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
Mortgage servicer Ocwen will provide $11 million in relief to settle misconduct claims
Ocwen Financial Corp., based in West Palm Beach, has agreed to provide more than $11 million in cash and services to settle a lawsuit by Florida’s attorney general alleging widespread misconduct by its mortgage servicing business.The settlement was announced in separate statements by the Attorney General’s Office and Ocwen.It follows years of accusations from across the United States that Ocwen routinely abused its mortgage customers with, according to the attorney general’s 2017 civil complaint, illegal foreclosures, misapplied mortgage payments, failure to make insurance payments from borrow...
Trump's campaign loses another voting lawsuit in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Western Pennsylvania ruled against President Donald Trump’s campaign Saturday in a lawsuit challenging the state’s rules for mail voting and poll watchers, the latest legal setback for the president in a flurry of election-related lawsuits.The lawsuit against Pennsylvania questioned the use of mail ballot drop boxes, sought to require signature analysis for mail ballots, and argued that poll watchers for candidates and parties should be permitted to observe polling places in counties other than where they are registered to vote.U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas ...
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Vanessa Bryant's lawsuit against helicopter company moved to federal court against her wishes
Vanessa Bryant’s wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of Kobe Bryant’s doomed helicopter has been moved to federal court against her wishes, paperwork obtained by the NewYork Daily News reveals.The NBA superstar’s widow filed her original wrongful death complaint against Island Express Helicopters in Los Angeles County Superior Court in February, but the company later filed a cross-complaint against two federal air traffic controllers, triggering the venue change.Vanessa’s lawyers unsuccessfully tried to fight the removal, saying the defendants only sued the air traffic controllers the way...
New York Daily News
Parkland families will have to share no more than $300,000 in mass shooting lawsuit against school district, court rules
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the school district where the Parkland mass shooting took place more than two years ago does not have to pay more than $300,000 in combined damages to the victims’ families.Attorneys for survivors and families of the 17 students and staff killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 had asked the court to consider each gunshot as a separate incident, arguing that each plaintiff was entitled to receive $200,000, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.But the limit under Florida state law is $300,000, which the court said shou...
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