10.31.07

Mother Sues Hospital Over Son’s Staph Infection Death

Posted in Medical Malpractice at 1:02 pm by kevin

In New York, the mother of a 12-year-old boy who went to Bedford-Stuyvesant elementary school, is suing the local hospital over the death of her son. According to the allegations, emergency room doctors at the Kings County Hospital were negligent in failing to diagnose a serious staph infection known as MRSA.

The doctors gave the child Benadryl and sent him home with his mother. The mother is suing for $25 million on the heals of what may be a localized outbreak of this kind of infection. Unconfirmed reports also state that a couple other students at different local schools have also been infected.

10.25.07

Anti-Poverty Agency Sues Town for Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination at 11:29 am by kevin

Anti-poverty agency South Middlesex Opportunity Council is suing the officials and residents of Framingham, Massachusetts for discrimination. The lawsuit, filed in Boston, is claiming that town officials and two residents have violated the civil rights of the disabled people they represent.

According to the lawsuit the Framingham officials and residents engaged in a “not in my backyard” effort to rid the town of the disabled residents in a group home. In addition, the allegations claim that the officials and residents illegally delayed the expansion of the group home.

The most recent lawsuit is the third in two years against the city claiming civil rights violations.

10.18.07

Family of 4-year-old Killed by Police Sue

Posted in Wrongful Death at 8:40 am by kevin

The family of 4-year-old Daviay Legrand, who was killed by police responding to an emergency call is suing for $8 million. A rookie officer for the Allentown, PA police department ran a red light, pushing another officer’s car into two children who were observing from the sidewalk at the time.

Daviay’s mother and two siblings witnessed the car running into Daviay and Jason Marcelle who suffered two broken legs as he tried to pull Daviay to safety. The city’s liability in this case is limited to $500,000 for all victims.

The rookie officer has a history of receiving speeding tickets before joining the police force and remains suspended without pay. The police union has filed a grievance in order to have the rookie officer returned to duty.

10.11.07

American Electric Power of Ohio Settles $4.6 Billion Lawsuit

Posted in Environmental at 4:32 pm by kevin

Coal-fired power plant American Electric Power of Ohio has settled a $4.6 billion lawsuit for polluting eight different states. The U. S. government calls this the largest environmental settlement on record.

The company has been held accountable for creating smog and acid rain that had lead to a number of respiratory ailments and even the disruption of aquatic life. As part of the settlement, American Electric Power has agreed to pay $60 million in cleanup costs, a $15 million fine and cut emissions by 2/3 over the next 10 years.

10.04.07

Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Mormon Church, Boy Scouts

Posted in Abuse at 8:54 am by kevin

A sexual abuse lawsuit against the Mormon Church and Boy Scouts of America is picking up steam as more men have come forward with similar allegations. Four more men have joined the previous two “Jack Does” in claiming abuse suffered at the hands of the same church and scout leader.

Timur Dykes, a former Mormon spiritual leader and scout leader and previously convicted sex offender is at the heart of this case as the one accused of sexual assault. Dykes has not been named as part of the lawsuit, however. The lawsuit is seeking $25 million in damages from the two organizations.

A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America defended the organization saying that they work hard to protect the boy scouts from predators. Two years ago, an official with the Boy Scouts who headed up a national task force to protect children from sexual abuse was himself convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography.