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June 22, 2011

11 Defendants Settle Lawsuits Arising From TX Bus Crash

Despite Setback, Plaintiffs to Pursue Wal-Mart Cases

KBR Trys to Discredit Claims by Female Contract Worker

Native American Class-Action Settlement Approved

Health Insurer Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

 

 

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11 Defendants Settle Lawsuits Arising From TX Bus Crash

11 of the companies and individuals sued by the families of victims in the 2008 Texas bus crash that killed 17 people on their way to a religious retreat have agreed to out-of-court settlements. The financial terms were not revealed. The settlements mean only 6 defendants remain in the complicated litigation.ve been consolidated in court. 55 members of Houston’s Vietnamese Catholic community were en route to an annual conclave in Missouri when the bus plunged over a highway bridge near Sherman, 60 miles north of Dallas, on Aug. 8, 2008.  Associated Press, The Washington Post  06/22/2011

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Despite Setback, Plaintiffs to Pursue Wal-Mart Cases

Wal-Mart has spent 10 years fighting claims that it discriminated against female employees, and by many accounts, it has improved its hiring and promotion policies for women during those years. Monday’s Supreme Court victory for Wal-Mart may not mean the end to litigation over discrimination claims, however. Even though the company says it has substantially increased the percentages of women in managerial positions, the plaintiffs in the longstanding case said the company should expect several more years of challenges to its employment practices.  STEPHANIE CLIFFORD, The New York Times  06/22/2011

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KBR Trys to Discredit Claims by Female Contract Worker

Attorneys for military contractor KBR Inc. and an ex-KBR firefighter tried to portray a Texas woman who says she was drugged and sexually assaulted in Iraq at the hands of co-workers as someone with a history of dishonesty and tried to point out to jurors on Tuesday what they believe are inconsistencies in her claims. Jamie Leigh Jones, 26, is one of several women who worked for KBR and former parent Halliburton Co. who say they were sexually assaulted or harassed while working for the companies in Iraq. Jones is asking for unspecified damages from KBR and Halliburton, which split in 2007.  Associated Press, The Washington Post  06/22/2011

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Native American Class-Action Settlement Approved

A federal district judge has given final approval to a $3.4 billion class-action settlement between the U.S. Department of Interior and hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The suit claimed the department "mismanaged lands held in trust on behalf of Native Americans." The suit, filed more than a decade ago, was originally settled in December 2009.  Wendell Marsh and Molly O'Toole, Reuters  06/21/2011

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Class Action

 

Health Insurer Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

Health insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed against the company over hikes in rates. The suit claimed Anthem closed off more than 100,000 policy members' plans to new members and then instituted "dramatically raised rates." As part of the settlement, the plaintiffs will see "rate increases no more than the average for all closed plans."  Duke Helfand, LA Times  06/22/2011

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