55 year-old William Lopez was exonerated of a 1989 murder conviction in January 2013. Witness reports charged Lopez with the murder of a drug dealer, although no physical evidence was ever found. After 23 years in prison, “Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, helped connect Lopez with his legal team and highlight his case”. The evidence that initially convicted Lopez was weak to begin with, one witness statement was even later recanted. A federal civil lawsuit was set to begin Tuesday October 1, demanding $124 million for false imprisonment. Read More
According to the Huffington Post, A Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic reportedly fired employees because they are transgender. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home and Lakeland Eye Clinic violated federal law by discriminating on gender stereotypes.
At the funeral home in Michigan, an embalmer and funeral director, Amiee Stephens, was fired in 2013 after being employed for six years. She told her boss that she was transitioning from male to female and her boss fired her, according to the EEOC. In 2011, Brandi Branson was fired as the director of hearing services at the eye clinic in Florida. She was also transitioning to become a female and was subsequently fired.
After a long legal battle, Snapchat has come to a settlement with Reggie Brown, who claimed he was a third co-founder of the wildly successful company. “His suit alleged that he had been a third co-founder alongside CEO Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, the technology chief, and that they had kicked him out one month before the photo-sharing app launched in July 2011″. Spiegel and Murphy recently admitted that they did not come up with the idea for Snapchat on their own, and Brown was involved in the process. The company is now valued at $10 Billion, when Brown filed the lawsuit in February 2013 it was valued at $70 million. The terms of the settlement have not been released.
A former intern who sued David Letterman is now apologizing for the lawsuit, saying lawyers forced her into the idea. In an apology letter sent to New York’s Daily News, Mallory Musallam expresses regret over suing The Late Show over unpaid wages. The intern, backed by similar employees dating back to 2008, had filed suit against Worldwide Pants, the force behind CBS’s popular late night television program. Musallam went as far as to claim that she had been treated like a “indentured servant” by Letterman and the staff at The Late Show. The suit was originally filed years ago in the New York Supreme Court, amongst a heard of other lawsuits involving unpaid interns.