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Lawyers for NYPD whistleblower awarded $1.1M for fees
Lawyers for NYPD whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft have been awarded $1.1 million in fees — far less than the $4.6 million they wanted.
57 points by Daily News | New York City Judge Lawyer Dispute resolution Manhattan Civil procedure Fee Lawsuit
Ohio public-records mediation a smart move for state and its citizens: editorial
Peace at last? A new Ohio mediation option applauded by the editorial board could stop the long, costly battles over public records between citizens and state and local governments. The Ohio legislature deserves a thumbs-up for giving citizens a way to dig into public records without forcing them to dig deep into their pockets.  Under Substitute Senate Bill 321, which passed in June and goes into effect Sept. 28, citizens denied public records by a government entity in Ohio will be able to opt for a $25 mediation process through the Ohio Court of Claims instead of having to file a lawsuit and thereby forcing the government to defend itself in court. Mediation should ensure that more Ohioans are able to take advantage of the state's open records law, which is the hallmark of good, transparent government.  Mediation part of public records bill Currently, citizens denied public records have only one legal remedy: a mandamus action, or a writ, through the courts forcing the government to turn the public records over. But litigation can be a sky-high barrier for many record-seeking citizens who lack the money to hire a lawyer.  Soon, rejected citizens will be able to pay $25 to file a complaint in their county clerk's office for the Ohio Court of Claims, which will then attempt to mediate the problem. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> If mediation fails, a special master steps in and gives the Court of Claims judge an advisory opinion. The judge can then issue a legally binding decision. That ruling is appealable, but the idea is that most of these disputes will be resolved efficiently within weeks, not months, by an independent, third party. About 28 states already offer mediation as a way to resolve public-records disputes, said Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.   Hetzel supports the new Ohio law, as does state Auditor Dave Yost and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Yost and DeWine said they will likely dismantle their programs to mediate public-records disputes. Ideally, there should be no need for mediation or lawsuits. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 has a right-thinking view of how public records should be handled: Public records (with some reasonable exceptions, such as personal information about law-enforcement personnel) should be "promptly prepared and made available for inspection ( or copying) to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours." And the requester need not even give her or his name. Despite the clarity of Ohio law, it is not unusual for some cities and villages to thumb their noses at it and refuse to turn over consultant contracts, mayor's schedules, public officials' garage-door logs and other documents on the flimsiest excuses.  If public-records mediation works as it should, it will give many citizens an opportunity to pry those records free without costly dramas. That's how it should be. Gray skies during Sunshine Week Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Law Dispute resolution Mediation Government Ohio Attorney General Judge Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
Jimmy Choo gets sued by its co-founder amid Fashion Week
Former Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon has made good on her threat to sue her former employer.
11 points by New York Post | Dispute resolution Jimmy Choo Ltd Jennifer Lopez Plaintiff Pleading Shoe Appeal Luxury brands
Disbarred attorney arrested on warrant after lawsuit
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A disbarred attorney, whose clients have accused her of embezzling $1.5 million of their money, has been arrested after failing to come to a court hearing in a civil lawsuit against her. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2cA3jg0 ) reports that Julie Kronhaus was arrested Tuesday after an ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Orlando Florida Orlando Sentinel Dispute resolution Lawsuit Internal Revenue Service Civil procedure Appeal Lawsuits
Ex-Idaho HS football player pleads not guilty in coat hanger case
John Howard, who now lives in Texas, was in court Tuesday on the felony charge of forcible sexual penetration by the use of a foreign object.
17 points by Daily News | Sexual intercourse Human sexual behavior High school Appeal Oral sex Texas Crime Dispute resolution
Wells Fargo to pay $150 million-plus over allegations its workers opened fake accounts
City and federal officials have reached a settlement of at least $150 million with Wells Fargo over allegations that the bank’s employees, driven by strict sales quotas, regularly opened new accounts for customers without their knowledge. The settlement, according to documents reviewed by The Times,...
8774 points by Los Angeles Times | Wells Fargo Lawsuit Bank of America Credit card Los Angeles Bank Fraud Dispute resolution
Fired Greenville police officer sues the city, police chief
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former Greenville police officer has sued Police Chief Ken Miller and the city in U.S. District Court. Local media report that Joshua Pratt says in the lawsuit that he was improperly suspended and fired for a mistake in an affidavit. Pratt's lawsuit says he thinks ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Constable Protest Lawsuit Police Dispute resolution Civil disobedience Protests Appeal
Judge slaps down N.Y.'s defense of delays in Bronx trials
The judge compared the delays to something out of the pre-Civil Rights South.
198 points by Daily News | Lawyer United States Court Judge Appeal Manhattan Dispute resolution The Bronx
Court hearing on SpeedVegas set for April 6
A hearing has been set for April 6 in Clark County District Court to consider an emergency motion to close the SpeedVegas track south of Las Vegas where customers pay to drive or ride in cars that go more than 150 mph on a 1½-mile course.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Pleading Service of process Civil procedure Driving Plaintiff Cause of action Judge Dispute resolution
Lawsuit filed over fatal shooting at Markham nightclub
The aunt of a 26-year-old man who was killed at the former Adrianna's nightclub in Markham two years ago has filed a lawsuit alleging club officials knew it attracted a dangerous crowd but failed to take steps to ensure customers' safety. Christopher Hooper was shot and killed at Adrianna's in...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Pleading Plaintiff Crime Lawsuit Request for Comments Dispute resolution SouthtownStar
Judge Refuses to Dismiss ‘Timeless’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that NBC’s “Timeless” is a ripoff of a Spanish TV time travel series. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson, in a ruling issued on Wednesday, denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Sony and other defendants had asked the court to toss the case. Onza Partners, producers... Read more »
1397 points by Variety | Time travel Civil procedure Dispute resolution President of the United States Dispositive motion United States magistrate judge Judgment Plaintiff
Driver involved in deadly 2015 crash in Evanston sued
The daughter of a 52-year-old man who was struck and killed by an SUV while crossing a street in Evanston has filed a lawsuit against the driver.
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Cook County Illinois Skokie Illinois Chicago Dispute resolution Evanston Illinois Lincolnwood Illinois Wilmette Illinois Comedy films
Diana Rauner’s nonprofit among group again suing governor, state
A coalition of social service agencies sued the state to begin "timely payments" for services under binding contracts dating back to last year.
436 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Appeal Pleading Civil procedure Lawsuit Plaintiff Jurisdiction Judgment Dispute resolution
New York Stock Exchange faces lawsuit over 2015 blackout
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has indicated that it will file a lawsuit against a 2015 outage on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The four-hour long blackout was the worst in the exchange’s history. Read Full Article at RT.com
97 points by Russia Today | Executive officer Dispute resolution Chief executive officer Management occupations Upgrade Chief executives Service of process
Personal chef injured in fall down stairs settles lawsuit
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A personal chef severely injured when he tripped on a plastic runner and fell down the stairs in a Connecticut home has settled his lawsuit for $1.5 million. David Lambo, of Easton, sued the contractor doing work at the Greenwich home, alleging it had installed dangerous ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Rotator cuff Connecticut Time Fairfield County Connecticut Lawsuits Injury English-language films Dispute resolution
Letter: Fight HB 365
Fight HB 365An open letter to state Sen. John Reagan: Although we may disagree on a number of issues, I consider you to be an intelligent and dedicated public servant for whom I have a great deal of respect. Because of this, I want to reach out to you concerning a matter upon which we may have commo...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Law Lawsuit United States House Committee on the Judiciary Pleading Civil procedure English-language films Plaintiff Dispute resolution
Dog wins posthumous appeal in case of FedEx worker
The FedEx employee was startled by the dog's barking and fell. The appeals court reversed a ruling to have a jury hear the case.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Appeal Court Lawsuits Dispute resolution Trial court Judge Trial Jury
JPP settles suit against ESPN for posting his medical records
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has settled his lawsuit against ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for posting his private medical records online to millions of readers. Pierre-Paul “has amicably resolved the pending litigation,” the football player’s attorney Mitchell Schuster of Meister Seelig & Fein told The Post. “He will not be making any further...
23 points by New York Post | Lawyer Dispute resolution Lawsuit Jurist First Amendment to the United States Constitution Index finger ESPN Jackson Memorial Hospital
Frank Ocean’s dad sues him for $14.5M
He claims the singer branded him a homophobe in a social media post.
21 points by New York Post | Fatherhood Family Dispute resolution Russell Simmons Pleading Kevin Spacey Hip hop music Father
Eugene organization sues insurance company over fire payout
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Eugene Civic Alliance has sued its insurance carrier for more than $325,000 after the burning of Civic Stadium. The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2jL4toi ) that the nonprofit group wants to build a new complex on the former site of the Civic Stadium in Eugene. According to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Insurance Eugene Oregon The Register-Guard Dispute resolution Alton Baker Park Darren Matthews Court order Kurt Angle
L.I. businessman repeatedly raped niece over 3 years: lawsuit
A teen girl says in a lawsuit that her uncle, who owns a Southampton, L.I., excavation firm, repeatedly raped her over three years.
1295 points by Daily News | Sexual intercourse Human sexual behavior Rape Sexual assault Crime Supreme Court of the United States Dispute resolution Assault
Brazilian banker finally settles suit over unpaid $340G bar tab
The bigwig popped bottles to the tune of $340,000 at the Meatpacking District hotspot in June — but didn’t settle his tab until February.
153 points by Daily News | Civil procedure Dispute resolution Trial Pleading Appeal Jurisdiction Tequila Mergers and acquisitions
Fight over Adirondack snowmobile trails heads to trial
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A lawsuit against the state over construction of new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks may be sorted out at a trial. The environmental group Protect the Adirondacks sued the state, saying the so-called "community connector" trails violate the "forever wild" clause of the state's constitution because ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States Dispute resolution United States Constitution State supreme court Washington D.C. Appeal Judge Jury
Donald Trump Settles Trump University Fraud Case for $25 Million
In an abrupt about-face, President-elect Donald Trump agreed on Friday to settle long-running litigation alleging that he defrauded students of Trump University, his series of real estate seminars. The $25 million settlement, announced by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, includes restitution for 6,000 victims and $1 million in fines to the State of New... Read more »
811 points by Variety | Donald Trump Trial Civil procedure Trump University Appeal Dispute resolution Lawsuit Ivana Trump
Congress should not shield Trump from civil lawsuits
To the editor: In contending that Donald Trump should be shielded from civil litigation while serving as president, law professor Saikrishna Prakash does a bad job concealing his bias. (“How to keep Trump focused on our business and not his 75 pending lawsuits,” Opinion, Nov. 14) While he concedes...
64 points by Los Angeles Times | Civil law Lawsuit Dispute resolution Law Civil law Commercial law Lawsuits Court order
Judge orders Nick Gordon to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina's family
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Gordon ordered to pay $36M to Bobbi Kristina kin
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.         
11367 points by Arizona Republic | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Gordon ordred to pay $36M to Bobbi Kristina family
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.         
11367 points by Arizona Republic | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Bobbi Kristina's ex-boyfriend must pay $36M to family
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Bobbi Kristina's ex-boyfriend must pay $36 million
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.         
11367 points by Arizona Republic | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Nick Gordon ordered to pay $36M to Bobbi Kristina's family
He failed to show up in wrongful death lawsuit so he loses, with $36 million as the price.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Bobby Brown Whitney Houston Dispute resolution Pleading Lawsuit Plaintiff Appeal Judge
Court says police officer has immunity in deadly shooting
A federal appeals court says a Metro Police officer has qualified immunity protecting him from a civil lawsuit after he shot and killed a man in 2010 in Las Vegas. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to grant a summary judgment in ...
-2 points by Las Vegas Sun | Appeal Law Judgment Civil procedure Lawsuit Dispute resolution Court Trial
Trump refiles lawsuit to lower taxes on D.C. hotel
Trump fighting tax bill on historic building he leases from the federal government.       
-2 points by USA Today | Donald Trump The Apprentice Trump Tower Donald Trump Jr. Trump Organization Dispute resolution Law United States Congress
Texas county approves $1.8M settlement in Sandra Bland suit
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a Texas county have approved a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland, who died in jail days after being arrested last year.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Crime Civil procedure Plaintiff Appeal Pleading Dispute resolution Court order Lawsuits
Former student’s parents drop several claims in civil lawsuit against Northfield school
The parents of a 13-year-old boy are moving forward with an amended civil lawsuit against a special education school in Northfield, where they allege a female classmate sexually assaulted him.In doing so, the parents have voluntarily dropped several claims of negligence, alleging harm to themselves...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Pleading Jurisdiction Sexual harassment Auburn Washington Human sexual behavior Sexual intercourse Individualized Education Program Dispute resolution
Alec Baldwin tricked into buying $190K fake painting
The actor thought he purchased an original 1996 painting titled "Sea and Mirror" by contemporary artist Ross Bleckner.
-1 points by New York Post | Screen Actors Guild Awards Alec Baldwin Lawsuit Screen Actors Guild Dispute resolution Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Academy Award
After a man convicted of murdering a woman goes free, questions linger over why he was charged in first place
Raymond Lee Jennings wrote a desperate letter from prison. It was the spring of 2010 — a few months into his 40-years-to-life murder sentence — and he was writing to tell a judge the same thing he’d been saying for years: “I am innocent.” Jennings begged the civil court judge to drop the proceedings...
515 points by Los Angeles Times | Lawsuit Murder Dispute resolution Homicide Detective Lawyer Police
Caesars mediator resigns in casino unit’s bankruptcy
CHICAGO — The mediator trying to resolve the $18 billion bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc. abruptly stepped down on Friday, according to a court filing, adding another twist to the complex case.
20 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Kohlberg Kravis Roberts TPG Capital Apollo Management United States United States bankruptcy court Dispute resolution United States federal courts Appeal