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Colorado Tenants File Suit Over Rat Infestation at Apartment
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A group of tenants of an apartment complex in Denver, Colorado, have filed a class action lawsuit over a rat infestation. The twelve tenants accuse the management at Breakers Resort of turning a blind eye to a growing rat population on site. The complaint states that the plaintiffs reported the problem, but the management failed to take action until tenants mentioned the widespread damage to the electrical wiring of their cars. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that many of the plaintiffs are suffering from health issues related to the improper application of rat poison by the defendants.
Lance Hernandez, The Denver Channel 02/24/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Fed Up With Lack of Diversity, Coca-Cola Employee Files Class Claim
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On February 22, 2017, a disgruntled employee of The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England filed a proposed class suit against the company in Connecticut federal court, alleging discriminatory promotion practices, specifically at the management level. Named plaintiff, Carlos Aponte Jr., states in the complaint that he began working for the company in September 1996 and since that time had worked his way up the corporate ladder from warehouse worker to bulk account manager. However, Aponte argues that the account management position is the highest attainable by non-white employees due to Coca-Cola’s discriminatory practices.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 02/24/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Philadelphia Poultry Store Facing Lawsuit Over Unsanitary Conditions
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A lawsuit has been filed against a poultry store in Philadelphia that accuses the establishment of selling improperly labeled chicken. J & B Poultry Market and the company's president have been named in the lawsuit filed by the government. According to the complaint, the store sold the mislabeled chicken, which had been stored in unsanitary conditions. The government alleges in the lawsuit that the store violated the Poultry Products Inspection Act which prohibits companies and individuals from selling "misbranded" or "adulterated" poultry.
Faith Johnson, NBC 10 Philadelphia 02/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Judge Rules Against City Ban on Women Baring Breasts in Public
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A judge has ruled against the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, in a lawsuit challenging a ban on women baring their breasts in public. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson recently ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who sought to overturn the city's nudity ban. The lawsuit was filed in May of last year by Free the Nipple, a global equal rights organization, and two local women. In his ruling, Jackson stated that the Fort Collins city code, which includes the phrase, "Women are prohibited from..." is unconstitutional.
Joey Bunch, Colorado Springs Gazette 02/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Michigan School Districts and Parents File Suit Over Potential School Closures
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The state of Michigan is facing a lawsuit by Kalamazoo Public Schools, Saginaw Public Schools and 13 parents alleging that the state illegally threatened to close several schools. The lawsuit was filed on Feb. 22 in Michigan Court of Claims in an effort to prevent the closure of four schools. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Natasha Baker as state school reform officer, the School Reform Office, School Reform District, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the Michigan Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston. The case has been assigned to District IV Judge Stephen L. Borrello.
Malachi Barett, MLive 02/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Judge Allows Discrimination Lawsuit Over Denial of Jewish Center
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A federal judge will allow a lawsuit which alleges discrimination against a Jewish group to proceed. The lawsuit was filed by an Orthodox Jewish congregation from Howell Township, New Jersey, whose permit to build a religious education center was denied. According to the complaint, township council members revised land-use requirements in a bid to prevent the center from being built in 2015. The lawsuit alleged that the township's motive for denying the religious center was "religious hostility." In denying the motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Judge Freda Wolfson ruled that eight of the suit's 11 counts were "ripe."
Paul Milo, NJ.com 02/23/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Plane Crash Victims' Families File Suit Over New Year's Fatalities
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The families of two victims in a New Year's plane crash have filed a lawsuit in Iowa. The crash took place two months ago and resulted in the deaths of four people from Iowa. The families of a brother and sister who were killed in the crash filed suit alleging that the pilot of the plane was not qualified to be flying the plane in stormy weather and should not have taken flight. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Marion County District Court.
Staff Report, KCCI News Channel 8 02/22/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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