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  September 25, 2018

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Lawsuit Seeking to Prevent Release of Violent Offenders in Lakewood, Washington Dismissed
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A lawsuit filed in Washington seeking to prevent the state from releasing violent offenders to residential treatment facilities in the city of Lakewood has been dismissed. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin dismissed the lawsuit, stating she "believes the city’s concerns should be addressed by the state Legislature through the amendment of the Adult Family Home statute or through new legislation." The lawsuit sought to keep people with past violent or sexual offenses from being placed in the city’s state-licensed facilities.
Alexis Krell, The News Tribune 09/24/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Facing Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Retaliation
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination within the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The complaint was filed on behalf of top player, principal oboe Katherine Needleman, who says she was propositioned by another orchestra player. According to the lawsuit, after rebuffing the player, the plaintiff was subjected to 13 years of retaliation while working in the orchestra.
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun 09/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Housing Project in Davis, California Racially Discriminatory, Says Lawsuit
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A federal lawsuit alleges that a housing project in Davis, California discriminates against people based on their race. The proposed West Davis Active Adult Community has advertised its mission of “Taking Care of Our Own," which the lawsuit alleges promotes racial discrimination. The project will house only current residents of Davis, a mostly-white community. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento and alleges that the project will “perpetuate racial imbalance” in the city and violates the Federal Fair Housing Act.
Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee 09/25/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Titan Recalls Weight Lifting Safety Straps for Injury Hazard
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Titan has issued a recall on their weight lifting safety straps due to an injury hazard. As stated in the recall, "The stitching in the strap can come loose causing heavy weights to fall on consumers, posing an injury hazard to the weight lifter." The firm has been made aware of four incidents of strap failure, but no injuries have been reported. The safety straps were sold online only at Amazon.com, eBay.com, Sears.com, Walmart.com and www.Titan.fitness from August 2017 through March 2018.
Staff Report, Consumer Product Safety Commission 09/20/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Over Fatal Shooting at Michigan Lodge Dismissed
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A lawsuit over a shooting at Charity Lodge in Muskegon, Michigan has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed against the city, Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis and Clerk Ann Marie Meisch as well as several employees of the former Charity Lodge by the families of two shooting victims. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court and accused the city and its officials of gross negligence, wrongful death and violating the victims' civil and equal rights.
Lynn Moore, MLive 09/25/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Florida Court Orders $18M Award to Woman in Tobacco Lawsuit
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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a Delray Beach woman is to receive $18 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The plaintiff filed suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco over the death of her 58-year-old mother. She alleged in the complaint that the tobacco company was responsible for her mother's smoking-related death. The plaintiff was awarded $4.5 million in compensatory damages and $14 million in punitive damages.
Staff Report, South Florida Sun-Sentinel 09/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
2 Significant Litigation Benefits of Legal Financing
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A reality of litigating plaintiffs’ claims is that it can be financially straining on a firm to advance case costs throughout the life of a proceeding. Some larger, more complex cases can take years to resolve, potentially even over a decade, and you and your clients need to feel secure that you’ll have sufficient funds to withstand the economic pressures that come with taking a lawsuit to trial or beyond. And yet, you don’t want to turn down the case of lifetime over the operational challenges it may bring.
Erin Delaney, Esq. | Senior Counsel, Counsel Financial 09/25/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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