Kids with autism being denied an education during the pandemic, Pa. class action suit says
PHILADELPHIA — Students with autism are illegally being denied an education during the government-ordered coronavirus school shutdown, a class-action lawsuit filed this week alleges.The outcome of the lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia on behalf of two Bucks County children, could potentially affect thousands of disabled students.At its heart is a claim that Gov. Tom Wolf failed to name as “life-sustaining” services that provide in-person education to nonverbal and partially verbal children with autism — kids for whom online instruction and services are ineffective.Also ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge won't side with Fiat Chrysler in motion on Dodge Dart clutch case
DETROIT — A federal judge in California has denied Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest legal challenge in a fight over allegedly defective clutches in 2013-15 Dodge Darts.FCA, which has denied claims of a defect, wanted to have the class action involving the Darts decertified, but U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, in a decision Friday, rejected that effort, which focused on several legal arguments, including one related to how class members would be identified.The judge, in disputing FCA’s argument, noted, for instance, that “identifying class members will not result in a series of separate tr...
Detroit Free Press
Texas mom among group suing for coronavirus aid for millions of immigrant families
FORT WORTH, Texas — Christina Segundo-Hernández, a Fort Worth mother of four married to an undocumented construction worker, is one of six plaintiffs in a federal class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of millions of U.S. citizens and their families who were left out of the coronavirus stimulus package.The lawsuit, filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in U.S. District Court in Maryland, argues the federal government’s denial of COVID-19 relief payments to Americans married to immigrants who do not have a Social Security number is unconstitutional.“The federal go...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lawsuits claim Bank of America, Wells Fargo, others shuffled stimulus loans for profit
In a series of class-action lawsuits filed in California and New York over the past week, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and JPMorgan Chase were accused of maximizing the fees they were paid to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program at the expense of mom-and-pop-sized small businesses.The suits allege that the banks submitted larger loans to the Small Business Administration ahead of smaller ones, leading to bigger small businesses getting greater access to PPP funds before the program ran out of funding this month.Banks are supposed to process the applications first-come, fir...
The Charlotte Observer
ACLU sues for 'drastic reduction' of immigrant detainees along California border due to coronavirus
SAN DIEGO — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to order the release of immigrant detainees from two California border facilities amid the coronavirus crisis.In a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties argued that Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn’t doing enough to protect those in its custody. The lawsuit calls for a “drastic reduction” of detainees to allow those who remain to have the space to practice social distancing.“Court intervention is necessary immediately,” said Monika Langarica, an ACLU attorney. “There is no ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Fans sue MLB over ticket refunds as season remains postponed due to coronavirus
NEW YORK — Two New York ticket-holders are taking a swing at Major League Baseball with a new lawsuit demanding refunds amid the coronavirus pandemic.Matthew Ajzenman and Susan Terry-Bazer filed the proposed class action lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles, saying it’s wrong for the league to “refuse to refund” tickets purchased for the 2020 season.“Baseball fans have been held in limbo as a result of an MLB directive not to issue refunds,” the lawsuit filed Monday in the Central District of California states.“Defendants have chosen to shift their losses to loyal fans, furthering their fin...
New York Daily News
Mike Bloomberg goes from presidential big spender to deadbeat loser, for some staffers
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg had a foolproof formula.The self-made billionaire would use his vast fortune to run for president and, if that didn’t work, he would keep his campaign staff on the job until November’s general election to support the Democratic nominee.In politics, some promises are made to be broken.Bloomberg, who dropped out of the race three weeks ago after spending more than $500 million, unceremoniously laid off 1,100 staffers last week.So much for hero status. Bloomberg’s donation of $18 million to the Democratic National Committee did little to soften the blow, and n...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: Judge grants class action in civil suit led by San Jose resident
A federal court judge has granted class-action status to plaintiffs in a civil suit against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. The decision opens the way for thousands of people allegedly defrauded by Holmes, her failed blood-testing startup, and Walgreens to be included as plaintiffs in the lawsuit and potentially to obtain compensation and damages.The lead plaintiffs, including a San Jose resident identified in court records only as “A.R.,” allege that Theranos’ blood tests were unreliable and they never would have bought them if Holmes, Theranos and Walgreens — which sold Theranos blood tes...
The Mercury News
Sacramento agrees to pay nearly $500,000 to settle lawsuit over Stephon Clark protest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento officials have reached a tentative deal to pay out more than $500,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 84 people who were arrested during a march in the city’s Fab ‘40s neighborhood last year as they protested the decision not to prosecute the police officers who shot Stephon Clark to death, the plaintiffs’ lawyer says.Sacramento civil rights attorney Mark Merin said Tuesday that the agreement, which still must be approved by a judge, calls for most of the plaintiffs to receive payments from the city of $4,000 each, with four named plaintiffs ...
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Apple says it did nothing wrong but agrees to pay up to $500 million to iPhone owners, users
Apple will pay owners and users of certain iPhone models up to $25 per phone as part of a settlement that, if approved by a judge, will see the Cupertino firm pay up to $500 million over alleged secret throttling of phone performance.The deal, according to filings in federal court in San Jose, is to cover all current and former U.S. owners and users of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE devices running iOS 10.2.1 or later, and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones running iOS 11.2 or later, who ran those operating systems before December 21, 2017.The tentative settlement, awaiting a judge’s approv...
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