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March 30, 2017
Wells Fargo to Pay $110M to Settle Fake Accounts Claims
Wells Fargo & Co. is to pay $110 million to settle a lawsuit over a fake accounts scandal. The lawsuit was filed against the bank by customers who allege accounts were opened in their name without their permission. On Tuesday, bank officials announced their agreement to pay the settlement, bringing an end to claims in 11 other pending class action lawsuits. Wells Fargo has been accused of allowing its employees to open false accounts, some with forged signatures, in order to meet quotas.
Staff Report, St. Louis Post Dispatch 03/28/2017
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Three New York Metro-North Employees Allege Retaliation for Safety Concerns
Three lawsuits have been filed by six New York transportation employees who allege retaliation for raising safety concerns. The Metro-North power department employees allege they faced punishment for raising safety concerns about their work on the dangerous, highly electrified third rail. The plaintiffs say they were expected to do work without qualified supervision. The complaints, filed in federal court in Manhattan, seek $450,000 in damages for each of the employees.
Matt Coyne, LoHud.com 03/27/2017
Lawsuit Dismissed After Social Services Places Criminal Defendant in Facility
A lawsuit against South Dakota's state-run mental health hospital has been dismissed after a Minnehaha County criminal defendant was placed in another facility. The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Social Services after it refused to place an 18-year-old criminal defendant who was declared unfit for trial. The defendant was sent to the Human Services Center in Yankton, but officials at the facility said they did not have room for the man. The lawsuit was dismissed after Social Services agreed to place the defendant in the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield.
Mark Walker, Sioux Falls Argus Leader 03/23/2017
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Boy Dies of 'Rat-Bite Fever,' Petco Named in Lawsuit
Petco has been named in a lawsuit over the death of a young boy by a diseased pet rat purchased at one of the pet store chain's locations in California. The 10-year-old boy died after contracting an infectious disease from the rat his grandmother bought for him at a Petco in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Two weeks after the pet rat was given to the boy he died of "rat-bite fever" at the hospital. Petco Animal Supplies, named as defendant in the lawsuit, is accused of knowing that "rat-bite fever" can lead to death.
Jaime Chambers, Fox5 San Diego 03/29/2017
Fox5 San Diego
Disabled Veteran Killed by Oregon Deputy, Son Files Suit
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a disabled Army veteran who was killed by an Oregon deputy last year. The 68-year-old veteran was struck on April 29 by a Multnomah County deputy and dragged 95 feet under the patrol car. He died four hours after the incident, the lawsuit states. His son has filed suit against the county, seeking $682,800 for his father's death. The two had reconnected after the veteran moved from Colorado to Oregon to be closer to his son.
Everton Bailey Jr. , The Oregonian 03/23/2017
Flesh Eating Bacteria Wrongful Death Suit Against California Hospital Lawsuit Settled
A California hospital has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the death of a woman by a flesh-eating bacteria. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the three children of the 43-year-old woman who died after contracting necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as "flesh eating disease." The woman's teenage children allege in the lawsuit that Cottage hospital prematurely discharged the woman the same day she was admitted, despite her suffering from a large bruise on her upper chest, breathing difficulties, and nausea. The hospital and the woman's children have agreed to a $600,000 settlement of the lawsuit.
Kelsey Brugger, Santa Barbara Independent 03/25/2017
Santa Barbara Independent
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