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Insane Clown Posse Show Was Too Crazy, Fan Says

By JOE HARRIS (CN) - A fan of the Insane Clown Posse sued the hip-hop group and the organizers of a southern Illinois music festival in Federal Court for personal injury. James Ford, a Delaware resident, says he was among dozens of fans invited onto stage during the Aug. 15, 2010, concert, dubbed as the "Gathering of the Juggalos" at Cave in Rock, Ill. Ford claims he suffered severe and permanent leg injuries after he fell into a modified trampoline on stage. Ford seeks damages for his injuries in the Southern District of Illinois. He is represented by Jeffrey Deutschman of Deutschman &...

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Ex-punter Jim Arnold sues NFL, says he had “several concussions”

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 10, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT Two-time Pro Bowl punter Jim Arnold, who has joined the latest lawsuit against the NFL, says punters suffer brain damage in on-field collisions, too. Arnold told the Detroit News a neurologist examined him about a year and a half ago and told him he suffered “several concussions” during his lifetime. In a career that saw him play three seasons for the Chiefs, seven for the Lions and one for the Dolphins, Arnold says he prided himself on being able to make a tackle on a punt return if he had to....

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Psych Ward May Have Been Overkill for Mom

By LORRAINE BAILEY CHICAGO (CN) - Police and doctors may be liable for institutionalizing a grief-stricken mother who learned that her son had been shot and said, "If something happens to my son, I'll just die," a federal judge ruled. Susan and Thomas Dobrzeniecki live in Sauk Village, a suburb south of Chicago. In November 2009, the Dobrzenieckis' son Peter was shot in the face by an armed robber in Chicago Heights. When the police told Susan about the shooting, she allegedly said: "I'm a good person. Why does this keep happening to me? If something happens to my son, I'll just die." Susan...

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Utility Appeals Loss In Sexual Harassment Case

Consumers Energy is appealing a $300,000 verdict and thousands more in legal fees after a woman won a sexual harassment lawsuit. A federal judge in Grand Rapids recently awarded $684,000 in fees to Theresa Waldo's lawyers. The case was filed in 2006 and went through two trials. Waldo said she was a victim of repeated harassment by men in the utility's transmission lines department. There was evidence that Waldo was required to climb transmission towers on a cold, windy day without proper safety equipment. Utility Appeals Loss In Sexual Harassment Case...

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Overlooked and looked over: women veterans tell their story

by: John Bachtell May 1 2012 CHICAGO -- With extraordinarily high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and skyrocketing suicides, US military veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq occupations urgently need a means to share experiences and deal with the pain and trauma of war. And the growing number of active duty and veteran women in the armed forces need a means to share their unique experiences not least the pain and trauma of rampant sexual harassment, rape, assault and other violence while in the military. Women veterans are sharing their experiences in a powerful and eye opening exhibit at the National Veterans Art...

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Sexual Harassment in the Warehouse

By Kari Lydersen April 20, 2012 "We don’t go to work to be touched, to be talked down to, to be told what our bodies look like. We know what our bodies look like when we put on our clothes in the morning," Uylonda Dickerson said. But constant remarks about their bodies, and unwanted touching, advances, mean-spirited "pranks" and other forms of sexual harassment are a regular occurrence for many of the more than 30,000 women—like Dickerson—who work in the warehouse industry in the Chicago area, according to a report (PDF) released this week by the group Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ)....

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For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield

Posted: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT Updated: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT, By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer A closed- door encounter between two college acquaintances. Both have been drinking. One says she was raped; the other insists it was consensual. There are no other witnesses. It's a common scenario in college sexual assault cases, and a potential nightmare to resolve. But under the 40-year-old federal gender equity law Title IX - and guidance handed down last year by the Obama administration on how to apply it - colleges can't just turn such cases over to criminal prosecutors, who often...

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SECOND Former NFL star kills himself after lifetime of depression

'brought on by concussion during career' - the SECOND in a year By Julian Gavaghan PUBLISHED: 05:29 EST, 23 April 2012 Ray Easterling 'shot himself' at home after struggling to cope with dementia The 62-year-old former Atlanta Falcons star was suing NFL amid claims it covered up links between football and brain injuries He is thought to have developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy - or  'punch drunk syndrome' after repeated blows to the head during career Follows suicides of NFL star Dave Duerson and NHL player Wade Belak Former football star Ray Easterling has become the latest sportsman to kill himself after suffering from depression believed to...

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U of C Agrees to $10 Million Settlement in James Tyree Death

U of C signed the settlement without admitting fault, even though the suit claimed negligence The family of former Sun-Times publisher and Chicago Businessman James Tyree has reportedly agreed to a $10 million settlement with the University of Chicago medical center over a wrongful death suit, according to reports. The 53-year-old died accidentally last year after a dialysis procedure created a fatal air-embolism created when a catheter was removed. Pneumonia and metastatic stomach cancer were listed as secondary causes of death, according to the Medical Examiner. Half of the settlement, about $5 million, will be paid to Tyree's widow, Eve Tyree, and Tyree's...

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Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry

KANKAKEE, Ill. (CBS) — A lawyer is accused of taking his clients’ money and leaving them high and dry, as he tried to decide whether to party in Chicago or California. As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the Facebook page of Illinois attorney Michael Duval says he’s updated his current city to Newport Beach, Calif. One client says Duval posted the question on Facebook — should he ring in the New Year in Chicago or California? Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry...

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7 Rules for Recording Police

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don't physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police. Twelve states-California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington-require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation. However, all but 2 of these states-Massachusetts and Illinois-have an "expectation of privacy provision" to their...

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Daughter of Palos Hills woman killed in ‘11 plane crash sues

The daughter of a Palos Hills woman killed in a 2011 plane crash in Missouri filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Vilma Biliene filed the suit regarding the death of her mother, Violetta Badagliacco, against Chicago-based Neplusultra Corp. and the estate of the pilot, who was also killed in the crash. They were on a single-engine Piper aircraft headed from Palm Coast, Fla., to Eau Claire, Wis., when they disappeared from radar just before 2 a.m. March 27, 2011, according to preliminary findings from the National Transportation Safety Board. Link ...

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Top Democratic staffer steps down amid claims of sexual harassment

By John Frank - jfrank@newsobserver.com RALEIGH -- The executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party resigned Sunday as questions mounted about a secret agreement to pay a former staffer to keep quiet about sexual harassment allegations. Jay Parmley, who served less than a year at the helm of the party, denied harassing any employee and blamed right-wing political enemies for “spreading a false and misleading story.” “Even though I have not done anything wrong, it is clear to me that I need to move on,” Parmley wrote in his resignation letter. “I refuse to be a distraction.” Link Chicago Sexual Harassment Attorney...

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One facility’s record of alleged violence

Chicago police responded to 34 reports alleging battery, assault or sexual violence from 2009 to 2011 at Rainbow Beach Care Center, while health inspectors cited other violence. "The facility vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing and is aggressively defending against" the state citations, said facility attorney Holly Turner. March 2009 to January 2010: An "extremely violent" 54-year-old man repeatedly struck residents, breaking one woman's nose and eyeglasses. Inspectors said the facility did not have a plan for dealing with his aggressive behavior. August 2009 to January 2010: A 43-year-old male resident allegedly assaulted at least seven people in the facility, punching several...

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More CEOs resign amid controversy

MARK HURD, EX-CEO OF HEWLETT-PACKARD In late June 2010, lawyer Gloria Allred, on behalf of former marketing contractor Jodie Fisher, sent a letter accusing Hurd and HP of sexual harassment. A company investigation found no merit to her claims. Through the course of the investigation, though, HP said it discovered that Hurd had falsified some reports to disguise some expenses he incurred that ranged from $1,000 to $20,000 each for meals and travel with Fisher. Both Hurd and Fisher said that the relationship was not sexual. Hurd also insisted that the expenses he made were for legitimate business purposes and offered to pay...

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Report finds many girls and LGBTQ students feel unsafe in Chicago public schools

by Lacy Schley April 12, 2012 Sexual harassment strikes nearly half of Chicago public middle and high school students, according to a report released Wednesday evening by Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). And nearly 65 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer and questioning students feel unsafe, according to the same report. Other statistics released in the report showed nearly 11 percent of Chicago high school girls stated feeling too unsafe to go to school. Link...

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Class Claims AT&T Aids & Abets Cellphone Thieves, for the Profit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - AT&T has aided and abetted cellphone thieves for years by reactivating stolen phones, particularly iPhones, and fraudulently telling customers that it "cannot" block calls to and from the stolen phones - so customers will have to buy new ones - a class action claims in Superior Court. The class claims AT&T does this "in order to make millions of dollars in improper profits, by forcing legitimate customers ...

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Report on Botched Surgery Is Privileged

CHICAGO (CN) - A federal judge refused to order the release of a peer-reviewed report on a surgery in which doctors cut a woman's bowel, spilling its contents into her abdomen and causing an infection that killed her five days later. Maria Quintana underwent an October 2008 elective total hysterectomy at the Mount Sinai Hospital Center of Chicago. "During the surgery, her bowel was lacerated and its contents began leaking into her abdomen," the court explained. "Five days later, she died from an overwhelming infection." She is survived by her husband and four children. Ms. Quintana's estate sued the United States under the...

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NFL wants suit moved to federal court

CHICAGO (AP) – An attorney for relatives of the late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson says the NFL wants to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the league moved from Cook County court to federal court. Thomas Demetrio says he'll fight the effort because he doesn't want the case lumped in with lawsuits filed around the country by former NFL players. Demetrio says the NFL wants the cases consolidated because the separate cases add up to what he calls a "bureaucratic nightmare" for the league. In the lawsuit, Duerson's family alleges the NFL negligently caused the brain damage that led the 50-year-old...

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AAJ Members Alerting the Public to the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Posted by: Michelle Widmann April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted Driving occurs when drivers take their full attention away from the road and instead attempt to either multi-task or focus on texting, talking on a cell phone, grooming, adjusting a radio, or attempting other activities. Distracted Driving is an all too common occurrence in our society today. And it is a dangerous issue that must be address immediately. In fact, studies indicate that each year Distracted Driving results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries. In an effort to draw attention to this epidemic and make our communities...

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Rekia Boyd Lawsuit: Family Of Unarmed Woman Killed By Off-Duty Chicago Cop Sues City

It was an unseasonably warm March night when 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty police officer in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. Boyd was with a group of friends around 1 a.m. near 15th Place and Albany Avenue when off-duty Chicago Police Det. Dante Servin pulled up in an unmarked vehicle and told the group to "shut up," according to her family. What happened next, according to an attorney for Boyd's family, was truly shocking: After a verbal altercation with one person in the group, Servin allegedly opened fire. As the friends ran away, 39-year-old Antonio Cross was shot in his...

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Sexual assault allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro

The Chicago Police Department said Thursday the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is ongoing, and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he hopes the matter is resolved "shortly." "I really can't comment on any of Starlin's stuff," Ricketts said Thursday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think you just have to refer back to his statements and our statements, and we just hope it's behind us shortly." Authorities interviewed Castro on Jan. 12. WBBM reported that the accuser, a woman in her 20s, was at a River North nightclub Sept. 29 when...

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Man Forgives Dog That Bit Off His Nose

Small business owner says he doesn't have insurance A northwest side Chicago man faces a mountain of bills and a long road to recovery after a pit bull bit off a portion of his face over the weekend. Bill Lesinski was visiting his downstairs neighbor at their home near O'Hare International Airport on Friday when the dog, named Monster, attacked him. "When I crouched down, the dog just lunged at me and grabbed me by the face," said Lesinski. "I have a torn part of the septum, the bottom part of my septum, and they have to reconstruct my whole nose." Link...

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Lawsuit: Daughter Fell From ‘Thrilling’ Slide, Broke Arm

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is suing a playground equipment manufacturer, claiming a faulty slide sent their daughter from the playground to the hospital. As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Mark and Linda Jacobs of Chicago addressed reporters at their attorney’s office Monday, about a slide they say was not properly made and caused their daughter to fall. “This slide has a height of 75 inches, which is much taller than what I am,” said attorney Anthony Romanucci. “So you can imagine a fall from the top for a child. It can have devastating consequences.” Link...

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Teacher’s aide fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password

By Emil Protalinski | April 1, 2012, 1:15am PDT Summary: Kimberly Hester, a teacher’s aide at an elementary school, was fired last year for refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors. She is now fighting a legal battle with the school district. You can add this one to the short but growing list of employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. After refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors, Kimberly Hester was fired by Lewis Cass Intermediate School District from her job as an aide to Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan. She is now fighting a legal battle...

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Violent sexual attacks on female soldiers surge…

The Army is pushing more women closer to the front lines and in closer contact with men even as the number of sexual attacks on female soldiers has surged during the past six years. Army figures show that reports of violent sex crimes have nearly doubled, from 665 in 2006 to 1,313 last year. Nearly all the victims were women. Most were young soldiers moving from one post to another, a time when they were most vulnerable, according to “Generating Health and Discipline in the Force,” a comprehensive study into the Army’s mind and body. Army’s ‘chilling trend’ puts women at risk...

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Ex-partner in Big Law blogs it all

By Ameet Sachdev Chicago Tribune reporter March 31, 2012 Steven Harper had a long and successful career as a trial lawyer. He was a partner at Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms, and made enough money to leave the practice in 2008 at the age of 54. He hasn't quietly gone into retirement. Harper is one of the most outspoken critics of large law firms, writing a blog titled "The Belly of the Beast" and self-publishing a novel that paints a harsh picture of life inside a big firm. Link...

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Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7

Man worked for Chicago Streets and Sanitation at time (Chicago Police Department HANDOU) March 29, 2012|By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter A former city of Chicago employee was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for driving drunk on duty and crashing into a crowd of people on a Gold Coast sidewalk in May. Judge James Linn handed down the sentence for Dwight Washington, 62, who pleaded guilty last week to four counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm in the crash that injured seven people. Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7...

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Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor Company will pay back wages and interest to more than 21,000 applicants rejected for jobs at 23 facilities in 15 states; reform hiring practices The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today announced that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination by federal contractors FedEx Ground Package System Inc. and FedEx SmartPost Inc., both subsidiaries of Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. The agreement concludes compliance reviews...

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Mark Rypien is lead plaintiff in lawsuit against NFL over head injuries

By Nathan Fenno The Washington Times Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien has sued the NFL over “repeated traumatic injuries to his head” sustained during his 11-season career. Rypien is the lead plaintiff in a mass-tort suit filed March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. One hundred twenty-six former players are part of the suit, including 14 other ex-Redskins, Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich. The suit alleges the NFL was aware of the risks of repetitive traumatic brain injury but hid the information and misled players, resulting in permanent brain damage of neurological disorders. Link...

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