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N.M. Mother Files Suit After Police Officer Chokes Boy
A lawsuit filed by a New Mexico mother alleges that an Española police officer assaulted one of her sons after a ball was thrown at his patrol car. According to the lawsuit, the officer confronted the mother and her four children after one of the boys threw a Nerf football at his car. The suit alleges he proceeded to choke one of the teenage boys, who was later hospitalized, and attempted to hit another one of the children. The lawsuit also contends that the officer was hired against the recommendation of a lieutenant after a pre-hiring screening found the officer had a “reputation as a ‘hothead’ who was quick to anger.” The lawsuit names the officer, the police department and the city as defendants.
Andy Stiny, Albuquerque Journal 04/30/2014
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Former IRS Officer Settles Lawsuit Over Retaliation
A lawsuit filed by a former Internal Revenue Service officer against his former employer has been settled. The lawsuit, filed solely against the IRS, alleged that the plaintiff was targeted by the IRS in retaliation for discrimination claims. The plaintiff received a target letter about a month after he filed a discrimination complaint alleging his supervisors made derogatory remarks about his Italian heritage. The lawsuit was dismissed last week after both sides reached a confidential settlement.
Jeff German, Las Vegas Review Journal 04/30/2014
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Suit Claims Vets Face Discrimination Over Sex Trauma
Service Women's Action Network and Vietnam Veterans of America filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs discriminates against victims of military sexual trauma who are seeking VA disability benefits. The two national veterans' advocacy groups filed the lawsuit which targets the department’s regulations concerning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder claims that are based on rape, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. The lawsuit alleges the department approves more benefits for veterans suffering from PTSD not associated with sexual abuse. The advocacy groups are seeking a change in the rule governing PTSD claims based on military sexual trauma.
Peggy McCarthy, The Hartford Courant 04/30/2014
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Chicago Police Mistake Phone for Gun, Shoot Plaintiff
A lawsuit has been filed by a Chicago man who alleges police officers shot him twice last year without any legal justification. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was at a barbeque with friends when two police officers arrived and fired a warning shot. When the guests began to run, the officers opened fire, shooting the plaintiff in the leg and the arm. The police officers alleged they thought the plaintiff's phone was a gun. The county refused to file felony charges against the plaintiff despite police recommendation.
Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune 04/30/2014
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Former D.C. School's Head of Food Services Files Suit
A lawsuit has been filed by the former head of food services for the Washington, D.C., public school district alleging he was fired after raising concerns about the district's contract with its largest food vendor. According to the lawsuit, the school system was overcharged, billed for spoiled produce and shorted millions of dollars by its largest food vendor. The plaintiff alleges he was terminated after continuing to bring up these concerns and push for better food services. The lawsuit seeks back pay and other damages.
Ann E. Marimow and Emma Brown, The Washington Post 04/30/2014
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Tech Companies Hold Interest in Defamation Suit
The fate of a federal defamation lawsuit filed by a former Bengals cheerleader against gossip website TheDirty.com has online tech giants like Google, eBay and Facebook comments. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit after two comments were posted on the website which said "she'd had sex with every Bengals player on the team and likely had gonorrhea and chlamydia." A U.S. district judge ruled in the plaintiff's favor and she was awarded $338,000. In response to the ruling, companies including Google, eBay, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft filed briefs stating "if the verdict stands, the legal precedent it sets could cripple the free expression and commerce that has flourished on the Internet."
Amber Hunt, USA Today 05/01/2014
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