LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that are paid by the state of Michigan will no longer be able to turn away LGBT couples or individuals because of religious objections under a...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement.
Michigan redistricting deal may lead to new state House map
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 11 of Michigan's 110 House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election under a proposed legal settlement announced Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who said the deal would fix "egregious" examples of partisan gerrymandering.
Jesuit school, others settle Haiti sex abuse case for $60M
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 130 people who say they were sexually abused as children at a now-defunct charity school in Haiti would receive $60 million in a legal settlement with a Connecticut Jesuit school and other religious organizations, lawyers and school officials announced Friday.
Judge: Earlier rulings over inmate care to remain in place
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge who took over supervision of a legal settlement over the quality of health care in Arizona prisons has said the rulings of another judge who previously presided over the lawsuit will remain in place.
Lawyers for the state have argued that U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan, who presided over the settlement before retiring in June, should have been pulled off the case because he didn't have jurisdiction.
Judge raises possibility of throwing out inmate care deal
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding in a legal settlement over the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons has raised the possibility of throwing out the four-year agreement and resuming litigation over inmate care because of the state's pervasive noncompliance with the deal.
New Jersey settles suit over status of Native American group
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's attorney general on Thursday announced a legal settlement that gives official status to a Native American tribe.
Under terms of the settlement, the state also will pay the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation $2.4 million. The state admits no wrongdoing or liability.
Both sides have also agreed that the settlement doesn't give the Lenape federal casino gambling rights.
Ex-Louisiana official doesn’t admit guilt in suit settlement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The legal settlement that ended a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana's former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it, according to documents released Wednesday.
Tom Schedler, who resigned in May as Louisiana's chief elections official, and a female former employee who accused Schedler of harassment agreed to the settlement terms at the end of August.
New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A medical device company in Minnesota will pay investors $43 million in a proposed class-action legal settlement that would resolve one of the last remaining lawsuits involving its bone-growth product.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections has reached a legal settlement that calls for the agency to end the use of pepper spray and punitive solitary confinement at Wisconsin's youth prison.
The deal, filed in federal court Friday, would resolve a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed last year challenging conditions at the prison outside Irma.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would require Kentucky to monitor faith-based foster homes to make sure they don't use public money to evangelize children in the state's care.
PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona is trying for a second time to get a federal judge removed from overseeing a legal settlement that requires the state to improve health care for its 34,000 prisoners.
The request was made as U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan considers whether to hold Corrections Director Charles Ryan in civil contempt of court for failing to make improvements it promised when it settled a lawsuit over health care in prisons.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee's lawsuit.
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has quietly settled a nearly decade-old lawsuit that alleged the owners of some Illinois coal plants evaded clean air laws.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday scaled back legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, dropping certain measures addressed by last week's $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Nassar's victims and revising the time limits that survivors of childhood abuse would have to sue.
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman who accused a police sergeant of throwing her to the ground and stomping on her head outside the emergency room where her boyfriend was treated for a gunshot wound will receive $335,000 in a legal settlement, her attorney said Tuesday.
- The Santa Fe New MexicanNew Mexico settles suit over state police chiefFebruary 26, 2019
- Connecticut PostBlackwell promoted as part of settlementJanuary 8, 2019
- Star TribuneMotorist beaten, kicked by Worthington police officer settles for $60K paymentOctober 11, 2018
- Star TribunePatterson Cos. among dental suppliers in $80M price fixing settlementOctober 1, 2018
- Star TribuneMedtronic agrees to pay $43M to settle investor lawsuitJuly 24, 2018
DENVER (AP) — After 31 years working at a law school in Denver, Lucy Marsh learned that she remained the lowest-paid professor on staff. She also was among the most experienced, surpassed by only one other person.
The disclosure in a department memo set off years of litigation against the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law that ended Thursday with a $2.6 million legal settlement for March and six other women.
City settles lawsuit over boy’s drowning for $5 million
BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston has settled a lawsuit with the family of a 7-year-old boy who drowned while attending a city-run summer camp for $5 million.
A lawyer for the family of Kyzr (KYE'-zuhr) Willis announced the settlement Tuesday, saying it was finalized with the city April 6.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The unrelenting power struggle between North Carolina Republicans and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper landed in court again Wednesday, this time with the two sides tangling over who controls money from federal block grants and a high-profile legal settlement.
Community Action Agency reaches $1.5M settlement with former Argosy owner
SIOUX CITY -- Dozens of local nonprofit agencies will receive an unexpected revenue boost as a result of a $1.5 million legal settlement between a Sioux City nonprofit agency and the owners of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino.
Last week, the South Dakota House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee voted 10 to 3 to kill Senate Bill 84, which would have prevented local governments from keeping legal settlements secret.
Uresti accused of taking ‘blood money’ as criminal trial enters week four
Almost a year after FourWinds Logistics went belly up, Harlingen investor Denise Cantu was feeling helpless with nowhere to turn as she tried to get back most of the $900,000 she invested with the oil field company.
There is a bill of momentous import to South Dakota citizens currently making its way through the state legislature.
Groups accuse Flint of violating legal settlement over water
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint's lead-tainted water have asked a federal judge to intervene because they say city officials have repeatedly ignored requirements that allow monitoring of whether the court-ordered deal is being followed.
New Mexico agrees to strengthen wage-theft enforcement
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal settlement has been reached to shore up New Mexico's enforcement of laws against wage theft by employers who fail to pay or fully pay workers, a coalition of workers' rights groups announced on Wednesday.
DCYF lawsuit reaches potential $1 million settlement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials are predicting a settlement of more than $1 million in the near future in a decade-old civil rights lawsuit against Rhode Island's child welfare agency.
House Fiscal Advisor Sharon Reynolds Ferland told the House committee Tuesday to expect a legal settlement of $1.2 million. But she says the settlement might be "much larger."
WESTFORD -- An appeal challenging Newport Materials's permit to build an asphalt plant has been dismissed, clearing away the final legal opposition the company faced.
New Mexico, insurance firm reach $18.5M deal on unpaid taxes
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest health insurance provider will pay $18.5 million to resolve unpaid taxes to the state dating back more than a decade under a legal settlement with state prosecutors, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday.
Three state insurance regulators who came forward as whistleblowers and exposed the case will split $3.7 million of the settlement.
Correction: McDonald’s-Debit Card Lawsuit story
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 25 about a legal settlement reached with the owners of 16 McDonald's restaurants over the use of fee-laden debit cards to pay employees, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of the settlement, the amount of the individual payouts and the number of recipients. The settlement was for $1 million, not $3 million. Eight lead plaintiffs, not the entire class of 2,400, will collect $1,250 each. Remaining plaintiffs who filed settlement forms before the deadline, a number McDonald's put at just under 300, will receive $100 plus reimbursement of any fees incurred.
Leftover Indian farmer settlement money plan left alone
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court will not reconsider a plan that would distribute $300 million left over from a legal settlement involving the federal government to groups that help American Indians, even though the government's attorneys say the plan is "regrettable" and wouldn't have been approved under a Trump administration policy change.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A legal settlement between ABC and a South Dakota meat producer in a defamation lawsuit over the network's reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime" exceeded $177 million, an attorney for the producer said Wednesday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the size of a legal settlement between ABC and a South Dakota meat producer (all times local):
A lawyer for a South Dakota meat producer says the company's defamation lawsuit settlement with ABC exceeds the $177 million charge the network's parent company reported in a recent financial filing.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Descendants of hundreds of black men who were left untreated for syphilis during an infamous government study want a judge to give them any money remaining from a $9 million legal settlement over the program.
The head of an organization for descendants of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study said the money could help fund college scholarships the group provides, and members would like to develop a memorial garden dedicated to the men.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant rights groups criticized New Mexico taxation officials Wednesday for taking too much time to review past tax filings that could result in refunds to thousands of foreign nationals, under a legal settlement signed last year.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque city leaders may end up paying more than $283,000 to 16 manufacturers that are seeking rebates on natural gas franchise fees.
The city council will review the proposed legal settlement on Wednesday, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/2umf3Zj ).
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Trump administration opposes a bid to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government's infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring victims of the research project.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah State University has agreed to pay $172,500 to the parents of a student killed four years ago when he hit a slack line rope tied between two trees while he was biking on campus, according to documents released by the university following a public records request.
On business: South Carolina bank that all but failed settling with shareholders
The government recently put to rest litigation involving a free-spending South Carolina bank that was teetering on the brink of collapse two years ago.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A string of lawsuits alleging mistreatment of New Mexico jail inmates in recent years has cost five counties more than $20 million in legal settlements and jury awards.
Nearly a half dozen more of the civil rights cases are pending in federal court, each brought by former inmates with mental illnesses who were housed for weeks or months in solitary confinement.
Chiloquin settles suit over free speech at council meetings
CHILOQUIN, Ore. (AP) — The southern Oregon city of Chiloquin has settled a freedom of speech lawsuit filed against it out of court.
The Herald and News reports (https://is.gd/Ai5zze ) that plaintiff Richard Twamley confirmed Monday that his lawsuit against the city was resolved through a settlement. Details on the settlement were not immediately available.
Slow fix: VW diesel owners complain of buyback delays
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen's efforts to do right by owners who unknowingly purchased cars and SUVs that cheat on emissions tests have run into some speed bumps.
Owners say the company isn't delivering on a promise to quickly buy back their vehicles. Some complain about multiple requests for paperwork, even after being told their application was complete.
Mental health settlement overseer says state’s progress slow
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The overseer of a legal settlement requiring New Hampshire to improve mental health services says he may seek court action to force the state to act faster in implementing the terms.
Voters will get say on spending of environmental settlements
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Voters in New Jersey next year will get to decide whether all money collected in environmental contamination lawsuits is used for cleanup and protection efforts.
Lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to the measure with a three-fifths majority in both houses. It will be on next November's ballot.
Under current law, money from legal settlements from polluters can be returned to the state's general fund.
Q&A: A look at questions about a Kansas waterslide death
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a Kansas water park said it will remove a towering waterslide as soon as investigations into the August death of a boy on the ride have concluded. A spokeswoman for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said Wednesday that the company's announcement regarding the plan to demolish the 168-foot-tall Verruckt slide was motivated by uncertainty among patrons to its Kansas City, Kansas, water park and had nothing to do with any potential legal settlements.
DHHS settles same-sex couple’s suit over parental names on birth certificates
The state Department of Health and Human Services will now list the names of same-sex couples as parents on children's birth certificates as part of a legal settlement with a Chatham County couple.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Oregonian, Sept. 15, on the $100 million deal between Oregon and Oracle:
Hood: Legal settlements can’t be kept secret
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi government agencies can't keep legal settlements secret, but leaders of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics say their hands are tied by a federal judge's order.
The bureau in June settled a federal lawsuit brought by employee Mary Katherine Sullivan alleging deputy director Mike Perkins and others sexually harassed her, creating a hostile work environment.
Hartford Archdiocese wins sex-abuse insurance case
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has won a judgment against an insurer it sued for failing to reimburse the archdiocese for payments it made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors.
A federal judge in New Haven ruled against Interstate Fire & Casualty on Thursday and ordered the Chicago-based company to pay the archdiocese $945,000 plus an amount of interest to be determined later.