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Class Action Elevator Lawsuit Against New York Transit Agency Heads to Court
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A class action lawsuit over an alleged lack of elevators at New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority stations is headed to court. The lawsuit alleges the city has discriminated against the disabled by failing to provide them access to subway stations. According to the lawsuit, of 472 subway stations in the city, only 120 are currently equipped with elevators. Back in March, a federal judge ruled that MTA must comply with regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and install elevators at stations currently under renovations.
Staff Report, CBS - New York Local 05/21/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Supreme Court Will Not Hear Service Member's Lawsuit Seeking Right to File Malpractice Suit
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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case alleging service members should be allowed to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the Defense Department. On Monday, the high court declined to hear arguments in the case filed in 2015. The lawsuit was filed by a former U.S. Coast Guard officer and challenged an almost 70-year-old legal precedent. The wife of the plaintiff suffered postpartum hemorrhaging and died hours after giving birth to their daughter.
James Laporta, Newsweek 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Brandeis University Accused of Demoting Black Employee in Act of Discrimination
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Brandeis University is facing a lawsuit by an employee who alleges she was unfairly demoted after another employee was fired for racist behavior. The lawsuit, filed in Middlesex Superior Court, alleges the plaintiff, a black woman, was demoted after the men’s basketball coach was fired for unprofessional and racist behavior. The plaintiff alleges she was “discriminated and retaliated against based on her gender and race.”
Danny McDonald, Boston Globe 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Corizon Health Will Pay Nearly $1M to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit
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Corizon Health Inc. and Corizon LLC, which provides healthcare in jails and corrections facilities across the nation, will pay nearly $1 million to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employ¬ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the lawsuit, the company refused to accommodate employees with disabilities who exhausted their leave under its 30-day medical leave policy and/or the Family and Medical Leave Act. Employees who required more leave due to disabilities were fired, alleged the complaint. The healthcare provider will pay $950,000 to settle the complaint.
Staff Report, The National Law Review 05/18/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Boise State Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment by Food Contractor
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An employee of Boise State University has filed suit alleging she was sexually harassed by employees of the school's food contractor, Aramark. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, who worked as a baker for the university, was subjected to a "sexually hostile work environment." The lawsuit states that Aramark staff and managers made sexual comments and requests to female employees.
Audrey Dutton, The Idaho Statesman 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
California Cyclist Fatally Struck by Trucker, Family Files Suit
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The family of a man from Pleasant Hill, California who was fatally struck by a trucker while riding his bike has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The cyclist was fatally struck last August in Lafayette by the trucker, who is accused in the lawsuit of violating the state's "Three Feet for Safety" act. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, seeks an undetermined amount of monetary damages.
Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle 05/20/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
Can you Improve Your Firm with Litigation Analytics?
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The gathering, storage and use of data exponentially increase each year. As a result, new products for the U.S. legal industry have and continue to emerge. Most claim to provide lawyers valuable insight into how judges will rule, what are favorable jurisdictions, the likelihood of success of varying case types, and more. As the breadth of litigation-related information collection and analysis grows, so too may your desire to utilize it for the betterment of your practice and to gain a competitive advantage. Consider these three things before you commit to acquiring a litigation analytics platform.
Kelly Anthony, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Counsel Financial 05/21/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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