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  February 12, 2016

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College Student Alleges Sexual Relationship with Priest in Lawsuit
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A student from Central Michigan University has filed a lawsuit alleging that she had a sexual relationship with a priest who used to serve the school. The lawsuit, filed last month, in Isabella County Circuit Court alleges that the plaintiff was told by the now former-priest to keep their sexual relationship a secret. The priest had served as parochial administrator for St. Mary University Parish in Mount Pleasant until July, when he was placed on administrative leave and then removed from his position. The lawsuit names as defendants the priest, the Diocese of Saginaw, St. Mary University Parish, and a Diocese employee.
Andy Hoag, MLive 02/11/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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61-Year-Old Woman Files Excessive Force Lawsuit in Tennessee
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A 61-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Hamilton County alleging excessive force. The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court, alleges that the plaintiff was hit with a Taser gun by a sheriff's deputy after she refused to take off her earrings. The woman was being booked into the Hamilton County Jail in March 2015 and was compliant with one police officer and five sheriff's deputies. She followed orders until she was told to take off her earrings, at which point a deputy took out his Taser gun and stunned her. The excessive force lawsuit filed by the woman seeks $1.75 million in damages.
Zach Peterson, Chattanooga Times Free Press 02/11/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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"Wrongful Birth" Lawsuit Denied by Montana Jury
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A judge has denied a wrongful birth lawsuit filed by the mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis. The woman from Gardiner, Montana filed the lawsuit seeking monetary compensation for her child born with cystic fibrosis. After a two-hour deliberation, a Gallatin County jury ruled that the Livingston HealthCare nurse and a Bozeman OBGYN did not violate their standard of care with the plaintiff. The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff's chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which can detect abnormalities in fetuses, came back normal, despite the fact that the child was born with cystic fibrosis. According to the lawsuit, if the plaintiff and her husband had known of the cystic fibrosis, they would have terminated the pregnancy.
Whitney Bermes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle 02/11/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Propane Gas Recalled Due to Lack of Odorant to Detect Leaks
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Crescent Point Energy has issued a recall on its Propane (LP) Gas due to a fire and burn hazard. "The recalled propane does not have sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers of a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards," the recall states. There are about 118,000,000 gallons of the propane sold in the United States alone, with more also sold in Canada. The propane was delivered by various companies and sold by retailers between April 2009 and October 2015. No injuries have been reported in connection with the recall.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 02/12/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Parents File Suit Against Nanny Over Baby's Death
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A nanny from Massachusetts is facing a lawsuit filed by the parents of a child who died in her care. The defendant was caring for the 1-year-old girl when she suffered sudden catastrophic brain swelling and bleeding and died in 2013. The parents of the child filed suit on Thursday, five months after prosecutors dropped murder charges against the nanny. The lawsuit, filed in Middlesex County Superior Court, alleges that the infant died because of the "negligent, malicious, willful, wonton, reckless and/or grossly negligent acts" acts of the nanny. The nanny has subsequently returned to her native country of Ireland.
Patricia Wen, Boston Globe 02/11/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Illinois Plant Explosion Death Subject of Wife's Lawsuit
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The death of an Illinois man in an explosion at the Springfield Metro Sanitary District's Sugar Creek plant is the subject of a recent lawsuit. The man's wife filed the lawsuit against two contracting firms, an engineering firm and a manufacturer, after the fatal incident. The plaintiff's husband died of injuries from the explosion that took place at the plant on October 20. The lawsuit names as defendants Williams Brothers Construction Co. and Tobin Brothers Inc., engineering firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. of Springfield and Plug-It Products, a California-based manufacturer.
Staff Report, personalinjury.com 02/12/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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