Judge rules against switch to hand-marked paper ballots in Georgia
ATLANTA — A federal judge Friday denied an effort to convert Georgia elections to paper ballots filled out by hand, declining to throw out the state’s new voting system after its first statewide test in this spring’s primaries.But U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg allowed the elections security lawsuit to move forward based on evidence of problems in the state’s June 9 primary, when some voters waited hours in lines caused by social distancing requirements, precinct closures, high turnout and difficulties operating election equipment.The ruling means voters will continue casting ballots on Geo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2 transgender teens sue Arizona's Medicaid program for refusal to cover chest surgery
Two transgender teens in Arizona are challenging the state’s Medicaid ban on surgical treatment for gender dysphoria.The two plaintiffs, named in court documents as 15-year-old D.H. and 17-year-old John Doe, are both teens enrolled in Arizona’s Medicaid program, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.They are seeking male chest reconstruction surgery as a treatment for their gender dysphoria — defined in the lawsuit as “the distress that can result from the incongruence between a person’s gender identity and their assigned sex at birth” — but the state’s Medicaid will not cov...
New York Daily News
Drugmaker AbbVie will pay $24 million to California, whistleblower to settle fraud lawsuit
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that the Department of Insurance reached a $24 million settlement with pharmaceutical giant AbbVie that will require it to change its marketing practices for its immunology drug Humira.Once a blockbuster sales driver for the company, Humira faced stiff competition from similar drugs on the international market. In the second quarter of 2020, foreign sales of the drug dropped by nearly 20 percent, and U.S. sales did not increase enough to cover that steep drop. Humira is used to treat symptoms of arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative col...
The Sacramento Bee
N.J. landlord demanded sexual favors in exchange for housing help, new lawsuit accuses
A prominent landlord in New Jersey is accused in a new lawsuit of demanding sexual favors from tenants of his properties in exchange for housing help.Federal officials claim in the suit, which was filed Wednesday, that Joseph Centanni sexually harassed tenants and applicants since at least 2005, according to NBC News.“No one should ever be forced to provide sexual favors, or otherwise endure sexual harassment, as a condition to keep or obtain housing,” said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.“Sexual harassment in housing is illegal under the Fair Housing Act, and we will vigorously enforce this fed...
New York Daily News
County in NY agrees to change treatment of transgender inmates
NEW YORK — A county in western New York has agreed to change how it treats transgender inmates, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a trans woman who said she was discriminated against because of her gender identity.On Wednesday, human rights groups announced that Steuben County committed to establishing one of the country’s strongest jail policies to protect the rights of transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and intersex people in custody.The agreement stems from a 2019 lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Transgender Legal Defense & Educatio...
New York Daily News
Ex-Atlanta officer charged in Rayshard Brooks' death sues to get job back
ATLANTA — The former Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks during an arrest attempt has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and interim police chief seeking to get his job back.Garrett Rolfe contends his firing June 13, the day after Brooks died, violated the city’s policy in the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court. Rolfe says in court documents that Brooks violently resisted arrest and the shooting was justified. The 27-year-old charged with felony murder and other charges is free on bond.But on Wednesday, prosecutors said they will ask a judge to revoke bond for Rolfe, who...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Uber and Lyft sued for 'unpaid wages' by California Labor Commissioner over driver classification
California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Wednesday filing suit against the two companies.The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” according to the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed.Wedne...
The Mercury News
Member of controversial church sues online critics who claimed he helped spread COVID-19
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Shelby businessman has been defamed by false online allegations that he helped spread COVID-19 across the North Carolina foothills by working sickened employees, a new federal lawsuit claims.Samuel Pires says he has been singled out for repeated social media attacks for one reason: He’s a member of Word of Faith Fellowship, arguably the state’s most controversial church.According to the complaint, Pires blames a group of Facebook users for damaging his reputation and his businesses by alleging that the companies are a threat to public health and that Pires is funneling mone...
The Charlotte Observer
Voter lawsuit aims to block mask mandate at Minnesota polling places
MINNEAPOLIS — A group of voters backed by Republican legislators sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials Tuesday in federal court, aiming to block a face mask requirement at polling places.Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance and GOP lawmakers contend Walz’s mask mandate, intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, conflicts with a longstanding state law making it a misdemeanor for someone to conceal their identity with a mask. The 1963 law grants exceptions, including masks that are part of medical treatment.“That’s a conflict and I don’t know what to do on primary d...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In a sweeping lawsuit, 42 Chicago businesses seek insurance coverage for COVID-related business losses
CHICAGO — In a sweeping lawsuit, prominent Chicago restaurant groups including Lettuce Entertain You and Gibsons are fighting their insurance carriers over denial of coverage for lost income related to COVID-19.The suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, is one of hundreds businesses have filed against insurers over the last several months as the health crisis, and shutdowns mandated by the government, slashed revenues. It is notable for its breadth: There are 42 plaintiffs, mostly Chicago restaurants, and 18 insurers listed as defendants.The suit alleges shutdown orders caused hund...