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  June 23, 2017


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Preliminary Approval Granted For $1.6M Neiman Marcus Data Breach Settlement
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On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, a judge granted preliminarily approval for the $1.6 million settlement reached by Neiman Marcus Group LLC and a class of consumers whose credit card data was exposed while shopping at the high-end department store back in 2013. Originally announced in March of this year, the deal seeks to compensate anyone who used a credit or debit card at any store under the Neiman Marcus umbrella, including Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp and Last Call, between July 16, 2013 and January 10, 2014.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 06/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Arizona Makes Death Penalty Changes, Settles Death Row Inmates' Lawsuit
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As part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit filed by seven Arizona death row inmates, the state will make major revisions to death penalty policies. A federal judge accepted the changes to the state's death penalty practices, which the 2014 lawsuit alleged were unethical. According to the lawsuit, the state's method of lethal injection was experimental, secretive and caused inmates prolonged suffering. U.S. District Judge Neil Wake in Phoenix signed an order on Thursday that authorized the deal between the state and the inmates. As part of the changes, the state will be eliminating paralytic drugs in lethal injections and giving witnesses more access to watch prisoners inside the death chamber.
Eric M. Johnson, Reuters 06/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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University of Maryland Employees Allege Racial Discrimination
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Two employees of the University of Maryland have filed a lawsuit alleging that they were discriminated against because of their race. The lawsuit was filed by two black facilities management workers on Monday in U.S. District Court. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the University System of Maryland and three facilities management officials. The $1.5 million lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs were subjected to a hostile work environment and were retaliated against when they complained about misconduct and emotional distress.
Talia Richman, Baltimore Sun 06/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Says YMCA Lifeguards Failed to Notice Man Underwater
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An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit against a YMCA facility where he nearly drowned. The plaintiff alleges that lifeguards at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles failed to notice that he was unconscious at the bottom of the pool. The 61-year-old man alleges that the lifeguards "should have known that he was in distress and underwater." The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court on June 8, states that the lifeguards "failed to observe [the plaintiff] underwater when he was in full view" for five minutes and "failed to provide immediate assistance." The plaintiff alleges that he suffered "serious brain injuries" during the incident in which he was eventually rescued by another swimmer.
Genevieve Bookwalter, Chicago Tribune 06/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Mother of Teenager Lost at Sea May File Suit After State Report
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A report released by Florida officials concerning two teenagers lost at sea may trigger a lawsuit. The mother of one of the boys who went missing after sailing from Jupiter Inlet in a 19-foot-boat in July 2015 is considering a lawsuit "fighting a court action she says would limit her ability to sue the other teen’s family." According to the state's findings, a storm on the Atlantic forced the teens' boat to sink and an "egregious lapse in judgment and failure to exercise due care" led them to sail in poor weather conditions. The two families of the deceased boys have been involved in a civil complaint attempting to determine negligence in the incident.
Bill DiPaolo, Palm Beach Post 06/19/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Illinois Hospital Named in Lawsuit Over Bird Attack
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A lawsuit filed in DuPage County, Illinois, alleges that a hospital is to blame for attacks by red-winged blackbirds. The plaintiff, a woman in her 60s, alleges that she suffered injury when she was walking outside Elmhurst Hospital in 2015 and was attacked by two birds. According to the lawsuit, the attack caused the plaintiff to fall and suffer unspecified, but serious injuries. The plaintiff, who seeks $50,000 plus legal costs, alleges that the hospital knew the birds in its landscaping were aggressive, but failed to warn visitors.
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune 06/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Potassium Phosphate and Succinylcholine Chloride Recalled by Advanced Pharma
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Advanced Pharma has issued a recall on specific lots of Potassium Phosphate and Succinylcholine Chloride due to a lack of sterility assurance. According to the lawsuit, microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process. The Advance Pharma products included in the recall were repackaged and/or compounded at the company's Houston, Texas, facility using certain Hospira products. This is a secondary recall that follows one for vials of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection last week.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 06/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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