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LA school district to pay $14.7M in teacher sex abuse case

Jan. 19, 2022 18:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $14.7 million to seven former students at an elementary school who claim their teacher sexually abused them several years ago. Rene Tenas, who taught fourth grade at Hart Street Elementary, was accused of...

Portland pays $22.5K to settle protest lawsuit

Jan. 19, 2022 18:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday approved paying $22,500 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who said police used excessive force against her during the 2020 protests that wracked the city. The settlement is the latest in a string of...

U. of Michigan settlement latest in school sex abuse payouts

Jan. 19, 2022 17:27 PM EST

A financial payout for more than 1,000 people — mostly men — who say they were sexually assaulted by former University of Michigan sports doctor Robert Anderson is the latest multimillion-dollar settlement involving schools faced with sexual misconduct scandals. The $490 million...

Potential settlement in lawsuit against Kansas City police

Jan. 18, 2022 17:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police on Tuesday agreed to pay $110,000 to settle a lawsuit that was filed by a teenage girl who was hit in the eyes with pepper spray during a demonstration in 2020. The lawsuit accused three officers of assault and two of them with battery...

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Jan. 18, 2022 17:02 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire would create a $100 million fund to settle claims of child sex abuse at its state-run youth detention center under a bipartisan bill that lawyers for the victims call offensive. Ten former workers at the Youth Development Center in Manchester and...

Judge denies jailed attorney's request to reduce $7M bail

Jan. 18, 2022 15:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge refused on Tuesday to lower the $7 million bail for prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, who is charged with stealing millions of dollars from vulnerable clients. Murdaugh's lawyers had unsuccessfully argued that the high amount was like no...

Environment groups, company settle lawsuit over landfill

Jan. 14, 2022 12:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two environmental groups have settled a federal lawsuit with a waste management company over allegations the company’s landfill in New Hampshire leaked toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Under the settlement reached this week, Casella Waste Systems and its...

Navient settlement: Indebted student borrowers to benefit

Jan. 13, 2022 19:40 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who took out student loans over the past 20 years could see their loans canceled or receive a small check as part of a nationwide settlement with Navient, a major student loan collecting company, over allegations of abusive lending practices. ...

Ex-homeless shelter head agrees to pay $6M settlement

Jan. 13, 2022 14:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a publicly funded nonprofit that runs homeless shelters in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $6 million to settle allegations that he funneled state money to himself by renting properties he owned to the shelter at inflated rates, the state attorney general's office...

Washington AG: $45M settlement with student loan company

Jan. 13, 2022 13:38 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a major student loan servicer will provide about $45 million in debt relief and restitution to settle the state's lawsuit that alleged it deceived loan seekers and engaged in unfair practices. It’s part of...