NHL faces 2nd concussion lawsuit, which claims that Gordie Howe died in 2009

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The NHL was hit with a second concussion suit on Thursday, a major class action lawsuit just filed in US District Court (Southern New York) involving nine former players: Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer, Jack Carlson, Richard Brennan, Brad Maxwell, Michael Peluso, Allan Rourke and Scott Bailey.

Yes, Jack Carlson, whose brothers Steve and Jeff were two of the Hanson Brothers in the hockey classic “Slap Shot.”

This is the second concussion lawsuit the NHL has faced; the first was filed last November.

From the complaint:

As opposed to other elite-level ice hockey organizations, like the European ice hockey leagues and the Olympics, the NHL fostered and promoted an extremely physical game of ice hockey. Through enclosed rink designs and lax rules for fighting, the NHL vectored a culture of extreme violence and packaged the spoils to adoring fans.

NHL faces 2nd concussion lawsuit, which claims that Gordie Howe died in 2009

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MDI widow awarded $1.1 million in wrongful death lawsuit against EMMC doctor

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

EMMC-Eastern-Maine-Medical-Center-LogoELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor woman has been awarded $1.1 million after a jury in a civil trial determined that a doctor at Eastern Maine Medical Center was responsible for her husband’s death.

Thomas Haskell, a real estate appraiser and former sporting goods store owner, was 63 years old when he underwent heart bypass surgery at EMMC on Nov. 9, 2010. He was considered healthy and given a good prognosis for the procedure, according to a complaint filed in Hancock County Superior Court by his widow, Melodie Haskell.

But Tom Haskell had complications after the surgery and experienced significant blood loss, the complaint indicated. He died four days later on Nov. 13, 2010.

Melodie Haskell subsequently filed suit against the Bangor hospital and the two doctors who oversaw her husband’s care, Dr. Francis DiPierro and Dr. Felix Hernandez.

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Family of Killed Bicyclist Files Lawsuit

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The family of a Groupon employee who was killed while riding his bike in Old Town has filed a lawsuit against the man accused of crashing into him, and the company he owns.

Bobby Cann was riding home from work in Old Town when he was struck by a vehicle near Larabee and Clybourn. Police say Ryne San Hamel was driving drunk when he hit Cann. He faces charges of DUI and reckless homicide.

Cann’s family is suing San Hamel and the company he owns, Allyoucandrink.com, for negligence and wrongful death.

The web site offers listings of special nightclub events and drink specials in the city.

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2nd former Chicago State employee files whistleblower lawsuit

March 26, 2014|By Jodi S. Cohen | Tribune reporter

csu-logoWayne Watson, President of Chicago State University, right, chats with Glenn Meeks, Vice President for Administration and Finance during the executive session of the Board of Trustees on Oct 13, 2011. Meeks has now sued Chicago State, claiming he was fired after he raised concerns about Watson.

A second former employee of Chicago State University has filed a lawsuit against the public institution claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting alleged misconduct by the school’s president.

The whistleblower lawsuit brought by Glenn Meeks, the university’s former chief financial officer, comes just weeks after the university lost another wrongful termination case and was ordered to pay more than $3 million to a former employee.

Meeks claims he was fired after sharing various concerns about President Wayne Watson with the then-board of trustees’ chairman, Gary Rozier, including allegations that Watson was having a personal relationship with an employee who was hired and promoted after submitting a falsified resume, in violation of the state employees’ ethics act and university policies.

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Lawsuit: 2 Oak Park women ‘trampled’ at Beyonce concert

By Meredith Rodriguez Tribune reporter 7:28 a.m. CDT, April 3, 2014

Two Cook County women are suing Beyonce, the United Center and Live Nation, saying they were trampled on their way into one of the entertainer’s recent Chicago concerts.

Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson were near the front a large group of premium general admission ticket holders who began gathering in front of a United Center gate several hours before the Dec. 13 showtime, the lawsuit contends.

Another gate was later opened without explanation, prompting the crowd to shift and leading to the two being trampled, according to the lawsuit.

The Oak Park women, both in their early 20s, feared for their lives, according to the lawsuit and their attorney, Thomas Paris. Castellanos broke her ankle and Davidson was knocked unconscious, Paris said.

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Lawsuit: Woman frozen alive in L.A. hospital died trying to escape

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By Victoria Kim April 3, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

The family of an 80-year-old woman is suing a Boyle Heights hospital after a pathologist determined that she was “frozen alive,” “eventually woke up” and injured herself as she struggled unsuccessfully to escape, according to court records.

Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced dead in July 2010 at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights after suffering a heart attack. When morticians received her body a few days later, they found her body face down, with her nose broken and cuts and bruises to her face, injuries so severe they could not be covered up by makeup, according to court papers.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday overturned a trial judge’s earlier decision to throw out the family’s lawsuit alleging the hospital had mistakenly declared her dead and frozen her while she was still living, reviving the legal claim.

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Jury foreman in Chicago State case may have had conflict

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By Jodi S. Cohen and Stacy St. Clair
Tribune reporters
7:34 p.m. CDT, March 31, 2014

The jury foreman in a recent wrongful termination judgment against Chicago State University did not disclose in jury selection that he himself had been sued in a wrongful termination case brought by a relative of a CSU trustee, the Tribune has learned.

The issue could be raised in post-trial motions expected to be filed next week by the public university, which has been ordered to pay more than $3 million to a former employee who claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting alleged misconduct by top university officials.

Though judges are reluctant to reverse jury decisions, legal experts contend the relationship between the foreman and the trustee’s family could meet the extraordinarily high bar set when evaluating juror conduct during the selection process and whether it warrants a new trial.

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Blue Line CTA Crash Injuries, Driver Fell Asleep

chicago-blueline-train-injuryUnion chief: Operator of CTA train that crashed ‘might have dozed off’

A Blue Line train operator may have fallen asleep shortly before her train jumped the platform at O’Hare International Airport Monday and climbed up an escalator at the end of the line, according to her union representative.

Reports from the scene indicate the driver, whose name has not been released, told people she nodded off moments before the crash, said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308.

“I can confirm that she was extremely tired,” Kelly said. “Indications are she might have dozed off.”

More than 30 people were hurt in the crash, though none of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

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Lawsuit between UA student, Best Buy sent to mediation

By Ed Enoch Staff Writer Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.

A lawsuit by a University of Alabama student against Best Buy Stores LP over allegations staff at the company’s Tuscaloosa store improperly copied nude photos of her from her computer has been sent to mediation.

The federal district court judge in the case has instructed the parties to notify the court by Monday of the individuals selected to serve as their mediators, according to an order filed last week.

UA student Nicole A. March filed a civil lawsuit on Aug. 9, 2013, in the Northern District of Alabama. She argued that employees of the store and its technical support service Geek Squad invaded her privacy and breached a customer contract and that the company was negligent in the supervision and training of its employees. The company denies the claims.

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Versailles Restaurant Slapped With Whistleblower Retaliation and Defamation Lawsuit

By Laine Doss Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 2:01 PM

Attorneys have filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Civil Court that claims Versailles Restaurant fired two employees for reporting illegal goings-on at the iconic eatery, including hiring undocumented workers, sexual-orientation harassment, and wage and hour violations.

The lawsuit, which names Versailles and its owner, Felipe A. Valls Sr., as defendants, was filed this past Friday on behalf of former Versailles general manager Rigoberto Hernandez and Adriam Mena, a former waiter there. The suit lists numerous charges the two men claim they witnessed during their time at the restaurant, which attracts some of Miami’s top politicians. Hernandez claims the restaurant’s human resources officer and co-owner, Janet Valls, said that “she could make the undocumented workers ‘disappear’ if they were ever investigated by immigration authorities.

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