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July 07, 2011

Doctor in Nurse Retaliation Case Accused of Aggravated Perjury during nurse's trial

OK High Court Rules in 'Wrongful Birth' Case

SuperMedia is Sued Over Overtime Pay

Verizon to Pay $20 Million in Discrimination Suit

Suit: Chicago Police used Violent, Unnecessary Tactics

$1 Million Awarded in Police Cruiser Crash

Exxon: 40 Landowners Report Property Fouled by Spill

 

 

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Doctor in Nurse Retaliation Case Accused of Aggravated Perjury during nurse's trial

A doctor at the center of a retaliation case that cost a West Texas sheriff his job has been accused of aggravated perjury for testimony he gave during the trial of a whistle-blowing nurse. The Andrews County grand jury indicted Dr. Rolando Arafiles on a single count. The indictment accused Arafiles of lying under oath when he denied knowing how Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts, a friend, obtained names and contact information of patients for questioning about who complained about Arafiles. Arafiles also has been charged with two counts each of two counts of misuse of official information and retaliation. Winkler County Attorney Scott Tidwell awaits trial on two counts of misuse of official information, two counts of retaliation and two counts of official oppression.  Associated Press, Tyler Morning Telegraph  07/07/2011

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OK High Court Rules in 'Wrongful Birth' Case

The OK Supreme Court ruled that the parents of a child born with a severe infection may recover damages for the costs associated with the child's ongoing care. The court's decision was the result of a so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuit filed by an Enid couple against the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and two of its doctors. According to the decision, Brian and Patricia Shull allege their son born in 2007 was rendered "permanently and completely helpless" as result of the infection saying doctors failed to inform them of the health risks of the virus and that, had they known of the virus, they would have terminated the pregnancy. OK lawmakers in 2010 passed a law that would prohibit similar cases from being pursued.  Associated Press, Tulsa World  07/07/2011

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SuperMedia is Sued Over Overtime Pay

A suit seeking class action status has been filed against SuperMedia Inc., a publisher of Yellow Pages directories, claiming that the company, based at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, improperly calculated some employees' overtime pay. According to the lawsuit, SuperMedia did not include the employees' commissions in their base compensation when paying overtime. The suit says that violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  Jim Fuquay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  07/07/2011

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Verizon to Pay $20 Million in Discrimination Suit

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by hundreds of workers who were allegedly fired after missing work for various disabilities. The lawsuit claimed the company had a policy that after a certain number of absences, regardless of the reason, an employee would be terminated. The suit claimed that the policy was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun  07/06/2011

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Suit: Chicago Police used Violent, Unnecessary Tactics

A Chicago man has filed a lawsuit against several Chicago police officers who allegedly assaulted him while on the scene of another arrest. According to the lawsuit, police arrived at a home in West Pullman to arrest three individuals. While there, the plaintiff said officers used unnecessary force and then "cold-cocked" him in the face when he protested against their violence. Lawyers for the plaintiff announced the suit today in a press conference where they also released video footage of the incident. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.  Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune  07/06/2011

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$1 Million Awarded in Police Cruiser Crash

An Ohio jury has awarded a local man $1 million after suffering mild traumatic brain injury in a 2006 car collision with a police cruiser. According to the lawsuit, the accident occurred when the police officer made an illegal left turn while responding to a "non-emergency" call. The plaintiff claims the injuries he sustained during the crash left him with "changes in his memory and personality."  James F. McCarty, Cleveland Plain Dealer  07/07/2011

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Issues

 

Exxon: 40 Landowners Report Property Fouled by Spill

About 40 Montana landowners have reported contamination of their property by crude oil spilled from a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline into the flood-swollen Yellowstone River over the weekend, the company said on Wednesday. As the scope of property damage came into sharper relief, Montana's governor accused Exxon of underestimating how much oil spewed into the one of America's most pristine rivers 150 miles downstream from Yellowstone National Park.  Emilie Ritter, Reuters , Yahoo News  07/07/2011

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