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Tesla Fires Back at Employee Who Alleges Termination for Safety Complaints
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A former executive at Tesla has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging he was fired for reporting “unsafe and unhealthy” working conditions at a plant in Fremont, California. Last week, Tesla replied to the lawsuit and alleged the plaintiff was fired for “bullying,” “harassing workplace behavior” and “inappropriate comments.” The plaintiff claims an audit of the Fremont facility “revealed numerous instances of lack of treatment of Tesla employees that suffered workplace injuries.” The plaintiff was employed at Tesla from February to June of last year.
Ethan Baron, San Jose Mercury News 06/11/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$45M Awarded to Woman Hit By Falling Shopping Cart at New York Mall
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Forty-five million dollars has been awarded to a woman who was struck in the head by a shopping cart that fell four stories at a New York shopping mall seven years ago. The woman was hit by the cart that was pushed over a walkway at the mall by two boys nearly seven years ago. She continues to suffer from diminished cognitive abilities, double vision, incontinence and memory loss, the lawsuit alleged. Named as defendants in the lawsuit were the mall and Planned Security Service, which provided security for the mall.
Jacey Fortin, The New York Times 06/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Salmon Farm Worker Settles Lawsuit After Losing Two Fingers On The Job
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A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by an ocean-based salmon farm employee who lost two fingers on the job. The plaintiff was working in Maine over a year ago when he lost two of his fingers in an accident on a barge. The lawsuit was filed against True North Salmon US Inc. and Cooke Aquaculture USA Inc. in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The lawsuit has been settled for an undisclosed amount.
Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News 06/16/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Personal Injury

 
Maryland Marriott Blamed in Lawsuit Over Man's Spinal Injury During Conference
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A California man has filed a lawsuit against Marriott alleging an injury at a conference caused him “the loss of sexual relations” with his wife. The personal injury complaint was filed against Marriott International and its Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland. The former Orange County Treasurer and Tax Collector alleges he was injured when a hotel employee “negligently, carelessly and recklessly pushed a luggage cart into” him. Because of the injury, the plaintiff underwent “a number of spinal surgeries over the following year” and is no longer able to have sex with his wife, says the complaint. An amount of monetary damages sought by the plaintiff has not been determined.
R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly 06/15/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Defendants in Louisiana Explosion Lawsuit Seek Transfer of Case
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Packaging Corp. of America, Boise Packaging & Newsprint LLC and Rick Butterfield are seeking the transfer of a personal injury lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The lawsuit was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge by people who allege they suffered injuries in an explosion that occurred at a plant in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. As stated by the defendants, “Removal is proper because this court has diversity of citizenship jurisdiction over the litigation.” The plaintiffs seeks damages for ”past and future medical expenses, loss of wages and earning capacity, pain and suffering, enjoyment of life, impairment and disability and scarring and disfigurement."
Sandra Lane, The Louisiana Record 06/16/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Youth Home Accused in Lawsuit Over Teen's Hanging
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The Muskegon River Youth Home in Michigan is facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a teenager who committed suicide at the facility. According to the lawsuit, the 17-year-old boy was left hanging by a bed sheet for three minutes after he was discovered by staff officials. The lawsuit filed by the parents against the youth home, its administrators and workers, alleges that the facility failed to administer required checks every 15 minutes. The teen was suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies after a breakup with his girlfriend, the lawsuit states. The teen died six days after he was taken to the hospital following his hanging.
John Agar, The Idaho Statesman 06/14/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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