Shooting Victim Files Lawsuit After Police Mix-Up

A lawsuit has been filed over an August 2013 incident in which a Hartford, Conn. dispatcher and two police officers mixed up the location of a shooting victim. The dispatcher gave the officers the wrong address after a call reported shots being fired and after being rerouted to the correct location, the officers did not see the victim, who was not found until one day later. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, names as defendants the two officers, the dispatcher, the police chief, the city of Hartford and the city’s former head of telecommunications. Read more…

Innocent Former Police Captain Spends 15 Years in Prison

A former Ohio police captain has filed a lawsuit against his former colleagues after being declared innocent of his ex-wife’s murder after spending 15 years in prison. The plaintiff was convicted of the 1997 murder of his ex-wife and spent 15 years in prison until DNA evidence proved him innocent. He is now filing a lawsuit alleging his former colleagues framed him. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages. Read more…

Police Accused of Excessive Force related to Man’s Death in Prison

The family of a man who died shortly after arriving at the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail in Louisiana has filed a lawsuit. According to the suit, sheriff’s deputies violated the man’s rights and used excessive force, including the use of a stun gun, which led to his death. The lawsuit names the sheriff’s office as defendant and accuses the sheriff “of failing to properly train his deputies and provide adequate supervision in the Nov. 26 arrest.” Read more…

Toyota Pays Settlement in Fatal Car Crash Lawsuit

Toyota confirmed a confidential settlement in a lawsuit filed against them over a fatal car crash. The court case determined that software defects were responsible for the 2005 Camry crashing into the embankment, injuring the 76-year-old driver and killing her passenger. The jury decided that Toyota should pay $3 million in compensatory damages and an unspecified amount of punitive damages. This marks Toyota’s first loss in a sudden acceleration case and could spark many similar cases. Read more…

School District to Pay $300,000 in Damages to Parents of Disabled Child

A Kitsap Superior Court judge has ruled that the Bainbridge Island School District in Washington must pay $300,000 in damages to the parents of a disabled child who was subjected to bullying and sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed back in 2010 and alleged that the school district was negligent when it did not protect their child from the abuse. The boy was harassed repeatedly until his parents filed a restraining order against four boys who were later found guilty of criminal conduct related to bullying. According to the court papers, “the boy, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, required years of therapy and anti-anxiety medication.” Read more…

Bus Driver Killed in Accident, Family Files Lawsuit

The family of a Los Angeles MTA bus driver who was killed when a tow truck driver ran a red light and crashed into her bus has filed a lawsuit over the accident. The family is claiming that the tow truck driver was negligent when he sped through a red light at 60 mph and hit the city bus. Both the bus driver and the tow truck driver were killed. The lawsuit also alleges that “the restraint systems in the bus failed to work properly,” as the driver “was ejected from the bus, despite wearing her seat belt.” The estate of the tow truck driver, the towing company and the bus manufacturer are named as defendants in the case. Read more…

Da Vinci Robot Injury Haunted Portland Woman for Months

Portland, OR: In spite of thousands of the expensive da Vinci robots installed at hospitals across the country, it appears as if the bloom is off the rose for Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Intuitive). Sales of their flagship da Vinci surgical robot are reportedly in decline following years of robust growth, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 2 Recall in relation to testing deficiencies. What’s more, yet another da Vinci robot injury is making the news. Read more…

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