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  February 14, 2014

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Appeals Court Reinstates BP Shareholders’ Lawsuit

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A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company’s pipeline maintenance program. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the U.S. District Court of Western Washington on several claims. Shareholders sued BP in 2008, claiming management made misleading statements about the conditions of the company’s pipelines, and its maintenance and leak detection program after the first spill of 200,000 gallons onto the North Slope tundra two years earlier. The lawsuit claims BP made the statements knowingly or with deliberate recklessness.
MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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76-Year-Old N.Y. Man Files Age Discrimination Suit

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A 76-year-old New York man has filed an age discrimination lawsuit after he was the only employee terminated as a part of a "reduction in workforce." The plaintiff had worked for the company since 1962, for over 50 years, before he was terminated from his position. During his employment, the plaintiff has moved with the company's headquarters throughout the state of New York and eventually to New Jersey. He claims that he routinely worked 12-hour days and his lawsuit seeks $700,000 in unpaid overtime pay.
John Marzulli, New York Daily News 02/13/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Ala. Water Company Faces Lawsuit

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A 2010 lawsuit against the Birmingham Water Works Board in Alabama is headed to court. The lawsuit alleges the water company overcharged its customers through late meter reading and does not prorate for days outside the regular monthly schedule. The lawsuit alleges that the water company's negligence is causing higher water bills for customers. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status which would include thousands of other customers of the water company.
Joseph D. Bryant, 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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$2.4M Settlement of Retaliation Suit Awaits Approval

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A $2.4 million settlement of a retaliation lawsuit is awaiting approval by a board in Cook County, Illinois. The lawsuit alleged that a Cook County sheriff retaliated against deputies who supported his political opponent eight years ago. The 21 deputies who filed the lawsuit claimed the retaliation "was a violation of their First Amendment right to free speech and said it resulted in lower wages, lost overtime pay and unrealized future promotions." The county commissioner says the settlement comes with no admission of wrongdoing.
Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Jury Finds Injured Woman Mostly to Blame for Parade Accident

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A woman who was injured in a 2009 collision with a police horse during the Houston Pride parade was almost entirely responsible for the incident, a Harris County jury determined Thursday after a three-day civil trial. The jury found that Houston Police Department mounted patrol officer Patrick Hernandez shared some blame, but that Montrose resident Kirste Reimers was 95 percent responsible for being out in the street when she collided with a mounted patrol horse named Kato on June 27, 2009. The jury awarded no damages.
Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Train Carrying Canadian Oil Derails, Leaks in Pennsylvania

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A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift. Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. The two other derailed tank cars held liquefied petroleum gas.
Robert Gibbons and Elizabeth Dilts, Reuters 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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