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Browns' Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million

Aug. 18, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation and treatment as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen women. The...

Single lawsuit last remaining legal issue for Deshaun Watson

Aug. 18, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — When the first woman accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct during a massage session in a lawsuit filed in March 2021, it was just the initial step in a protracted saga that would eventually encompass 23 more civil filings, a criminal investigation and the possibility of...

Families win $5M in settlement over classroom abuse suit

Aug. 18, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The families of four nonverbal special education students have received $5 million in settlement money after they sued the county school system based in West Virginia's state capitol, alleging abuse in the classroom. The Charleston Gazette-Mail obtained...

Settlement requires Arkansas senator to unblock critics

Aug. 17, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state senator will be required to unblock critics from his social media accounts under a settlement a national atheists' group said it reached with the state on Wednesday. American Atheists announced the settlement in its federal lawsuit against...

$18M deal in lawsuit over boy's death at California school

Aug. 17, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

LA PUENTE, Calif. (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old boy with Down syndrome who died after falling while strapped to a chair in class five years ago have reached an $18 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit against a Southern California school district, attorneys said Wednesday. ...

Brad Pitt foundation reaches settlement over Louisiana homes

Aug. 17, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and homeowners of the houses built by the program, in an area of New Orleans among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, have reached a $20.5 million settlement. The Times-Picayune ' The New Orleans Advocate reported Wednesday...

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

Aug. 17, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in damages Wednesday to two Ohio counties that sued CVS, Walgreens and Walmart over the way the national pharmacy chains distributed opioids to their communities. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said in his ruling...

AP sources: Talks on possible Watson settlement progress

Aug. 17, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

Talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association on a discipline settlement for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson have progressed. However, it's uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ...

Private prison firm to settle lawsuit over inmate death

Aug. 14, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private prison company has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over a Tennessee inmate's killing that got national attention after a judge ordered the plaintiff's attorney to stop tweeting about it. Tennessee-based CoreCivic and attorney Daniel Horwitz,...

Drummond ordered to clean old mine site, pay $3.65 million

Aug. 12, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Drummond Co. Inc. must clean up an abandoned site and pay $3.65 million under an agreement approved by a federal judge in a lawsuit over environmental pollution in north Alabama. The settlement, announced in a statement released Thursday by environmental...