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Order of Nuns Facing Sex Abuse Lawsuit
A lawsuit has been filed against an order of nuns in St. Ignatius, Mont. by a group of people who allege that they were sexually abused as children. A total of 362 people who claim they were abused between the 1940's and 1970's in Western Montana filed the suit against the Ursulines and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena. The nuns have asked a federal judge to refuse a request from the victims' attorneys to proceed with their lawsuit in state court.
Wire Report, The Spokesman-Review 03/23/2014
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Couple Awarded $5.3M in City Corruption Lawsuit
An Arizona couple has been awarded $5.3 million by a jury after claiming in a lawsuit that their local government had been "hijacked" jailed Polygamist figurehead Warren Jeffs and his followers. Their lawsuit alleged that the local government colludes with the church to discriminate against those who do not follow the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Because of the city government, the couple had been living without running water at their home for the last five years.
Carol Kuruvilla, New York Daily News 03/22/2014
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GM Recall Triggers Deadly Crash Lawsuit
A recall by General Motors of several vehicle models due to faulty ignition switches has triggered a lawsuit by the family of a girl who died, along with one of her friends, when her car crashed on a highway in rural Wisconsin. One girl survived the crash, but sustained brain damage. Until last month, when GM issued the recall, investigators did not know why the girl's car crashed into a telephone pole. GM's CEO has admitted that the faulty ignition switch has led to 12 deaths and 31 frontal crashes nationwide.
Gitte Laasby , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 03/22/2014
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Some Insurance Companies May Be Shorting Homeowners
Three new proposed class action lawsuits in Texas allege insurance companies are shorting their consumers. The lawsuits say as much as 20 percent is often missing from what their homeowners insurance should provide in a pay out. The allegations center around the alleged non-payment of something the insurance industry refers to as “overhead and profit” to consumers, which is money insurance companies pay so consumers can afford to hire a professional general contractor when needed to oversee repairs.
Mark Greenblatt , KHOU-TV 03/24/2014
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Jury Orders Cleveland Clinic to Pay Doctor $7.7M in Med Mal Suit
A Cuyahoga County jury has awarded a former Cleveland Clinic doctor $7.7 million in a medical malpractice verdict. A jury returned the verdict in favor of Dr. Xiao Di, a neurosurgeon. During surgery a hole was torn in Di’s iris. His left pupil was destroyed, his attorney said. Because of the injuries Di cannot operate, and he has not worked since then. The $7.7 million award includes money for lost prior and future wages.
John Caniglia, Cleveland Plain Dealer 03/24/2014
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GMO Labeling Movement Stagnant in Texas
When Eric Herm heard in 2005 that genetically modified cottonseeds were the latest innovation on the market, he thought he should plant the crop on his family farm near Lubbock. After learning that the “seeds are injected with the genes of herbicides and pesticides,” Herm became critical of the product. Now, Herm is advocating a requirement to include warning labels on consumer products with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. He is among a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for the labeling of GMO products in Texas. But the push is getting little support from the Republican-dominated state leadership or from major agribusinesses.
Aamena Ahmed, Texas Tribune 03/24/2014
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Galveston Bay Spill Will Take Economic, Ecological Toll
With no end in sight to containing a spill that may have dumped 150,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday, the hit to Texas’ economy and environment is already huge — and sure to grow. The 50-mile Houston Ship Channel remains shut down. Cruise ships can’t depart from key ports. Galveston Bay’s multibillion-dollar recreational and commercial fishing industry is off limits during a peak tourist season. And the scores of vulnerable species in Galveston Bay, most notably birds that are soon to begin their northward migration along the upper Texas coast, are at grave risk.
Neena Satija, Texas Tribune 03/24/2014
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