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Dockworkers' Families File Suit Over Unpaid Insurance Claims
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A lawsuit has been filed against a union health insurance plan for dockworkers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union by the spouses of two longshoremen and one doctor who allege millions of dollars in unpaid claims. The lawsuit was filed just after a labor dispute between shipping companies and dockworkers at West Coast ports reached a resolution. According to the lawsuit, which seeks class action status, millions of dollars in medical claims that were pre-approved by administrators, have not been paid by the insurance company. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation for the plaintiffs, as well as the removal of Zenith as the claims administrator.
Chris Kirkham, LA Times 03/05/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Austin Police Commander Joins Discrimination Lawsuit
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A commander with the Austin Police Department has joined a discrimination lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit was filed by a group of police officers who allege that officers were discriminated against based on their race in transferring to other units. The officers allege that African-American and Hispanic officers were transferred to the high crime unit, over other qualified officers. The commander who joined the lawsuit alleges that he faced retaliation after reporting the observed discrimination.
Tony Plohetski, KVUE-TV 03/04/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Sherrifs File Suit Challenging Marijuana Use in Colorado
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A group of sheriffs have filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of marijuana in the state of Colorado. The lawsuit alleges that the legality of marijuana in Colorado creates a "crisis of conscience" for law enforcement. According to the plaintiffs, the legislation forces officers to align with either the state Constitution, or the Constitution of the United States, which still prohibits the recreational use of marijuana. The lawsuit was filed by a group of officers from Colorado and neighboring states.
Trevor Hughes, USA Today 03/05/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Accuses Company of Overbilling Government for Building Ships
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Five former employees of Austal USA have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company overbilled the government for building ships for the military, as well as misrepresenting the rank and work hours of employees. According to the lawsuit, filed jointly by the five former employees, Austal USA violated the False Claims Act in its dealings with the federal government. Austal "knowingly presented and falsified data reflecting employee rank and work hours to the U.S. Navy in order to win and maintain lucrative contracts for the construction of marine vessels at its facility in the Port of Mobile," the lawsuit states. The lawsuit was filed in June of last year, but was sealed by a court order until March 2.
Michael Finch II, AL.com 03/04/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Woman Files Lawsuit Against School Over Sexual Abuse
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An Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually abused by her teacher when she was in high school, and that the school was aware of previous sexual abuse allegations surrounding the teacher. The lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court and names the Western Mennonite School and the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference as defendants. According to the lawsuit, the school knew about past allegations of sexual abuse and the "widespread concerns about [the teacher's] inappropriate interactions with students," but failed to act appropriately. The teacher pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sex abuse in March 2014 and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian 03/03/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Filed Over Death of Man in 4th of July Parade
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The widow of a Maine man who died at a Fourth of July parade two years ago after being hit by an antique firetruck has filed a lawsuit. The woman filed the suit against the city of Bangor, the Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club, which organized the parade, and the firefighter who was driving the truck at the time of the accident. The plaintiff's husband was thrown from his tractor when he was hit by the antique firetruck when its brakes failed, making it impossible to stop. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory damages including funeral expenses, emotional distress, loss of comfort, society and companionship and punitive damages.
Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News 03/05/2015   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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