a failure to alert consumers of a fire. The devices were sold at Walmart, Home Depot, Menards, and other stores and electrical distributors nationwide, as well as multiple online stores. There have not been any incidents or injuries reported in connection to the recall.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Family of Man Killed by Michigan Police Claims Excessive Force
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The family of a man who was killed in a police shooting in Michigan has filed a lawsuit alleging officers used excessive force. The 22-year-old was shot and killed after police say he drove his vehicle toward an officer in September. His family filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against three Battle Creek Police officers and a Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy over the man's death.
John Tunison, MLive 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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DOJ Investigates Suicide Death of Incarcerated Tennessee Man
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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the suicide death of a Tennessee man who was incarcerated at South Central Correctional Center in Clifton. The 27-year-old died in August 2019 after he took his own life. The Justice Department is investigating claims that the man's suicidal threats went ignored prior to his death. His family is seeking access to the man's medical records that may have been falsified by CoreCivic employees. They are asking for the relevant documents to be shared with the Department of Justice.
Brinley Hineman, Tennessean 05/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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