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  June 11, 2019

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In today's Brief: Though Beto O’Rourke touts his support of immigration on the campaign trail, these El Paso immigrants want him to speak louder for them. Take a look inside the redevelopment fight Beto O’Rourke can’t leave behind.
Cassi Pollock, Texas Tribune 06/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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US Agency Mishandled Sex-Abuse Claims

The IHS (Indian Health Service), which provides health care for 2.6 million Native Americans, has allowed employees accused of sexual misconduct to continue working and has struggled to meet U.S. requirements for reporting such allegations, a Wall Street Journal investigation found.
CHRISTOPHER WEAVER. WSJ & Frontline (PBS), WSJ Blogs 06/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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U.S. Supreme Court Says Discrimination Suit Should Not Be Dismissed Due to Procedure Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently said that a procedural rule should not prompt the dismissal of discrimination lawsuits. According to the high court, the so-called "claims exhaustion" rule of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not require automatic dismissal of a case. The case centers around a Texas woman who alleged she was subjected to "constant sexual harassment and assaults" while working at Fort Bend County’s IT Department.
Patricia Barnes, Forbes 06/06/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Pepper Hamilton Might Face Sanctions for Discovery Fiasco in Baylor Sex Assault Case

Pepper Hamilton might face sanctions at a hearing next week for violating a court order by withholding records that U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman had ordered the firm to disclose to plaintiffs suing Baylor University in Waco. The records trace back to 2015 when Pepper Hamilton represented Baylor in an investigation about how the school inadequately responded to sexual assault allegations by students.
Angela Morris , Texas Lawyer ($) 06/11/2019   Facebook iconLinkedIn Icon

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Supreme Court Adds Three Business Cases Aiming to Stop Lawsuits


The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered its next term with three new business cases, agreeing to consider curbing lawsuits over environmental cleanups, employee retirement plans and allegations of racial bias.
Greg Stohr , Bloomberg 06/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Boeing Plays Hardball in Offer to Settle with Victims' Families in the 737 Max Crash


Behind Boeing's offer this week to explore settling out of court with bereaved relatives of the Lion Air 737 Max crash is an implicit threat that could drastically devalue their cases, a lawyer involved in the case told Business Insider. The hardball legal strategy — which an independent expert said could render the cases "worthless" — is to switch the jurisdiction of the families' lawsuits from the US to Indonesia, where outcomes for the plaintiffs are likely much worse.
Sinéad Baker, Business Insider, Yahoo News  06/11/2019  Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon

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OK Judge Wants More Answers on $85M Opioid Settlement

Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman is declining to approve the state’s proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid maker until he’s assured it complies with a new law targeting such deals. The attorney general’s office says Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman on Monday ordered attorneys for both the state and Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals to file additional paperwork before he approves the settlement. Concerned about how the state’s $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharmaceuticals was structured, the Republican-led Legislature passed a law directing any settlement funds directly into the state treasury.
Associated Press, The Washington Post 06/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Family Blames Uber For 12-Year-Old's Suicide

Uber has been called out by the family of a 12-year-old girl from Florida who used the ride-sharing service to leave her house and commit suicide. The young girl used her grandmother's phone to arrange an Uber, which took her to a parking garage where she committed suicide. Uber's policies call for drivers to refuse any solo riders under 18 years of age. The girl's family, who have not filed a lawsuit, is "hoping Uber changes its policies to be more effective, and are not interested in financial compensation."
Staff Report, 10TV - WBNS 06/08/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Three American Manufacturers Blamed for Fatal Fire at London's Grenfell Tower

Three American manufacturers tied to a fatal fire in London are facing a lawsuit over flammable cladding. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 69 people who died and 177 injured in the June 14, 2017 fire at the Grenfell Tower in London. The 143-count wrongful death and products liability complaint seeks a jury trial in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. It alleges that Arconic, Inc., Celotex Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation are responsible for the defective, flammable exterior cladding panels and insulation that led to the fire.
Staff Report, Yahoo News 06/11/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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