Is ICE Liable for Detention Center Sexual Assault?

According to recent investigation into sexual abuse in immigration detention, 1,448 allegations of sexual abuse have been filed against Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the past six years, with 237 allegations of sexual abuse in immigration detention facilities in 2017 alone. One such case in 2014 involved a detention center employee grooming and assaulting a …

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Walmart Settles Lawsuit for Selling Gun Used in Murder by Neo-Nazi

In April 2014, self-avowed Neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. shot and killed three people in an anti-Semitic attack at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas. As a convicted felon, Miller was prohibited from owning or buying firearms, and investigators learned another man, John Mark Reidle, purchased the shotgun used in …

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Victims of California Wildfire Sue Utility Company

Three law firms, calling themselves Northern California Fire Lawyers, filed suit against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), claiming the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County is the “direct and legal result of the negligence, carelessness, recklessness, and/or unlawfulness” of the company. The Camp Fire has all but destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte County. …

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Student Wins $5M Settlement in Math Teach Sexual Abuse Case

The Los Angeles School District has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that it failed to supervise a former teacher who molested a student. The settlement comes on the eve of a re-trial, ordered after a change in California’s sexual assault laws. Here’s a look. Suits, Statutes, and Settlements In 2010, math teacher …

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Are Police Liable for Not Stopping a Murder When They’re Warned About It?

Crime happens. The police can’t be everywhere at once, and some criminal activity is either unpredictable or unavoidable. But not all of it. When a woman claims she’s being harassed by a sex offender, and officers determine his actions violate his probation, and he is being investigated for new and ongoing criminal activity, and both …

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Class Action Lawsuit: E-Scooters Are a ‘Public Nuisance’

Electric scooters are all the rage — some people really like them, and the rest of us are mad as hell. Some e-scooter companies have been banned from cities like San Francisco and Santa Cruz after their products have littered sidewalks, caused injuries, and been driven drunk. And a new class action lawsuit against two …

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Federal Judge: Wisconsin Can’t Block Insurance From Covering Transgender Health Care Costs

Under Wisconsin’s administration of health insurance benefits,”[p]rocedures, services, and supplies related to surgery and sex hormones associated with gender reassignment” were excluded from coverage. But a federal judge recently ruled the exclusion violated antidiscrimination measures in the Affordable Care Act, and a jury just awarded two transgender women $780,000 after they were denied coverage for …

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Widower Hopes Supreme Court Will Overturn Ban on Military Injury Lawsuits

While the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) waives the sovereign immunity of the federal government under certain circumstances, but those circumstances don’t include injury claims by members of the armed forces and their families for injuries arising out of or in the course of activity related to military service. That might make sense for combat …

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