Latest Legal settlements News

Family of man who died by suicide in jail awarded $156K

Jan. 15, 2021 3:40 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The family of a Montana man who died by suicide in jail on his third try in 2015 has received a $156,000 settlement from Yellowstone County. Michael Ostby had submitted six requests for mental health care during the nearly two-month period that he was jailed and saw a counselor once...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file, photo, people walk by the logo of Toyota at a show room in Tokyo. Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021,  also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota to pay $180M for failing to report emissions defects

Jan. 14, 2021 1:35 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report and fix pollution control defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., after the accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine. The Navajo Nation's Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

Jan. 13, 2021 8:13 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals....

Judge: Arizona Senate, Maricopa County need to settle fight

Jan. 13, 2021 6:00 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Wednesday refused to order Maricopa County to turn over a raft of election data and copies of all mail-in ballots from November's election to Republicans who control the Arizona Senate, instead imploring the two sides to settle their bitter dispute. Maricopa County Superior Court...

Deal calls for back pay for workers at charity for veterans

Jan. 12, 2021 6:35 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general’s office has reached a settlement in a lawsuit that calls for back pay totaling $1 million for about 100 veterans once employed by a charity organization serving homeless vets. Court documents said the employees of the Veterans Independent...

Court tosses convictions of former Wilmington Trust execs

Jan. 12, 2021 5:46 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned the convictions of four former executives for the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program. A three-judge panel on Tuesday reversed the convictions of the former Wilmington Trust...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, Tremayne Nez stands outside the Coconino County courthouse in Flagstaff, Ariz. Nez, a Flagstaff man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has reached a settlement with the city. The settlement finalized Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, comes nearly seven months after Nez, who is Navajo, filed a federal lawsuit accusing Flagstaff police of ignoring evidence that showed he wasn't a drug dealer. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Arizona man wrongfully accused of selling LSD settles suit

Jan. 12, 2021 4:23 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has reached a settlement with the city of Flagstaff that includes a $75,000 payment. The parties filed a document in court Monday to dismiss the federal case, several months after Tremayne Nez, who is Navajo,...

Woman attacked by Duluth police dog settles for $50,000

Jan. 12, 2021 4:14 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Warroad hotel housekeeper who was bitten by a police dog that belonged to an off-duty Duluth officer will receive $50,000 in a settlement agreement. The Duluth City Council unanimously voted Monday night to approve the deal in a lawsuit filed against the city and Officer Marc Johnson...

$70,000 in settlements in lawsuits over prosecutors' tactics

Jan. 8, 2021 6:15 PM EST

The district attorney's office in New Orleans has so far paid out $70,000 to settle with plaintiffs in a 2017 lawsuit over hardball prosecutorial tactics, including the threat of jail time for crime victims who don't cooperate with prosecutors. Settlements have been made with six individuals and one anti-crime...

Family of sexually assaulted girl settles with school

Jan. 8, 2021 1:13 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who was lured by an online predator to a Pennsylvania hotel where she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted has settled a lawsuit with the school district that issued her the laptop. The lawsuit states that the school-issued computer did not...