Latest Legal settlements News

Woman wrongly charged of arson to receive $100K settlement

Oct. 23, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state fire authority has agreed to pay a woman $100,000 after she was wrongly investigated and charged with first-degree felony arson. The Seattle Times reports that the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority has settled the civil-rights lawsuit with 66-year-old Linda Poplawski of...

Maryland speaker urges governor to settle HBCUs lawsuit

Oct. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's House Speaker is urging the state's governor to settle a lawsuit involving four historically black colleges for $577 million. House Speaker Adrienne Jones sent a letter this week to Gov. Larry Hogan, urging him to end what she described as "a stain on the national...

Ohio governor convenes talks with lawyers in opioid lawsuits

Oct. 22, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he has convened a meeting with the state attorney general and lawyers for cities and counties involved in the national opioid litigation to discuss how millions in settlement dollars might be spent. The Republican governor told The Associated...

New Mexico state workers settle in union dues case

Oct. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has agreed to pay about $16,000 to dozens of nonunion state employees as the result of a settlement over union dues. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that New Mexico Department of Information Technology employee David McCutcheon filed the lawsuit in...

Oklahoma county settles inmate death suit for $12.5 million

Oct. 22, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Officials in northern Oklahoma have agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of an inmate in a restraint chair at the county jail. According to court records, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners took the action over the June 8, 2016, death of 58-year-old...

Baltimore could pay $40,000 to man shot by police officer

Oct. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials are expected to decide Wednesday whether to pay $40,000 to an unarmed man who was shot by a police officer who is currently in prison for the shooting. The settlement is intended to release the city and police department from further liability if approved by the city's...

Washington state shipyard settles lawsuit filed by employee

Oct. 22, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Naval shipyard in Washington State has settled a case with an employee over claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. The Kitsap Sun reports 57-year-old Mark Swalley settled his case against the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for $130,000. The lawsuit filed by the 33-year employee...

Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs lame-duck arguments

Oct. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans tried to persuade the state Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss a union lawsuit challenging their contentious lame-duck laws, insisting during oral arguments that the measures don't violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. A coalition...

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

Oct. 21, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland's Cuyahoga County and...

The Latest: National opioid settlement could be hard sell

Oct. 21, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a settlement in opioid lawsuits (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A group of state attorneys general is pushing officials from other state and local governments to accept a $48 billion deal to settle all the opioid-related lawsuits against two drugmakers and the three biggest...