Residents Receive Clean Water Resolution

Glass Water High Jumping Drops Blue, by pixabay user flotty, licensed by Creative Commons.

Is Flint’s Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Flint, MI has gained national, negative recognition as the lead poisoned town with a contaminated water supply. A poor decision was made in 2014, to gather untreated river water as a source of the town’s potable water. This would serve as a temporary solution while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was constructed. The untreated river caused astronomically high levels of lead in Flint’s residents. Read More

Talk of Fake Butter Spreads to Dunkin Customers

Oooh, donut!, by Flickr user Mark H. Anbinder, licensed by Creative Commons.

Keeping it real

Seemingly frivolous lawsuits are both attention grabbing and thought provoking. The questionable lawsuits often have a deeper purpose than to sue for the sake of suing.  This past March, Worcester, Massachusetts reside, Jan Polanik, filed two lawsuits against the popular franchise Dunkin Donuts. Read more

Police Brutality Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

New Orleans Police Department squad car at New Orleans Pride, by flickr user Tony Webster, licensed by Creative Commons.

“It’s hard to be a saint in the city”

An 11-year dispute finally reached a resolution in the amount of $13.3 million. The lawsuit against the city of New Orleans was filed in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Seventeen plaintiffs in the suit brought allegations against the city, claiming it was responsible for “wrongful deaths and injuries, deprivation of civil rights and lost wages caused by instances of police brutality.” The three major complaints referenced in the lawsuit include a police-related shooting, resulting in the amputation of one woman’s arm and the deaths of two men on the Danziger Bridge; the cover-up of the shooting of a gentleman named Henry Glover; and the beating and death of a gentleman named Raymond Robair, by a police officer. Read More

IKEA Shoulders Weight of a $50M Settlement

GEORGE NAKASHIMA walnut single pedestal desk, by Flickr user Stephen Coles, licensed by Creative Commons.

In good standing?

IKEA furniture has a reputation for being difficult – if not impossible –to assemble. But it is never supposed to be deadly. In December 2016, the Swedish furniture maker reached a $50M settlement for the wrongful deaths of three 2-year-old children who were killed when they were crushed by IKEA’s products. The settlement award will be distributed evenly among the families. Additionally, IKEA will distribute $250,000 among several children’s hospitals and Shane’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes child safety. Read More

Train Crash Victims on Track for Justice

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Blowing off steam

Each year, thousands of people are killed or injured in train incidents. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that the number of train crashes has been increasing since 2013. Two of the deadliest train crashes in the past 25 years happened in 2015. A September 2016 commuter train accident in Hoboken, NJ killed one woman and injured over 100 passengers. In January 2017, a train derailed in Brooklyn, NY, sending dozens of commuters to the hospital. Read More