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Lawsuit: Fox News Made Employee 'Scapegoat' In Sexual Harassment Investigation
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A fired Fox News executive has filed a lawsuit alleging that the network used him as a "scapegoat" in a sexual harassment investigation. The lawsuit was filed against Twenty-First Century Fox America by Francisco Cortes who alleges that the network purposefully commented on settlement of harassment claims against him by a former Fox contributor. The complaint states that Fox made the plaintiff a "scapegoat" in order to "demonstrate that it aggressively handles sexual harassment complaints." The plaintiff is seeking $48 million in damages against the network and two individuals.
Kyle Swenson, The Washington Post 07/26/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Georgia Day Camp Shuts Down After 5-Year-Old Drowns
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A Georgia nature center has closed after the drowning death of a 5-year-old child. The Cochran Mill Nature Center in Chattahoochee Hills was closed after the young boy died at a summer day camp on Friday. Camp officials were unaware that the child had wandered away while 13 campers were allowed to splash in shallow water during the camp. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, or DECAL, shut the camp down on Monday after discovering that it was unlicensed. A spokesperson for DECAL stated that the child's death is still under investigation and that several campers and staff members will be interviewed.
Alexis Stevens, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 07/25/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Pan Am Railways Facing Lawsuit Over Worker's Hand Amputation
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Pan Am Railways is facing a lawsuit by a former employee who alleges the company's negligence led to a workplace injury that caused him to lose his hand. The lawsuit was filed last month in New York Supreme Court in Schenectady against the Massachusetts-based company. The plaintiff was injured after an object knocked him from the train, causing severe injury to his arm, which was partially amputated. According to the complaint, Pan Am failed to ensure the area where the train was traveling was free and clear of any trees, vegetation, and any other potentially dangerous objects. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that the defendant should have suspended some operations "in light of the poor weather conditions and visibility" on Dec. 15, when the accident took place.
Paul Nelson, Albany Times Union 07/21/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Myrtle Beach to Pay $300,000 in Rug Fall Lawsuit
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The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been ordered to pay $300,000 to a woman who filed suit against the city after she was injured when she tripped on a rug at the city's Base Recreation Center. A judge ordered the city to pay the amount to the plaintiff in a judgment on July 5. However, the plaintiff's attorney stated that the city's representation indicated that it would appeal the decision. The plaintiff filed suit against Myrtle Beach in January 2016 over an April 2015 fall in which she suffered a concussion, a black eye, and neck and back issues that required ongoing treatment.
Chloe Johnson, The Myrtle Beach Sun News 07/19/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Ex-California Fire Chief Awarded $2.1M in Discrimination Lawsuit
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The city of Chula Vista, California, has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed against it by a former deputy fire chief for $2.1 million. The lawsuit was filed against the city by the chief after he was fired in an allegedly discriminatory manner. The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff was fired from the fire department because of his age and disability. At the time of his termination, the plaintiff's salary was $150,000. Of the $2.1 million settlement, $1.2 million was awarded to the plaintiff for lost wages and emotional distress. The remaining $900,000 of the settlement was awarded for all other claims, including attorneys’ fees and costs.
Allison Sampite-Montecalvo, San Diego Union Tribune 07/20/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Study Shows Majority of Deceased Pro Football Players Had C.T.E.
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A study published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 110 out of 111 brains from deceased professional N.F.L. players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. The study was conducted by Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, and included a total of 202 deceased football players. All but one of the deceased that played for the N.F.L. showed signs of the degenerative brain condition. While C.T.E. affects players of every position, the largest group affected, according to the study, is lineman, who accounted for 44 of the total number of C.T.E. cases. People who study brain trauma say that the accumulation of seemingly benign, non-violent blows to the head, like those suffered by linemen, are likely to cause C.T.E.
Joe Ward, Josh Williams and Sam Manchester, The New York Times 07/25/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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