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The Brief for Nov 12
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In today's Brief: How have Texas lawmakers and the public responded to the state's shootings in the past decade? Also, is U.S. Rep. Kay Granger in trouble of losing her seat?
Elvia Limón, Texas Tribune 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Investigation:The Priest Next Door
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A USA TODAY review of more than 1,200 priests, Catholic brothers and Catholic school officials accused of sexual abuse found that most have moved on with their lives with little oversight or accountability. Their movements are unchecked by both the government and the Catholic Church because statute of limitation laws in many states make it nearly impossible for victims to pursue criminal charges.
Lindsay Schnell & Sam Ruland, USA Today 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Hospitals Are Suing for Payment
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Hospitals across the country are increasingly suing patients for unpaid bills, a step many institutions were long unwilling to take.In some places, major hospitals now file hundreds or even thousands of lawsuits annually. Those cases strain court systems and often end in wage garnishments for patients.
Sarah Kliff, The New York Times 11/04/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Google's â?˜Project Nightingale' Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans
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Google is engaged with one of the U.S.'s largest health-care systems on a project 'Project Nightingale' to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states. Google began Project Nightingale in secret last year with St. Louis-based Ascension. Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.
Rob Copeland, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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UT Study: Fracking May Be Causing TX Earthquakes
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A new study suggests for the first time that some Texas earthquakes ' specifically, those in West Texas ' may indeed be connected to hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting fluid, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to release oil and gas.
Anna Kuchment, The Dallas Morning News 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed Over 'Vigilante' Security Guard Who Shot Child Bystander
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According to a lawsuit, a "vigilante" security guard at a Houston T-Mobile store shot a child. The security guard was chasing down a suspected thief when he fired 10 shots, hitting the child in the back of her father's car. The lawsuit states the child was hit in the leg and had to relearn how to walk. The family has filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the T-Mobile store.
Matt Dougherty, KHOU-TV 11/11/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Amtrak's New Ticket Rules Bars Passengers From Suing
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Passengers and their survivors won a $265 million court settlement with Amtrak after a 2015 derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured hundreds more. But if such a crash happened today, the victims would not be able to sue. A clause the Amtrak quietly added to its ticket purchases in January forces disputes into arbitration with no right to go before a judge or jury.
SAM MINTZ, Politico 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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High Court Allows Sandy Hook Families to Move Forward in Suit Against Remington
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The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to shield a major arms manufacturer from potential liability in the 2012 school shooting that left 26 students and educators dead in Newtown, Conn. The justices' action allows a lawsuit filed by parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims to move forward at the state level, on the allegation that Remington Arms Co. marketed the military-style rifle used in the mass shooting "for use in assaults against human beings."
Richard Wolf, USA Today 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Widow Sues Boat Owner in Fire Off CA that Killed 34
The widow of a passenger who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel's owners Monday. Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the boat was unsafe. The vessel didn't have adequate smoke detectors or firefighting equipment, it lacked enough emergency exits, and a required night watch was not on duty when the flames broke out in the middle of the night, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
BRIAN MELLEY & STEFANIE DAZIO, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Yahoo News 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon
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Class Action

McDonald's Employees File Class Action to Address 'Systemic' Sexual Harassment
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A number of McDonald's employees have filed a lawsuit seeking to address the sexual harassment of workers. According to a press release on Tuesday, the workers seek to force the chain to confront a 'systemic problem' of sexual harassment. Over the last three years, more than 50 complaints have been filed by McDonald's employees alleging illegal conduct. The proposed class action complaint is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.
Staff Report, Reuters 11/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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