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Lawsuit: United Airlines Let Man Fall After Taking Wheelchair Away
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United Airlines is facing a lawsuit alleging that it took a wheelchair away from a passenger in Orlando who later fell. The lawsuit was filed by the 65-year-old passenger, who fell after his wheelchair was taken away by airline employees. "Almost immediately after plaintiff entered the airplane, he fell in a violent fashion, suffering a fractured spine, along with several other major injuries," says the lawsuit. The plaintiff says he has sent several letter and email complaints to the airline, but “they have not responded to any of our requests, and have simply ignored us.”
Paul Brinkman, Orlando Sentinel 03/19/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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USA Gymnastics Asks To Be Dismissed From Nassar Abuse Lawsuit
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USA Gymnastics is asking that it be dismissed from lawsuits involving sexual abuse by sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. In a recently filed court brief, the organization says USAG is not legally liable for Nassar's actions against athletes. To date, 252 individuals have alleged they suffered sexual abuse by Nassar and filed suit against the former doctor. Of those lawsuits, 149 include USAG as a defendant.
Julie Mack, MLive 03/20/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Chevron Responds to Lawsuit, Says It Supports Climate Change Science
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Chevron has responded to a lawsuit filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California alleging it deceived the public about climate change by stating that the company supports scientific conclusions that humans are causing climate change. However, during the recent hearing in San Francisco federal court, an attorney for the company stated that the scientific consensus about greenhouse gas emissions did not fully form until the past decade. Chevron is one of five major energy producers accused of misleading the public about their role in global warming. Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Exxon Mobil Corp, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and BP PLC.
Dan Levine, Reuters 03/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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FAA to Change Regulations After Fatal New York Helicopter Crash
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The Federal Aviation Administration has responded to a fatal helicopter crash that took place in New York by issuing new regulations on seat harnesses. The crash involved a New Jersey helicopter that went down in the East River off Manhattan and resulted in the deaths of five passengers, who became trapped in their harnesses. The FAA says that it will halt such flights that "involve restraints that cannot be released quickly in an emergency." Further, the administration says it will conduct a "top to bottom review of its rules" governing open door flights.
Ted Sherman, NJ.com 03/16/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
New Jersey Concert Promoter Seeks Dismissal of Christina Grimmie Death Lawsuit
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Defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of singer Christina Grimmie are asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed. Grimmie was killed by a deranged fan in 2016 and her family filed suit against the New Jersey concert promoter, alleging it was responsible for her death. However, the defendants are seeking a dismissal of the complaint, stating that Grimmie never signed a contract with the promoter.
Joseph Atmonavage, NJ.com 03/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Ohio Hospital Seeks Dismissal of Fatal Drug Overdose Lawsuit
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University Hospitals of Ohio is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a man's fatal drug overdose. The wrongful death suit was filed by the estate of the 66-year-old man who died of an overdose while under the care of UH Bedford Medical Center Doctors Ghassan Haddad and Haitham Azem. According to the complaint, the doctors prescribed the patient hydrocodone and Xanax despite the fact they were aware he had issues with substance abuse and mental illness. The complaint seeks unspecified damages from the Shaker Heights-based hospital, UH Bedford Medical Center and the two doctors.
Tracey Read, The News-Herald 03/21/2018   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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