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Fertility App Premom Faces Class Claims Over Leaked User Information
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On January 21, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois against Easy Healthcare Corporation, the developer of popular fertility app Premom, alleging that the defendant company had been sharing users’ personal information and location data with Chinese companies.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 01/27/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Texas Man Files Suit Over His 'Humiliating' Arrest on 'Live PD' TV Show
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A Texas man has filed a lawsuit alleging he was arrested in a "humiliating fashion" in an incident that was later broadcast on TV. The plaintiff was arrested in January 2019 when Williamson County deputies enacted a no-knock raid on his home and made him perform a sobriety test. According to the lawsuit filed against the sheriff's department and the now-defunct TV show "Live PD," deputies were incentivized to use excessive force and other abuse in the plaintiff's arrest. The show was canceled after the death of a Black man who was chased by police for failing to dim his headlights. A lawsuit has also been filed in his death.
Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman 01/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Background Check Could Have Prevented Sexual Assault of Dementia Patient, Says Family
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A federal lawsuit accuses an assisted living facility in Andover, Kansas, of failing to perform a background check that could have prevented the repeated sexual assault of a patient. The lawsuit alleges that Mapleton Assisted Living facility administrators failed to conduct a timely background check on the staff member who is now charged with sexually assaulting a patient with dementia. The lawsuit filed by the woman's family alleges the sexual assaults were a contributing factor in her death. The woman's family seeks $1.5 million including $750,000 in punitive damages.
Amy Renee Leiker, Wichita Eagle 01/27/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Black Family Says Mob Led by Deputy Attempted to 'Forcibly Enter' Their Home
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A Black family from Pender County, North Carolina, has filed a lawsuit alleging a mob that included a sheriff's deputy attempted to invade their home. The mother and son allege a group of fifteen armed white people led by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy "attempted to forcibly enter" their home on May 3, 2020. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pender County Superior Court cites trespassing, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. The deputy that led the group has since been fired and charged.
Hunter Ingram, USA Today 01/27/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Jesuit High School Teacher Claims she was Forced to Quit to Escape Harassment
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A federal lawsuit filed this week accuses a male employee of Jesuit High School in New Orleans of sexually harassing a teacher. The plaintiff, a former Spanish teacher at the high school, alleges that she was subjected to "inappropriate and sexualized comments" by the 28-year veteran employee of the school on a daily basis. After reporting the man's behavior, school administrators told the plaintiff the school did not have a formal sexual harassment policy. The plaintiff says she felt forced to quit her job because of the fear of ongoing harassment. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages from the school for a hostile work environment and gender-based discrimination.
Della Hasselle and Ramon Antonio Vargas, New Orleans Times-Picayune 01/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
$13M Lawsuit Filed Over Teen's Suicide Days After Release From Facility
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A $13 million lawsuit has been filed over the suicide death of a Portland teen days after he was released from the Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The lawsuit filed by the boy's mother alleges Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University, the operators of the facility, were negligent in the 18-year-old's death. According to the lawsuit, the facility released the teen just 10 hours after he was admitted following a suicide attempt. He took his life two days later. The lawsuit was filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Aimee Green, The Oregonian 01/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Viking Aviation Sued Over Fatal Medical Helicopter Crash in Ohio
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A lawsuit has been filed over the death of an Ohio nurse in a medical helicopter crash. The woman was one of three people killed in the helicopter crash in Vinton County in January 2019. As alleged in the lawsuit, a month prior to the crash, the nurse had reported a "dangerous culture and deficient safety issues" to Viking Aviation, the owner of Survival Flight. The lawsuit accuses Viking Aviation of "negligence, recklessness, willful and wanton conduct" in the fatal incident.
Staff Report, 10TV - WBNS 01/26/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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