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$1.5B Lawsuit Alleges Eversource Failed Customers During Isaias Storm
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A $1.5 billion class action lawsuit has been filed against Eversource over its response to Tropical Storm Isaias. The complaint was filed in Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut and alleges the company is guilty of negligence, recklessness, and a breach of contract. The lawsuit alleges Eversource did not trim trees prior to the storm or take effective measures to keep customers’ service on following the storm. At the peak of the storm's damage, at least 715,000 households were without power. The complaint was filed by two homeowners and one business owner.
Staff Report, NBC Connecticut (WVIT-HD) 08/13/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Battle Between Whole Foods and Employees Over Black Lives Matter Masks Continues
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Tensions continue to mount in the class action lawsuit between upmarket grocery chain Whole Foods Inc. ("Whole Foods") and a class of employees who allege that the store violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by refusing to allow employees to wear "Black Lives Matter" face masks while on duty. Plaintiffs filed a reply brief in support of their emergency motion for preliminary injunction on August 11, 2020, in swift response to the defendant’s August 5, 2020, memorandum in opposition of preliminary injunction.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 08/14/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
New Jersey Catholic School and Church Accused of Covering Up Coach's Abuse of Students
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New Jersey's Bergen County Catholic school and others are accused in a lawsuit of covering up the sexual abuse of two students in the 1980s. The lawsuit filed by the former students accuses a hockey coach of sexually abusing them when they were minors and the school and church of covering up the abuse. The two lawsuits were filed in Superior Court on Aug. 6 and name the high school, Archdiocese of Newark and New Jersey Catholic Conference as defendants.
Rodrigo Torrejon, NJ.com 08/13/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Family of Teen Killed in Manhole Accident Subpoenas Mayor of Jackson
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Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the death of a Mississippi teen driver who hit an unsecured manhole are seeking to subpoena Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The attorneys for the plaintiffs allege that because the mayor claimed he took a "hands-on" approach to the tragedy, he has knowledge worthy of further inquiry. The 18-year-old girl was killed when her car struck the manhole in 2018 while on her way to high school graduation practice. Last year, the family proposed a $500,000 settlement, which the city of Jackson rejected.
Jimmie E. Gates, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger 08/14/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Husband of Reporter Killed in Plane Crash Sues FAA
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The husband of a reporter from New Orleans who died in a plane crash last year has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for nearly $23 million. According to the lawsuit filed on Aug. 6, the FAA was negligent in failing to follow through on several regulations surrounding the Aerotek Pitts S-2B aircraft. The lawsuit states the stunt plane "had a lengthy and well-known history of substandard maintenance, mechanical problems and scant flight time."
Hannah Yasharoff, USA Today 08/13/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Aurora Meat Packing Plant Failed to Protect Employees from COVID-19, Alleges Lawsuit
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The family of an Illinois meat packing plant worker who died after contracting COVID-19 has filed a lawsuit against Aurora Packing Company. According to the lawsuit filed by the man's family, the plant failed "to warn its employees when it knew or should have known of a COVID-19 outbreak in its meat packing facility." Further, it "actively created a risk of harm" by failing to take steps to limit the virus’ spread. The man at the center of the lawsuit was a butcher at the plant for 35 years before his recent death.
Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune 08/14/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Woman Dies After Undergoing 8-Hour Cosmetic Surgery, Lawsuit Filed
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A lawsuit filed in Florida's Palm Beach County Circuit Court states a woman died after undergoing a multitude of cosmetic transformations during one giant surgery. The woman died after the surgery, which included a nose job, chin implant, facelift, necklift, breast reduction, and liposuction. The woman's family alleges a Delray Beach doctor and nurse are responsible for her death, as the huge operation should not have been attempted, especially when it was not performed at a hospital.
Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post 08/14/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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