Editorial: The danger of legal immunity for those who expose others to COVID-19
The Florida Legislature is not quite as indifferent to the coronavirus pandemic as it might appear. Some members are actually talking about immunity. Unfortunately, it’s altogether the wrong kind.The immunity they have in mind is protection for nursing homes and other businesses against being sued over COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.One reason why that’s wrong is self-evident in the story we published Tuesday about a lawsuit against Publix Supermarkets over the death of Gerardo Gutierrez, who worked at one its stores in Miami Beach and died of COVID-19 after a co-worker had tested positive.It’s...
Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses GOP congressman's suit seeking to throw out all ballots cast by mail
PHILADELPHIA — The final remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results was tossed Saturday by the state’s highest court, which balked at a request from one of President Donald Trump’s top boosters in Congress to disenfranchise 2.6 million voters by throwing out every ballot cast by mail.In a unanimous decision, the justices declared that U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., had waited too long to bring his lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2019 law that created no-excuse mail voting in for the first time the state and they declared the remedy he sought too extreme.Had Kelly and the suit’s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Georgia Trump supporters fight on in court
ATLANTA — Supporters of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia say they have filed a federal lawsuit that accuses top state officials of abetting voter fraud.The lawsuit says Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rushed to buy new election software that played a big role in a scheme “illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to make certain the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States.”A separate lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, also seeks to overturn the presidential electio...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Citing conspiracy theories, Michigan GOP electors ask court to name Trump winner
LANSING, Mich. — A new lawsuit brought by a group of Michigan Republicans asks a federal judge to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state based on a bevy of conspiracy theories and claims contradicted by election experts.Six Republicans — three who would be Electoral College electors for President Donald Trump and three local GOP officials — filed the suit in federal court Wednesday night, two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan.Among their attorneys is Sidney Powell, who appeared at a news conference with Trump’s legal repr...
The Detroit News
Judge dismisses Trump's last Pennsylvania lawsuit capable of significantly disrupting election results
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Williamsport rejected President Donald Trump’s legal bid to disrupt certification of Pennsylvania’s election results on Saturday, delivering an all but certain death blow to his campaign’s ambitions of reversing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory through the courts.In a 37-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed the lawsuit, describing it as a “Frankenstein’s Monster” of tortured legal claims that sought an “unhinged” remedy that would effectively disenfranchise all voters in the state.“One might expect that when seeking such a startling o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nearly 1.4 million Illinois Facebook users have filed claims in $650 million privacy settlement, with Monday deadline looming
CHICAGO — Illinois Facebook users have until Monday to claim their share of a $650 million class action settlement over alleged violations of the state’s biometric privacy law.Nearly 1.4 million people had filed a claim as of Wednesday, which would make the expected payout about $400 each, Chicago attorney Jay Edelson said.In April 2015, Edelson filed the initial lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiff Carlo Licata, alleging the social media giant’s use of facial tagging features without consent was not allowed under Illinois privacy law.The case was moved to Chicago federa...
Landmark Flint water crisis settlement grows to $641 million as it moves to court
DETROIT — A landmark settlement in the Flint water crisis came a step closer to reality late Tuesday, when attorneys in the class-action lawsuit presented the agreement to a federal court with an additional $41.2 million.The $641.25 million settlement, if approved by the court, would largely go to victims of the water crisis that emerged after Flint residents learned their drinking water had been contaminated with lead after a source switch to river water in 2014.“After years of hard-fought litigation and extensive negotiations, plaintiffs have reached an agreement to resolve claims against th...
The Detroit News
Chemical injected in town's drinking water called 'an environmental injustice'
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Residents of a small town that injected an unapproved chemical into their drinking water for 10 years want the chemical manufacturer and South Carolina health regulators to pay for exposing them to the unauthorized water additive.Berry Systems Inc. and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control face potential liability over the use of Halosan in the town of Denmark, a remote community that for years has drawn complaints about the quality of its drinking water.Lawyers for the residents asked a court this past week to add Berry and DHEC to a 2018 class action lawsui...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Trump legal team vows to fight on, starting with fresh lawsuit Monday in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump’s legal team repeated its vow Sunday to bring a wave of new lawsuits contesting Joe Biden’s win of the presidency, starting with a suit to be filed Monday alleging that Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were awash in vote fraud.Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, elaborated on the pending suits in an interview on Fox News, but either presented no evidence to back up his allegations or reiterated complaints that the GOP has already argued in previous court challenges, many without success.Still, he contended the suits could reverse the outcome, at least in Pe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New lawsuit to challenge Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
SAN DIEGO — As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California.The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum-seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed Wednesday morning in the Central District of California.It is brought by several asylum-seekers who were returned along the California border along with organizations that...
The San Diego Union-Tribune