Under homeless deal, Denver will give notice before seizures
DENVER (AP) — Denver will give homeless people notice before confiscating their belongings and make it easier for them to retrieve seized items under a proposed settlement of a federal class...
The Latest: US Judge asks for revision of Motel 6 settlement
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's review of a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests (all times local):
A federal judge has asked for more information before he approves a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests who say employees of national budget chain shared their private information with immigration officials.
Rhode Island named lead plaintiff in suit over Google lapse
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been named the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Google's parent company.
State Treasurer Seth Magaziner said Tuesday a federal court in California approved his motion to make Rhode Island's public employee retirement system the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.
2 lawsuit filed over Rhode Island natural gas outage
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Newport have filed class action lawsuits over the natural gas outage on Aquidneck Island.
Lawyer Brian Cunha filed two lawsuits Monday against National Grid and pipeline operator Enbridge Inc.
One lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight residents and the other on behalf of three businesses.
Portland glass maker settles class action lawsuit for $6.5M
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland glass manufacturer has settled a class action lawsuit brought by neighbors over concerns about toxic air pollution.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the $6.5 million settlement with Bullseye Glass Co. will allow for cash payments for over 2,000 households in southeast Portland neighborhoods surrounding the glass maker.
Motions seek to dismiss Oklahoma human trafficking lawsuits
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two motions to dismiss federal human trafficking lawsuits against an Oklahoma couple and several companies they operate are pending, including one that's been awaiting action for more than a year.
Wisconsin strip club reaches $400k settlement with dancers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin strip club has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle dancers' claims that they were paid essentially nothing for their performances.
Teriana Jones, who worked as a stripper at Cruisin' Chubbys Gentleman's Club, filed a federal class action lawsuit in 2017 alleging club managers required dancers to share tips to such an extent that dancers weren't paid minimum wage or overtime. The class includes about 109 dancers.
Pennsylvania agrees to deal for inmate hepatitis C treatment
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's prison system is moving to settle a lawsuit by agreeing to provide an expensive prescription drug treatment regimen for prisoners who suffer from chronic hepatitis C infections.
The Corrections Department and lawyers for thousands of inmates filed a proposed settlement this week of a 4-year-old federal class action lawsuit.
Lawsuit: Atrium Health cheated workers out of benefits
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal class action lawsuit alleges Atrium Health falsely claimed to be a government entity and cheated employees out of retirement benefits.
Lawsuit: Kansas foster care system harming children
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says foster children in Kansas are shuffled between homes and facilities so much that they can be essentially rendered homeless while in state custody.
State sued over involuntary psychiatric boarding
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of psychiatric patients being involuntarily held in hospital emergency departments.
Ex-US attorney sues company over robocalls
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A retired U.S. attorney in New Hampshire has filed a federal class action lawsuit against a Virginia-based company over being "bombarded" with unwanted robocalls.
The Portsmouth Herald reports Richard Dashbach claims in his lawsuit filed against Wyatt Investment Research Sept. 18 that the firm violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Judge orders Dallas County to revise bail system
DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Dallas County to stop setting bail for felony and misdemeanor defendants solely according to a set schedule.
U.S. District Judge David Godbey issued a preliminary injunction Thursday against the Dallas County bail system in a class action lawsuit filed by several civil rights advocacy organizations.
Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns.
Philadelphia agrees to overhaul property seizure law
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has agreed to overhaul its civil forfeiture laws as part of a proposed lawsuit settlement announced Tuesday, limiting what law enforcement officers can seize and how it can use the proceeds.
The Latest: Lawsuit filed over natural gas explosions
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on natural gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local):
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company on behalf of residents impacted by natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the law firm Morgan & Morgan.
Workers sue over injuries in Wisconsin refinery explosion
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Contract workers are suing Husky Energy for injuries they received in an explosion at the company's oil refinery in northern Wisconsin this year.
The civil lawsuit is separate from a class action lawsuit filed earlier against Husky by residents in Superior. The seven men from Texas and Louisiana were among 36 injured in the April 26th explosion and fire at the state's only oil refinery.
Lawsuit: Oil refinery owners negligent in blast, fire
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that negligence by the owners of Wisconsin's only oil refinery caused an explosion and fire that injured 36 people and caused a mandatory evacuation in the city of Superior.
Northeast dairy farmers paid in class action lawsuit
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement, nearly nine years after some farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative.
Dairy farmers of America this week paid an average of $4,000 to nearly 9,000 farms to settle a lawsuit that accused the marketing group of trying to drive down milk prices.
Nursing home residents may get $640 average payout from suit
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — About 450 residents of a troubled nursing home in Syracuse could get an average of $640 each under the terms of a pending class action lawsuit settlement.
Official testifies about arrests of married immigrants
BOSTON (AP) — Two immigrants facing deportation and a federal immigration official have testified in a class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's policy of arresting immigrants as they apply to become legal residents through marriage.
Lilian Calderon, of Rhode Island, and Lucimar de Souza, of Massachusetts, spoke Tuesday in Boston federal court about the impact of their arrests after attending required government interviews.
Judge weighs suit challenging arrests of married immigrants
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents.
Lawsuit challenging immigrant arrests goes before judge
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the arrest of immigrants seeking legal residency through marriage.
The Monday hearing will address the government's arguments to dismiss the class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, as well as the ACLU's request for temporary relief for its clients while the case continues.
Court asked to monitor Chemours’ messages to plaintiffs
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for residents suing a company that makes a chemical that's been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant have asked a federal judge to supervise communications between the defendant and their clients.
Judge dismisses part of industrial fire lawsuit
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit in connection with an industrial fire in West Virginia.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over rape kit backlog
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by thousands of women and minors against current and former Houston officials over delays in testing of rape kits.
The lawsuit alleged the officials allowed the delays, meaning suspects remained free and justice was denied to the victims.
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Laid off NECCO workers file class action lawsuit
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Employees of a Massachusetts candy plant who recently lost their jobs are suing the Connecticut-based company that laid them off.
The New England Confectionery Co. closed suddenly last week, and according to workers in the lawsuit, did not follow federal layoff protocol.
Dexter Main, of Lynn, and Francesco D'Amelio, of Revere, filed a class action Friday, alleging that the company owes the nearly 230 laid-off employees 60 days of back compensation.
Lawsuit Alleges Kushner Cos. Pushed Out Tenants
Homeless shelter settles lawsuit filed over bedbugs
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines homeless shelter has settled a class action lawsuit filed for several dozen people over bedbugs that had infested the facility.
A Polk County District Court judge preliminarily approved the settlement Tuesday and scheduled a settlement hearing Aug. 17 to hear any objections to it.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge says six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct can proceed with their class action lawsuit against the television and film company he co-founded.
The judge's ruling Tuesday granted a motion to lift an automatic stay on pending litigation against the Weinstein Co., which was forced into bankruptcy after the sex scandal exploded in October.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A class action lawsuit that alleges insufficient logging of Oregon's forests can go to trial without first being reviewed the Oregon Court of Appeals.
The Capital Press reports that Linn County Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy has rejected a motion by the State of Oregon to allow for an "interlocutory appeal" on legal questions before the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Clarification: High Power Bills story
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story May 29, The Associated Press reported that Central Maine Power denied a public advocate's request for confidential documents related to power bills. The advocate's request was for the documents to be released to the public. He already had access to the documents.
A new version of the story is below:
Some Central Maine Power customers plan class action suit
Supreme Court ruling against class action lawsuits is a blow for workers – and #MeToo
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore
PAGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis suburb that was accused of abusive cash-generating ticketing tactics has agreed to repeal ordinances and dismiss some court cases to settle a class action lawsuit.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for gold miners in South Africa who got lung diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining companies.
The Legal Resources Centre, a South African group, said Thursday that the deal provides for "meaningful" compensation from the companies, which have estimated the total settlement cost at $395 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to review the settlement of a class action lawsuit involving Google, where the settlement agreement largely directed money to organizations rather than search engine users.
The court agreed Monday to take the case. The lawsuit involves Google users who sued saying Google violated privacy rights by disclosing to websites the search terms users entered to get there.
Ruling reversed for some New Orleans-area flood victims
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Washington appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that held the federal government liable for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other major storms — a ruling that could have resulted in damage payments for residents and businesses of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward and neighboring St. Bernard Parish.
A Pittston construction firm agreed to pay up to $950,000 to settle a federal class action lawsuit that alleged it wrongly denied overtime pay to certain employees.
Linde Corporation, 118 Armstrong Road, agreed to pay $636,500 to 73 employees who contend they were denied overtime for hours they worked between March 22, 2013, and Jan. 2, 2016. An additional $313,500 will be paid to Dresher attorney Peter Winebrake and Clarks Summit attorney Brian Petula, both of whom filed the lawsuit.
A former solder in Connecticut has won an eight-year fight against the Army to upgrade his discharge status from general to honorable.
Surly settles $2.5 million class action lawsuit over mandatory tip-pooling
Surly Brewing Company has settled a $2.5 million class action lawsuit launched by employees accusing the Minneapolis brewery of violating state law by allegedly making tip-pooling mandatory, firing some who balked at the practice and by unfairly distributing gratuities among staffers.
“We are pretty excited about what the class gets,” said Steven Andrew Smith, the plaintiffs’ attorney. “We believe it’s the largest tip-pooling settlement in the history of the state.”
Houston man sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica on behalf of 50 million users
A Houston lawyer has launched a sweeping class action lawsuit against Facebook for breaching the trust of millions of users by sharing personal data with a company that used it to post targeted political ads.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court has decided a lawsuit filed by medical offices that treat state Medicaid patients over a new billing system they say failed to pay them can't go to trial.
The medical practices say they weren't getting reimbursed for work when the "NCTracks" system began in mid-2013. They filed a class action lawsuit against the state health agency and system vendor.
Class action lawsuit filed on behalf of juveniles placed on sex offender list
The attorney who successfully sued to keep a 15-year-old boy's name off the state's Sex Offender Registry now is seeking to file a class-action lawsuit for those who the Nebraska State Patrol did list.
Attorney Joshua Weir said it ruined the lives of the seven -- listed only as Johnny Doe I through VII -- and dozens of others.
"It's been devastating," one said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Foreign workers hired to pick blueberries sue farm
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of about 600 foreign farmworkers, including some who staged a strike over working conditions at a blueberry farm in northwestern Washington last summer.
James Damore sues, says Google blacklists conservatives, discriminates against white men
Former Google employee James Damore filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the tech giant, alleging discrimination against conservative and white male employees.
The former software engineer worked for Google from 2013 until August when his employment was terminated.
Workers on luxury Denver building win $800K settlement
DENVER (AP) — More than 150 workers who helped install drywall in a new luxury high-rise in Denver will share in a settlement of over $800,000 in a class action lawsuit over unpaid wages.
Air Force vet who was part of 1966 nuclear cleanup seeks class action lawsuit
A motion for a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of U.S. airmen who allege they suffer from health issues as a result of cleaning up one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history.
The motion was filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C., by law student interns with Yale's Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin is named as the defendant. The VA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 Spain H-bombs accident
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.