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Football Fan Alleges Discrimination in Ticket Purchase
A football fan has filed a lawsuit alleging that the NFL engaged in "economic discrimination" when it allegedly prevented him from purchasing a football ticket. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, a San Francisco 49ers fan, was unable to purchase a ticket to a football game in Seattle because credit-card sales were limited to selected pro-Seattle markets. The lawsuit was filed on April 15 and seeks "$10 million in punitive damages on top of $40 ?million in real damages."
Scott Sonner, Seattle Times 04/27/2014
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Former NFL Player Sued by Ex-Girlfriend Over Assault
A former NFL player and ESPN analyst is facing a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend whom he is accused of assaulting. Hugh Douglas was charged with second-degree strangulation and third-degree assault on Sept. 22, 2013 but pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree breach of peace. He was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail sentence and a two-year conditional discharge. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit to "allow a civil jury to hear the evidence that she would have had presented to a criminal jury."
David Owens, The Hartford Courant 04/28/2014
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Reds Pitcher Faces Lawsuit by Alleged Rape Victim
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon alleging that he raped her in April 2013. The plaintiff alleges that she was raped by the defendant after meeting him at a bar in Washington, D.C. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was visibly intoxicated and unable to consent during the incident. The lawsuit seeks $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
Rachel Axon, USA Today 04/25/2014
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Lawsuit Targets Iowa's Use of "Do-Not-Hire" List
Three former public employees in Iowa have filed a lawsuit targeting the state's "do-not-hire" list. The lawsuit alleges that the state used "blacklists" despite multiple rulings by administrative law judges which declared the use of them illegal. The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of hundreds of other people included on the lists and asks that the state immediately halt their use of blacklists.
Jason Clayworth, DesMoines Register 04/28/2014
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City Faces Lawsuit Over Death of Mentally Ill Man
The city of Alhambra, Calif. is facing a lawsuit by the family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by local police officers. The 35-year-old man was wandering around the police station lobby on May 17, 2013 and was shot by police officers after he pulled a knife from his backpack and came toward them. One officer tried to employ his stun gun during the incident, but failed to do so. The lawsuit alleges that the city, its police department, a sergeant and two officers were negligent and poor hiring and supervision led to the death of the 35-year-old man.
Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News 04/29/2014
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Partial Settlement Reached in Attempted Suicide Case
Knox County, Maine has reached a partial settlement in a lawsuit filed by the mother of an inmate who suffered brain damage in an attempted suicide. Five years ago, the then-22-year-old was found hanging in his cell and had suffered permanent severe brain damage as a result of the incident. The plaintiff alleged in her lawsuit that "the county violated her son's constitutional rights by its deliberate indifference to his threats that he was going to kill himself."
Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News 04/29/2014
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Lawsuit Alleges Texas Jail Recorded Calls to Attorneys
A lawsuit has been filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project alleging that officers and prosecutors unlawfully eavesdropped on phone calls between inmates in a Texas jail and their attorneys. The lawsuit alleges that for at least a year, jail officials have been listening to and recording conversations between defense attorneys and their clients. The lawsuit names as defendants the Travis County Sheriffs Department, the telephone vendor Securus Technologies, the Travis County Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office.
Tina Shively, KVUE-TV 04/29/2014
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GM Expecting Compensation Recommendations in June
The CEO of General Motors, the car manufacturer embroiled in controversy over the recall of 2.5 million vehicles with defective ignition switches, has announced that the company is expecting recommendations for victim compensation in June. This may lead to a plan for compensating the victims of the accidents, including 303 deaths, related to the faulty ignition switches. The compensation expert handling the case has previously composed compensation plans for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Boston Marathon bombings and the legal fee allocation in the Holocaust slave labor litigation.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 04/25/2014
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