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  April 17, 2015

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Ohio Voting Hours Lawsuit Settled
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A lawsuit challenging federal voting laws has been settled in the state of Ohio. With the settlement, the state will uphold the shorter voting hours, but will reopen weekend voting hours. The NAACP of Ohio and the League of Women Voters of Ohio filed the lawsuit alleging that shorter evening voting hours and the limited weekend voting hours "disproportionately affected lower-income and black voters."
Jim Siegel, Columbus Dispatch 04/17/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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N.J. Judge Rejects Lawsuit Challenging Paid Sick Leave
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A judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the city of Trenton's law which involved mandatory paid sick leave. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson rejected the lawsuit on Thursday stating that the city had the right to protect the health of its citizens. The lawsuit was filed by local business owners that sought to have the law voided. Jacobson listened to hours of arguments before she ruled that the complaint, which was filed in March, had no merit.
Jenna Pizzi, NJ.com 04/16/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Jameis Winston's Sexual Assault Accuser Names Him in Civil Suit
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The woman who publicly accused Florida State football player Jameis Winston of sexual assault has filed a defamation lawsuit against the player. According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Florida, Winston intentionally inflicted emotional distress during the 2012 incident. The lawsuit further accuses the defendant of assault and false imprisonment and seeks damages in excess of $15,000. The plaintiff has also filed a lawsuit against Florida State University.
Sarah Larimer, The Washington Post 04/17/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Plaintiff in Ind. Police Threat Lawsuit Files Response
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New information has been discovered in a lawsuit filed by an Indiana resident who claims he was harassed and threatened by police officers. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received death threats and harassment after he spoke with the fiance of one of the officers at a restaurant in Lafayette. Earlier this year, attorneys for the officers and the city of Lafayette requested the dismissal of the lawsuit. Last week, the plaintiff's attorneys filed a response in court which provided more details about the incident, which includes admissions by three officers that they harassed and threatened the plaintiff.
Mikel Livingston, Indianapolis Star 04/17/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Dixie State Basketball Players File Discrimination Suit Against Coach
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Two players for the Dixie State University basketball team have filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on behalf of their coach and her father. According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the basketball coach and her father violated Dixie and NCAA rules. The lawsuit alleges that players were repeatedly questioned about their sexual orientation, forced to attend religious functions and denied water during strenuous exercises and drills. During the 2013-2014 season, nine players were kicked off the team or quit.
Tom Harvey, The Salt Lake Tribune 04/16/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Parents of Girl Shot by Deputy File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
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A civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a girl who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy as she was leaving a party in Boone County, Ohio. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in federal court in Covington by the girl's parents and names the deputy, Boone County and Boone County sheriff as defendants. According to the lawsuit, the 19-year-old girl was leaving a field party in her car when the deputy jumped onto the hood of the vehicle. After the girl began to stop the car at the request of the deputy, she was shot by him without warning, the lawsuit alleges. The girl had three passengers in her car at the time of her death.
Terry DeMio and Patrick Brennan, The Cincinnati Enquirer 04/16/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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