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Justice Denied: 71 ALEC Bills in 2013 Make It Harder to Hold Corporations Accountable
Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch: At least 71 bills introduced in 2013 that make it harder for average Americans to access the civil justice system resemble "models" from the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC," according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy. Click on the headline to learn more.  


Girl Abducted, Raped After Being Suspended from School
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A Grand Rapids, Mich., couple has filed suit against Hope Academy in West Michigan, claiming their disabled daughter was kicked out of school and then abducted and raped. Her parents claim school officials suspended the girl and told her to leave the campus despite policies not allowing students to leave without their parents. She was walking home through a dangerous neighborhood when she was grabbed by a man, taken into his home and raped. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.
John Agar, MLive 07/09/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Man With Crushed Skull from Fight Awarded $58M
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A California jury has awarded $58 million to a Los Angeles man who had his skull crushed in by a security guard outside a local bar in 2010. The lawsuit said an "unlicensed [and] untrained security guard" kicked and beat the man in the head with a metal bar, caving in his skull and leaving him with permanent brain damage. The security guard allegedly attacked the man during a fight outside the bar, which the victim was trying to stop.
Michael Winter, USA Today 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Farmers Agents Sue Carrier Over Contracts, Taking Client Info
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A group of Farmers Group Inc. agents have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging the Los Angeles, Calif.-based carrier has undercut them by sharing their data with a competing subsidiary and several contract violations. The United Farmers Agents Association alleges in its suit that the U.S. subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services in 2009 “began orchestrating and engaging in a series of improper actions” at the expense of Farmers agents.
Don Jergler , Insurance Journal 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Federal Judge Denies Class Action in Super Bowl Lawsuit
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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of fans’ complaints against the National Football League for seating problems at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington cannot move forward as a class-action lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn wrote in her order that ticket holders who did not participate in the NFL’s voluntary settlement for those who were either denied seats, relocated to other seats, delayed entry into the stadium or had obstructed views during the Feb. 6, 2011, game at Cowboys Stadium would need to file their suits individually to determine damages.
Susan Schrock, Star Telegram 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Texas Judge Allows Lawsuit to Proceed
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A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss an insurance company's lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001, and an attorney for the company said Tuesday he'll move quickly to question the cyclist under oath. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings had a contract with Armstrong to pay bonuses for winning the Tour de France and other races. The company sued to recover its money after Armstrong admitted in January that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour every year from 1999-2005.
JIM VERTUNO, Houston Chronicle 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Victims of West Explosion Sue Fertilizer Maker
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Dozens of victims of the fertilizer explosion in West are seeking damages from one of the world's largest fertilizer manufacturers. CF Industries Holdings may have produced the ammonium nitrate that detonated in April, killing at least 15 people and causing as much as $100 million in damage to the small town.
STEVE THOMPSON , The Dallas Morning News 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Recent General Motors Recall May Be Expanded
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U.S. regulators are considering whether to force General Motors to expand a May recall of 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. The May recall covered about 43,000 vehicles to fix a defective generator-control module that could cause engine fire. Government officials have said that recent lab tests produced a fire in a non-recalled vehicle, prompting the consideration for an expanded recall.
Wire Report, Columbus Dispatch 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Foul Play Negligence Not Ruled Out In Quebec Train Disaster
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Quebec police are looking into whether and the massive explosions that followed in the small town of Lac-Megantic were caused by "foul play or criminal negligence". Authorities do not suspect this was an act of terrorism, however. As Wednesday began, the confirmed number of deaths remained at 15. But,that left the number of missing at about 35 people.
Mark Memmott, National Public Radio 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Disaster in Quebec Reveals Regulatory Lapse
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A debate about the relative merits of transporting crude oil by pipeline or by rail reignited over the weekend, after a runaway freight train carrying seventy-two cars of oil exploded and leveled Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The disaster exposed a significant lack of regulation governing the shipment of crude oil via rail, and raised questions about the continued use of old tanker cars known to be unsafe.
Zoe Carpenter, The Nation 07/10/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Ole Miss Settles Suit over Player's Death
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The University of Mississippi and the NCAA have settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a former football player who collapsed and died during a 2010 practice. The victim died from complications of sickle cell trait, increased by the intense exertion and heat during the practice. As part of the settlement, the family received $275,000 from the defendants, and the university has agreed to set up a scholarship in honor of the victim.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 07/09/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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