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Elkhart Eyes $500K For Suit Over Overturned Conviction

Mar 21, 2020
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is weighing spending another $500,000 to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by a man whose attempted murder conviction was thrown out because prosecutors didn't disclose that the state’s sole eyewitness underwent hypnosis to sharpen his memory.

The Elkhart City Council gave the $500,000 appropriation request its first reading on Monday. The funding would help pay Elkhart's legal fees in a lawsuit filed by Mack Sims.

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OGDEN DUNES, Ind.  — An Indiana community along Lake Michigan has filed a federal lawsuit over its battle with shoreline erosion.

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DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually assaulted in prison while housed with adults.

The deal closes years of litigation.

The lawsuit accused the Corrections Department of failing to prevent the assaults.

The department had denied the allegations and aggressively fought the lawsuit.

But Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the settlement allows the state to "move forward and brings closure for the inmates.”

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The state of Indiana will pay more than $180,000 in attorneys fees after one of several legal battles over an anti-abortion law wrapped up.

That adds to a growing amount the state has been racking up over the last decade.

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Indiana’s attorney general announced Tuesday the state is joining a 39-state coalition to investigate Juul Labs – manufacturer behind a popular brand of small e-cigarette devices.

Attorney General Curtis Hill says the investigation will look into the company’s marketing practices and safety claims. It will also review whether the company has attempted to market tobacco products to children.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Wabash County Jail

Feb 21, 2020
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) has filed a new lawsuit against an Indiana county jail.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals incarcerated at Wabash County Jail and claims the jail is overcrowded, understaffed and unsanitary. ACLU of Indiana attorney Stevie Pactor says that violates the constitution.

George Zimmerman is suing Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizbeth Warren for defamation over tweets they posted about Trayvon Martin, according to court documents. 

Zimmerman filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking $265 million. He's claiming that both Buttigieg and Warren defamed him in tweets they posted on Feb. 5th, which would have been Trayvon Martin's 25th birthday.

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USA Gymnastics (USAG) made a settlement offer Thursday to athletes who have come forward with claims they were sexually abused while competing in the organization. The offer comes as part of the proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan.

USAG offered two options to the gymnasts: accept $215 million and settle all the claims or reject the offer and pursue their civil lawsuits and collect any judgements.

DOJ files lawsuit against Community Health Network

Jan 8, 2020
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The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Community Health Network alleging the central Indiana health care system submitted false claims to Medicare.

The DOJ alleges the network paid physicians well above market value for referrals and paid bonuses to physicians if they referred a certain number of patients to the hospital.

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UNDATED (AP) — The children of a woman who was fatally shot by a fellow resident of an Elkhart apartment complex are suing the apartment’s management company, alleging that it failed to protect their mother from the gunman despite knowing of his “peculiar and abhorrent behavior.”

Lawrence Faso shot and killed Gail Shields and her boyfriend Jon Malk on July 31 before killing himself at the Stratford Commons assisted living apartment complex in Elkhart. 

Michigan Sues Opioid Distributors, Likens To Drug Dealers

Dec 17, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is suing four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic. State Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a drug dealer liability law.

The suit filed Tuesday names AmericsourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Walgreens.

They have been sued in other states, too.

Michigan is the 49th state to file legal action against the opioid industry.

Only Nebraska hasn't.

Nessel says the opioid crisis has led the state to bear high financial costs.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will file a lawsuit today seeking damages from multiple drug related cases in the opioid addiction crisis.

This is the first time Michigan will take its own legal action related to alleged drug company misbehavior related to opioids.

The lawsuit will be filed in Wayne County, which has been hit particularly hard by opioid abuse.

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Two environmental groups made good on their promise to sue steelmaker ArcelorMittal on Wednesday. They say the company hasn’t been held accountable for more than 100 violations at its northwest Indiana facility — including a chemical spill that killed more than 3,000 fish in August. 

The plaintiffs want the company to pay for past violations and to make repairs to the plant so its in compliance.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana parents of a toddler who plunged through an open widow on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico have filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises.

They accuse the company of negligence in Chloe Wiegand's death by allowing a window to be opened last July.

Chloe would have turned 2 years old this week.

The girl's grandfather, Salvatore Anello, has been charged in Puerto Rico with negligent homicide.

He insists he's colorblind and didn't know the 11th floor window was open.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana driver’s manual will be translated into four more languages in order to settle a federal lawsuit.

The agreement will have the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles provide the manual in Arabic, Burmese, Chin and Mandarin by March 2021.

That deal resolves a lawsuit filed last year by immigrant assistance group Neighbor to Neighbor of South Bend, which claimed the BMV was discriminating by providing the manual in only English and Spanish.

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