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Wisconsin Ship Yard Faces Lawsuit Over Employee's Lead Exposure
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A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday over the toxic exposure of a man to lead at Fraser Shipyards. The lawsuit was filed against the Superior-based Fraser Shipyards and alleges that the plaintiff was exposed to lead while performing work on the lake freighter Herbert C. Jackson at Fraser earlier this year. The complaint is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 for the 48-year-old man's exposure to the toxic material.
Brady Slater, TwinCities.com 05/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Startup Accused of Misleading Consumers With Blood Test Kits
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Theranos, a startup in California offering easy and inexpensive blood tests, is facing a lawsuit in Arizona alleging that it misled consumers. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, contends that the company misled consumers about its finger-prick blood draws. The complaint alleges that Theranos marketed the tests as highly accurate but they produced results which were later voided or corrected. The plaintiff in the lawsuit is an Arizona resident who purchased one of the blood tests at a Walgreens.
Ken Alltucker, Arizona Republic 05/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Ex-Tenn. Police Officer Accuses Dept. of Rampant Sexual Misconduct
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A lawsuit filed in Rutherford County Chancery Court in Tennessee by a former police officer alleges that the La Vergne Police Department promotes "lewd and sexual misconduct." The officer alleges that the he was forced out of his job after complaining about the sexual and criminal activities of his fellow officers. The lawsuit, filed on April 28, alleges the police department fostered a "hostile work environment" in which sexual misconduct by police officers and other officials was rampant.
Brian Wilson, The Daily News Online 05/26/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Idaho High School Faces $10M Lawsuit Over Rape of Black Student
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The family of a black, mentally disabled Idaho boy who was raped by some of his football teammates has filed a lawsuit. The boy was adopted when he was four by white parents who live in a very rural area that is mostly comprised of white residents. The $10 million complaint was filed against Dietrich High School over the incident which took place in Oct. 2015. According to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Idaho, the student was raped by three of his white teammates after football practice. The lawsuit further alleges he "was taunted and called racist names by other members of the team which names included ‘Kool-Aid’ ‘chicken eater’ ‘watermelon’ and [the N-word]."
Michael E. Miller, The Idaho Statesman 05/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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FDA Sued Over Lack of Regulation of Gulf Coast Oysters
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A group of people has filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking tighter regulations on oysters harvested in the Gulf Coast. The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed the lawsuit alleging that federal regulations should be put in place to protect consumers from a potentially deadly bacterium that can be present in oysters. The FDA has been accused in the lawsuit of "dragging its feet" on a four-year-old petition to regulate Gulf Coast shellfish sold for raw consumption. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday.
Lawrence Specker, AL.com 05/26/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit: Illinois Woman Poisoned Husband with Smoothie
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An Illinois woman has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit after poisoning her husband with a "drug-laced smoothie." The 53-year-old woman has been sued by her deceased husband's estate alleging that she "gave her husband the smoothie without disclosing that the smoothie contained the sedative." The man, who had been married to his wife for 31 years, drank the smoothie and died, the lawsuit contends. The woman has been charged with her husband's murder and has pleaded not guilty. She is being held in Kane County Jail without bail.
Dan Campana, Chicago Tribune 05/26/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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