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  March 1, 2021


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Robinhood Facing Close to 50 Lawsuits Over GameStop Surge
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Brokerage app Robinhood has been hit with close to 50 lawsuits over last month's GameStop frenzy. The company had restricted trading last month in stocks including GameStop and other so-called "meme stocks" after a trading surge temporarily sent the shares soaring. The decision to halt the trading of the shares has prompted a number of information requests from federal prosecutors, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a number of others. According to Robinhood, it is facing at least "46 putative class actions and three individual actions."
Matthew Goldstein, The New York Times 02/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Walmart Faces Class Claims Over Lost Wages During Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
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On February 23, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Eastern District of California Fresno Division, against retail giant Walmart Inc. alleging that the defendant implemented an illegal policy requiring its non-exempt workers to undergo COVID-19 screenings prior to each shift without pay. In the complaint, named plaintiffs Amado Haro and Rochelle Ortega describe how at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart implemented a company-wide policy requiring each of its hourly, non-exempt employees to undergo a physical and medical examination to check for COVID-19 symptoms before clocking into work and beginning their shift.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 03/01/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Michigan Man's Excessive Force Lawsuit
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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by a man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who alleged police used excessive force against him in 2014. The lawsuit alleged that police violated the constitutional rights of the plaintiff, who was 21 at the time, when they mistook him for a home invasion suspect and injured him during an arrest. While the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the claims, the case is headed back to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will decide whether governmental immunity applies in the case.
John Tunison, MLive 02/25/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Using ZIP Code for Entry Into Elite Schools is Discriminatory, Alleges Lawsuit
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A lawsuit has been filed seeking to block Boston Public Schools from using applicants' ZIP codes to determine their admission into three prestigious exam schools. The lawsuit was filed on Friday against the School Committee and the superintendent and seeks to block these schools from using the applicants' neighborhood of residence as criteria for admission. Filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, the lawsuit alleges the plan is racially discriminatory and unconstitutional.
Jeremy C. Fox, Boston Globe 02/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Lawsuit: Bloomsburg Fraternity, Sorority Coerced Student to Abuse Alcohol Before His Death
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, by the mother of a Bloomsburg University student who died in a fall after consuming an excessive amount of alcohol at a fraternity party in 2019. The lawsuit alleges members of the fraternity and sorority that hosted the party "negligently and/or recklessly coerced, encouraged or otherwise caused" the plaintiff's son and other pledges "to consume life-threatening amounts of alcohol." The plaintiff's son was found the day after the party having fallen down a 75-foot embankment. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Kappa Sigma fraternity, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, and 36 of their members.
Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer 02/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$120K Awarded to Family of Nebraska Woman Who Died After Waiting for Ambulance
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Douglas County, Nebraska, will pay $120,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died while waiting for responders to locate her home during a medical emergency. The 54-year-old woman died on May 17, 2017, after suffering an asthma attack and waiting for nearly an hour for responders to arrive. The lawsuit accused 911 personnel of failing to take the woman's call seriously and of negligence in failing to locate her home in time to save her life after she mistakenly gave them her work address.
Staff Report, Insurance Journal 02/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$6M Lawsuit Over Trucker's Fatal Fall From Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel Dismissed
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A $6 million lawsuit over the death of a trucker whose rig fell over the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed by the trucker's widow and alleged that he should not have been allowed to drive the truck across the bridge with winds blowing up to 50 mph. The trucker died after the 18-wheeler fell into the water on Feb. 9, 2017. Judge Leslie Lilley dismissed the lawsuit, stating the CBBT is protected by sovereign immunity.
Joanne Kimberlin, Virginian Pilot 02/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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