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Washington state county settles 3 discrimination lawsuits

Feb. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County officials in Washington state have agreed to pay $750,000 to settle three discrimination lawsuits filed by former employees who worked under the same county prosecutor. The lawsuits focused on the culture under former county prosecutor Mark Roe, who multiple employees...

Late whistleblower officer's lawsuit settled for $500,000

Feb. 28, 2020 12:48 PM EST

A lawsuit filed by a now-deceased Connecticut police officer who helped expose harassment and profiling of Latino residents of East Haven has been settled, an attorney for the late officer confirmed. The wife of the late Vincent Ferrara will receive a payment of $250,000 this year and another next year. She will...

International company settles EPA water pollution lawsuit

Feb. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EST

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A manufacturer of commercial explosives will pay a $2.9 million civil penalty and make substantial improvements to plants in Missouri to settle a federal lawsuit contending it discharged excessive amounts of pollutants into two waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency sued Dyno...

Man awarded $11M after police drug raid ends in shooting

Feb. 27, 2020 8:15 PM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was awarded more than $11 million dollars in a civil lawsuit after he was shot nine times by authorities during a drug raid and left paralyzed. Julian Betton was shot by members of the Horry County Drug Enforcement Unit who fired 29 rounds at him during a...

Washington agency rejects Facebook political ad settlement

Feb. 27, 2020 7:15 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law. The Seattle Times reports that instead of accepting the settlement — a...

If doc's accusers settle with Ohio State, trustee can OK it

Feb. 27, 2020 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If Ohio State reaches a settlement with the men suing over decades-old sexual abuse by the late team doctor Richard Strauss, the chairman of the university's trustees will be empowered to represent that board in approving such matters. Authorizing the chairman to act on the board's...

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

Feb. 27, 2020 2:22 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday. The deal closes years of litigation. The lawsuit accused the Corrections...

Man who sued NYC twice over stop and frisk settles for $10K

Feb. 27, 2020 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who has twice sued the New York Police Department over stop-and-frisk practices has settled with the city for $10,000. David Ourlicht, 32, initially sued the department in 2008, alleging he was wrongfully stopped, as part of a class action suit that helped curb “stop and...

Lawsuit settled in case against school superintendent's son

Feb. 27, 2020 9:28 AM EST

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement involving a former Missouri high school coach accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student while the coach's father was the superintendent of the school district. The Kansas City Star reports that the settlement amount...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, walks through the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California wildfire victims fear coming last in PG&E payout

Feb. 26, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair...