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Settlement reached over 2020 police clash with protesters

Jul. 24, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups in North Carolina have reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte and its police department in a lawsuit filed last year after officers surrounded and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd. The terms of...

Family of James Brown settles 15-year battle over his estate

Jul. 23, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of entertainer James Brown has reached a settlement ending a 15-year battle over the late singer’s estate, an attorney involved in the mediation said Friday. David Black, an attorney representing Brown's estate, confirmed to The...

Lawmaker questions New Mexico AG's handling of solar case

Jul. 23, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ handling of a now-settled case involving a large solar installation company has spurred a request from a state lawmaker for an investigation. Rep. Daymon Ely is asking State Auditor Brian Colón,...

Philadelphia files suit over national opioid settlement

Jul. 22, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

In the first big challenge to the proposed $26 billion national opioid settlement, the Philadelphia district attorney on Thursday sued Pennsylvania’s attorney general over the deal, saying the city stands to get only a pittance to cope with an epidemic that is killing more than 1,000 people...

Maryland county commits to change after lawsuit settlement

Jul. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A $2.3 million payment to a group of Black and Latino police officers to settle their workplace discrimination lawsuit against a Maryland police department is the latest effort toward reforms within the department, a county official said Thursday. ...

$35M settlement reached in Tennessee opioid lawsuit

Jul. 22, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A drug manufacturer announced Thursday that it has reached a $35 million agreement that would settle a Tennessee lawsuit by local governments and a child born dependent to opioids over the company's role in the opioid epidemic, though steps remain to finalize the...

Portland approves $600K to settle cop's fatal shooting

Jul. 22, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday approved a $600,000 payment to the family of a 24-year-old shot and killed by police after a foot chase that outside consultants later criticized as a police policy violation. The payment settles a...

$65M settlement proposed in New York polluted water lawsuit

Jul. 21, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit could get payments and medical monitoring as part of a proposed $65.25 million settlement with three companies over chemical contamination of the water supply in an upstate New York village. The...

Indiana expected to get $507 million from opioid settlement

Jul. 21, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will receive $507 million as part of a multi-state agreement to settle a lawsuit against opioid distributors designed to bring relief to people struggling with addiction to the drug, officials said Wednesday, Attorney General Todd Rokita said...

Experts: Spend opioid settlement funds on fighting opioids

Jul. 21, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

As a $26 billion settlement over the toll of opioids looms, some public health experts are citing the 1998 agreement with tobacco companies as a cautionary tale of runaway government spending and missed opportunities for saving more lives. Mere fractions of the $200...