In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases settled on cheap
GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — The IHOP in Southhaven, Mississippi, was an unlikely place to settle a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Church. But in January a white official from the...
What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment
Oklahoma's $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has...
Q&A: Judgment in Oklahoma opioid suit; more coming across US
The first judgment came Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and...
Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US
The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of lottery players who bought tickets for drawings that were rigged by an insider could be eligible for refunds under a tentative $4.3 million legal...
PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona prisons are seeking another round of contempt-of-court fines against the state for failing to file monthly reports...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's City Council approved a $3.7 million legal settlement to three people injured in a 2014 car crash.
The bulk of the settlement is meant for Kelsey Ibach, who was...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has approved a $60 million legal settlement involving as many as 170 people who say they were sexually abused as children at a now-defunct...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia court clerk sent to prison for stealing large sums of money deposited in her care has settled a civil lawsuit by agreeing to forfeit half of her...
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a legal settlement over the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons has threatened to impose as much as $1.7 million in additional contempt-of-court...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has approved a legal settlement aimed at providing more uniform and predictable access to childcare-assistance subsidies overseen by the New Mexico Children, Youth...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An oil company has agreed to pay federal and Mississippi regulators $3.5 million in penalties and do more to prevent oil spills under a legal settlement filed last...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Financial documents suggested Wednesday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S....
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school district has agreed to apologize to three students who alleged their free speech rights were violated during a national classroom walkout...
- Idaho State JournalFee suit settlement requires Pocatello to mail checks to utility customersJuly 9, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanLawyers discuss claims against New Mexico DPS; governor to unseal settlementsMay 29, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanNew Mexico settles suit over state police chiefFebruary 26, 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
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.
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.
The Community Action Agency of Siouxland and the Belle of Sioux City, which operated the Argosy, and Penn National Gaming Inc., the Belle's parent company, last week settled a suit in which the nonprofit had sought unpaid revenue-sharing funds.
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.
Cantu, 38, texted Carlos Uresti — a man she has described as her counselor, financial adviser, friend and, eventually, lover — to say no one was helping her, not even the lawyers he referred her to.
He’s now on trial for allegedly defrauding her and other investors.
There is a bill of momentous import to South Dakota citizens currently making its way through the state legislature.
It’s called Senate Bill 84 and it aims to change a few things in the state’s public records law. First and foremost, the bill will ban governments in the state from entering into secret legal settlements with third parties.
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.
A group of eight Westford residents filed the appeal last December, three months after the town announced a legal settlement that would allow Newport to open an asphalt manufacturing plant. The settlement, which came after years of the town fighting Newport's efforts, prompted outrage among some in town.
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.