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Class Action

 
Kraft Mac & Cheese Makers Facing Class Claims Over Harmful Ingredients
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On April 6, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois against The Kraft Heinz Company over claims that its popular Kraft Mac & Cheese products have improper and misleading packaging, also displayed in its marketing. In the complaint, named plaintiffs Gabrielle Stuve and Jessica Nicodemo alleged that Kraft failed to disclose on the Products' packaging that the items contained, or are at risk of containing ortho-phthalates which are unsafe chemicals that can potentially expose consumers to harmful health issues.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 04/12/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
L.A. to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle Three Lawsuits Over Police Action
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The City of Los Angeles will pay nearly $1.6 million to settle three lawsuits alleging wrongdoing by police officers. One of the lawsuits involved the death of a man who was shot by an officer in an LAPD helicopter. On Wednesday, the City Council voted 12-1 to approve the settlements. In less than six years, the city has paid over $245 million to settle claims involving the Police Department.
Emily Alpert Reyes and Kevin Rector, LA Times 04/07/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Albuquerque Invests $500,000 in Crosswalk Improvements Following Girl's Death
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Officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are investing $500,000 to improve crosswalk safety. The city began studying its crosswalks after the death of a 12-year-old girl in 2018. Her family filed a lawsuit over her death that was settled by the city in January. According to the city's task force, most crosswalks, especially those at elementary schools, do not meet necessary safety standards.
Stephanie Chavez, KRQE News 13 04/07/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed After Pennsylvania Cement Worker Loses Leg in Workplace Incident
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A Pennsylvania man whose leg was amputated following an injury at a cement plant in Nazareth has filed a lawsuit. The plaintiff's leg was injured when an unsecured metal floor grate at the facility collapsed, causing his leg to fall into a rotating blade. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the processing facility's former and current owner-operator and several contractors. The complaint alleges the incident was "predictable and preventable" and that the defendants should have taken action to fix the dangerous conditions.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 04/06/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Texas Supreme Court Allows Suit Against Austin Energy Over Rates
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The Texas Supreme Court will allow a lawsuit against Austin Energy alleging the utility charged illegal rates for electricity. The lawsuit was filed by Data Foundry, a large retail electric customer, and alleged the energy company charged "illegal and unreasonable rates." The state's high court rejected a trial judge's ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing to file suit. The Supreme Court did not rule on whether the 1975 Public Utility Regulatory Act prohibits energy customers from taking to the courts to challenge utility rates.
Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman 04/10/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Staten Island Softball Player Settles Lawsuit Over Broken Ankle for $300,000
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The City of Staten Island, New York, will pay $300,000 to a teen softball player who suffered a broken ankle when she slipped on the field in 2019. The Tottenville High School student filed suit against the city and the Department of Education alleging her injury was preventable. According to her lawsuit, the field had been "in a wet, slippery and dangerous condition for a long time prior to" her fall when she slipped on first base. The lawsuit alleged the defendants were negligent in failing to call off the game.
Staff Report, Staten Island Advance 04/09/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Colorado Man Fatally Shot During Basement Fire, Police Give Differing Accounts
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The family of a man who was fatally shot by police during a basement fire has filed a lawsuit against the City of Lakewood, Colorado. The recently filed lawsuit states that the officers on site gave three different accounts of the shooting. The officer who shot the man stated that the victim attacked him with a stick, prompting the shooting. Others involved say they did not see a stick in the man's hands. The lawsuit states that the 48-year-old man was experiencing a mental crisis and was using methamphetamine when he was fatally shot by a police officer.
Shelly Bradbury, Denver Post 04/08/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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