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Nov 26
2014

A man who spent more than 30 hours trapped in an eight-by-eight foot room in the Cook County Jail has filed a lawsuit against the county. No dollar amount is specified in the suit, but attorneys are asking for compensation for physical, emotional and psychological injuries. Incident Details Farad Polk of Chicago went to visit his son, who was incarcerated at the Cook County Jail, on July 5. Mr. Polk was allowed to enter a room that he believed was a waiting area, but was actually designated for super-maximum-security prisoners. The room was unoccupied and contractors had been...

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Sep 15
2014

The mother of a man who was murdered by another patient while hospitalized has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital. The suit contends that hospital staff was negligent when they placed the woman’s son in the same room as a man with a violent criminal history. Incident Details According to lawsuit documents, Raul Alexander Rios, the 32-year-old son of Giovannina Paloumbus, was admitted to the psychiatric ward at Aventura Hospital, suffering from depression. The family says that Mr. Rios suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia for many years. Early on the day of...

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Jul 22
2014
Portable bed handles recalled after three deaths. Possible lawsuit may be in the works.

Handles designed to help adults get in and out of bed may be the subjects of a lawsuit as three people have died due to problems with the devices. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the manufacturer, Bed Handles Inc. of Blue Springs, Missouri, has recalled 113,000 portable bed handles. Handle Problems According to the agency, the handles can shift out of place if attached without safety retention straps, which can lead to a dangerous gap between the handle and the mattress. The...

Jun 18
2014
A PSU student who worked as a pornographic model has filed a lawsuit against the college and the professor she says fixated on her pornography career.

A former student at Portland State University has filed a lawsuit alleging a professor’s intense interest in her career as a pornographic bondage model made her physically ill and damaged her academic career. The student is seeking more than one million dollars in damages from PSU and the English professor.

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Professor Marcia Klotz taught a class entitled “The Erotics of Power,” which included sexual...

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Dec 10
2013
New York City is taking a hard stance against lawsuits filed when bystanders are injured or killed in police shootouts, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

Since 2011, police bullets have struck 16 bystanders in New York City during shootouts with suspected criminals, yet city lawyers have indicated that settlements in the cases will not be forthcoming. This means that many innocent bystanders could face lengthy court battles as the city takes them to trial rather than settling. Empire State Building Shooting Even nationally televised police-bystander shootings are not immune from the...

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Sep 23
2013

A lawsuit filed by the parents of a 10-year old boy whose female principal stripped him down to his underwear may proceed, according to U.S. Magistrate Judge William A. Webb. The judge denied a motion to dismiss the case against the principal, Teresa Holmes, and the Sampson County (North Carolina) school board.

A judge ordered a lawsuit to move forward, agreeing that a 10-year-old child’s Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated, according to Frenkel & Frenkel.

Strip Search In June 2012, Holmes, who has since retired, required the boy to strip after $20 in the...

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Aug 27
2013
A Houston man whose repeated attacks with a taser at work were published on YouTube is suing his former employers, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A Texas State Representative and her husband, who co-own a Houston car dealership are the subjects of a lawsuit filed by a former employee for assault and battery, as well as failing to provide a safe workplace. According to Bradley Jones, his fellow employees began sneaking up on him nine months ago and hitting him with a stun gun. Court documents state that Jones’ boss, Sam Harless, the husband of State Representative Patricia Harless,...

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Aug 27
2013
After his insurance company refused to pay her medical bills after a motorcycle accident successfully sued her husband for damages, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

After her husband’s insurance company refused to pay her medical bills, Birdie L. Whithorn of Vancouver, was left no option but to sue her husband for a half million dollars due to an accident he caused in October 2008 where she sustained injuries. A jury awarded Mrs. Whithorn $466,323 in damages, including $291,323 in economic damage and $175,000 in non-economic damage. The Accident On October 26, 2008, Mrs. Whithorn was...

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Aug 08
2013
A federal jury awarded a former programmer with $11 million due to royalty infringement, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

EA Sports has suffered several setbacks recently, with a lawsuit filed by current and former college players regarding the use of their names and likenesses without compensation, and the announcement that the NCAA will drop its partnership with EA Sports. Recently, a federal jury awarded the original programmer of Madden NFL with an $11 million plus interest damage award. Creator of First Madden NFL Robin Antonick was the original programmer on the first Madden NFL...

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Aug 08
2013
A man who spent 25 years in prison based on a coerced confession received a $10 million settlement from the city of Chicago, says Frenkel & Frenkel

Eric Caine spent 25 years in prison after falsely confessing to murdering an elderly couple in 1986, and the city of Chicago just authorized payment of a $10 million settlement to compensate him for his ordeal. Caine’s was the latest in lawsuit settlements that involved false confessions by those who were interrogated by police under the command of Commander Jon Burge. These lawsuits have cost the city nearly $70 million.

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