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Class Action

 
Students Seek Class Status in $5M Lawsuit Over Pandemic Restrictions at Rice University
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Rice University is facing lawsuit filed by students who say the school did not provide the expected college experience due to restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The plaintiffs say they paid over $24,000 in tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 semester, despite the fact that the university provided only online instruction and shut down many facilities and services. The suit seeks class action status and over $5 million in damages for Rice students.
Matt Dougherty, KHOU-TV 01/19/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Man Seriously Injured in Attempt to Stop Shoplifter at Grocery Store Files Suit
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A North Carolina man who lost a leg in a robbery has filed suit against the grocery store where the crime took place. The plaintiff was run over in the parking lot of Go Grocery Outlet in Asheville when he attempted to stop another person who had stolen meat. The plaintiff has filed suit against the store alleging it is responsible for his injury. The lawsuit, which was moved from Buncombe County Superior Court to federal court on Friday, seeks $850,000.
Hayley Fowler, News & Observer 01/20/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Blinded Man and Others Injured by Rochester Police Seek Department Reforms
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A lawsuit alleging excessive force is seeking reforms at the police department in Rochester, New York. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by three individuals who were injured by police in May 2018, including one man who was blinded. The man who lost his sight in the incident previously received a $750,000 payment from the city. He and the other two individuals filed a new lawsuit against the city alleging the officer who injured them was not disciplined immediately following the attack. The lawsuit seeks punitive and compensatory damages, in addition to a "federal monitor to oversee necessary reforms" at the police department.
Will Cleveland, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 01/16/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: Black MTA Attorney Hit by White Supervisor During Arbitration
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A lawsuit has been filed by a Black attorney from New York who was hit by a white supervisor. According to the plaintiff, who works at an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the transportation department failed to respond when she was attacked by her supervisor. The lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York alleges the plaintiff's supervisor subjected her to "aggressive and violent behavior" and struck her during an arbitration proceeding. The lawsuit includes allegations of race and gender discrimination, retaliation, and assault and battery.
Staff Report, NBCNewYork.com 01/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Missouri Appeals Court Reverses Dismissal of MU Discrimination Suit
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The Missouri Court of Appeals has reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the University of Missouri over alleged sex discrimination and retaliation of an employee. The lawsuit was filed in July 2019 by the former associate director of administration in the Department of Surgery at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Her discrimination lawsuit against the university was dismissed after she signed a severance contract with the Alfred Friendly Foundation, which she did not believe to be connected to her earlier employment with the university. The Missouri appeals court recently ruled that the Circuit Court of Boone County should not have dismissed the plaintiff's lawsuit against the university.
Alexandra Wells, Columbia Missourian 01/20/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
New Mexico Pays $1M to Mother Who Lost Children in Violent Attack
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A lawsuit over a violent attack in 2016 that left one woman critically wounded and her three children dead has ended in a $1 million settlement. The state of New Mexico agreed to settle the lawsuit filed by the mother whose ex-boyfriend attacked her and her children before killing himself. The woman filed suit against the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center alleging negligence in failing to prevent the violent incident. The case was scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 17.
Colleen Heild, Albuquerque Journal 01/16/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
How to Protect Your Law Firm's Cash Flow
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With quarantine wiping out profits, many law firms are struggling to plan for 2021. Fortunately, there is a proven strategy for successful firm-wide and individual cash flow management—structured attorney fees.
Settlement Consulting Team, Sage Settlement Consulting 01/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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