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Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

Jun. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison. The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city attorney...

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law

Jun. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge. Gov. Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat say...

Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit

Jun. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers suing over the toll of opioids asked a judge Friday to allow a structure for all 25,000 municipal and county governments in the U.S. to be paid — if a settlement can be reached with companies that make and distribute powerful prescription painkillers. The approach, if...

Quicken Loans to pay $32.5M to settle lawsuit over bad loans

Jun. 14, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of fraudulently sticking the government with bad mortgages. The deal was disclosed Friday, and the case was dismissed by a Detroit federal judge. The government had accused Quicken of cutting corners...

Utility will remove coal ash from pits near Tennessee river

Jun. 13, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility on Thursday agreed to dig up and remove about 12 million cubic yards (9.2 million cubic meters) of coal ash from unlined pits at a Tennessee coal-burning power plant. Prompted by two environmental groups, the state sued the Tennessee Valley...

USC gynecologist class-action lawsuit gets initial approval

Jun. 13, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has given preliminary approval to a $215 million settlement of a federal lawsuit against the University of Southern California stemming from sexual abuse allegations against a gynecologist who worked there for decades. The judge Wednesday also set a January hearing on final...

Paraplegic man sues, says Avenatti kept settlement money

Jun. 13, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A paraplegic man previously represented by Michael Avenatti has filed a lawsuit alleging the embattled lawyer failed to pay him millions he was due in a settlement with Los Angeles County. Geoffrey Johnson filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Avenatti and his former associates. It...

Ex-Alabama Gov. Bentley settles fired official's lawsuit

Jun. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned amid a scandal, has reached a settlement agreement to end a wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed by his one-time law enforcement secretary who had publicly accused the governor of having an affair with an aide, lawyers confirmed Thursday....

Jury awards duck boat crash survivor $4 million in damages

Jun. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A jury has awarded $4 million in damages to a Montana woman for physical and emotional injuries she suffered after being ejected from a duck boat tour vehicle in a crash that killed five college students and injured dozens nearly four years ago. The verdict is believed to be the resolution...

A look at where Wisconsin's lame-duck laws, challenges stand

Jun. 12, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws that Republicans passed during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The actions in Wisconsin mirror Republican moves after losing...