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McDonald's got tough on its former CEO, who was fired last week for having a consensual relationship with an employee.

Now, some workers say, the company needs to get tougher on sexual harassment in its restaurants.

On Tuesday, former McDonald's employee Jenna Ries filed a class-action lawsuit against the company and one of its Michigan franchisees. Ries says she and female colleagues were subjected to repeated physical and verbal harassment.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana inmate who says he spent four years in solitary confinement will receive a $425,000 settlement.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — St. Joseph  County has settled for $2,000 a lawsuit filed by former jail inmate who alleged he was improperly treated.

Larenzo Brockington claimed in a filing in U.S. District Court that he was denied access to the St. Joseph County Jail's day room, commissary and laundry service last year while he was in the medical care unit with a tibia fracture.

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group is challenging a Michigan law that requires election officials to reject absentee ballots with signatures that don't match what's on file.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit by Priorities USA, a political action committee. It says Michigan's signature-matching law is "arbitrary and standardless" and has disenfranchised hundreds of voters in recent elections.

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The lawsuit regarding the controversial South Bend Police tapes will continue on in the courts, just as it has  for the past seven years. 

According to media reports, the tapes allegedly contain conversations with South Bend area police officials making racist comments. The lawsuit is to give the council access to the tapes. No one on the council has heard them.

Fired Indiana Catholic School Counselor Files Lawsuit

Oct 22, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage is suing the archdiocese.

Shelly Fitzgerald's federal lawsuit names the Indianapolis archdiocese and Roncalli High School as defendants. It alleges that Fitzgerald was discriminated against and faced retaliation because of her sexual orientation.

Vape Shop Sues To Stop Michigan's Ban On Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 26, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a northern Michigan vape shop is suing to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, contending the emergency rules are illegal and will force him to close his store.

Marc Slis, who operates 906 Vapor in Houghton, filed the lawsuit in Houghton County Circuit Court on Wednesday. It is believed to be the first of what could be several legal challenges against Whitmer's ban .

Stores are supposed to start complying with the ban on Oct. 2.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Four Indiana residents have sued the federal government over the state's plan to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Washington comes after rulings have blocked similar work requirements in Arkansas, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana family is suing Juul Labs Inc., accusing it of making electronic cigarettes that contain excessively high levels of nicotine without warning that they're addictive.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A man who was badly injured last year after being shot by a South Bend police officer claims in a lawsuit that he was the victim of excessive force.

The lawsuit filed in St. Joseph County court says 28-year-old Terrance Eppenger suffered an unspecified permanent disability from the March 2018 shooting by officer Samuel Chaput.

South Bend also faces a lawsuit over the June shooting death of a black man by a white officer that has drawn scrutiny to the city's mayor, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

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There are new allegations from the women suing Attorney General Curtis Hill and the state over accusations Hill groped them last year.

Three legislative staffers – Samantha Lozano, Gabrielle McLemore, and Niki DaSilva – and Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) sued Curtis Hill and the state earlier this year. They level allegations of sexual harassment and employment retaliation.

A new filing in that case claims Lozano reported “unwelcome and inappropriate advances” by a male member of the General Assembly to the House Democratic chief of staff this past spring.

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The National Federation of the Blind filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the Indiana state agency that handles Medicaid benefits. The lawsuit alleges the state agency has committed “systemic violations of the civil rights of blind Indiana residents.” 

The lawsuit names the heads of the Family and Social Services Administration and the Division of Family Resources. 

Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Named In Lawsuit

Jul 25, 2019
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The Bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese has been named in a lawsuit against the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Diocese.

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Indiana House and Senate Republican leadership want to insert themselves into a federal lawsuit against Attorney General Curtis Hill and the state.

The lawsuit involves Hill’s alleged groping last year of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers.

The four women filed the suit earlier this year. They accuse Curtis Hill of sexual harassment and battery – and they accuse the state of employment discrimination. That includes sexist or inappropriate comments allegedly made by lawmakers of both parties.

Indiana Attorney General's Lawyers Deride Groping Claims

Jul 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana's attorney general argue that allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party don't meet the legal standard of a misuse of power.

Court documents filed on Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill's behalf call for the women's federal lawsuit against him to be thrown out by a judge.

Hill is accused of touching the backs or backsides of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers at an Indianapolis bar. The women allege sexual harassment and defamation by Hill.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Catholic church leaders in Indianapolis are citing the First Amendment as a defense to a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired because he's in a same-sex marriage.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by Joshua Payne-Elliott, who worked at Cathedral High School for 13 years. The school fired him in June on orders from the archdiocese. Payne-Elliott says the church illegally interfered in his contract with the school.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Catholic high school teacher who was fired because he's in a same-sex marriage sued the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Wednesday, accusing it of discrimination and interfering with his teaching contract.

DCS Responds To Lawsuit, Calls It 'Inflammatory'

Jul 1, 2019
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The Indiana Department of Child Services is responding to a class action lawsuit alleging the agency is failing the children in its care.

The lawsuit filed on behalf on nine children seeks policy changes at DCS. According to the complaint, some of those children have been shuffled between foster homes more than 15 times.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The family of a 54-year-old black man fatally shot by a white officer is suing the officer and the city of South Bend, Indiana, where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is being sued in federal court by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.

The court declined to take an appeal from state officials. They're accused of failing to prevent prisoners from physically abusing inmates who were under 18 years old.

The Michigan Constitution says "no person shall be denied the equal protection of laws" when receiving a public service. But in 1999, lawmakers carved out an exception, saying public service doesn't include prisons or jails.

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that one of the three fired workers, Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, of Brook, was taken into custody and is being held at the Newton County Jail on a felony charge of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The department says U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Gardozo-Vasquez. It says there are outstanding warrants for two other former Fair Oaks workers

It’s not clear whether Gardozo-Vasquez has an attorney who might comment on his behalf.

Evansville Transgender Student Wins Court Fight

Jun 10, 2019

The Evansville school district violated a transgender student’s rights by restricting access to the bathroom of the student’s identified gender, according to a new court ruling.

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A federal judge in Indianapolis will hear arguments Monday over the latest lawsuit challenging an Indiana anti-abortion law.

It’s the eighth such challenge over the last nine years.

Two Hendricks County couples are petitioning the Indiana Court of Appeals to rehear their case against a neighboring farm with 8,000 hogs. They say the smell from the confined animal feeding operation or CAFO is making it difficult for them to eat or sleep. 

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Indiana’s Attorney General filed a new lawsuit aimed at the family behind Purdue Pharma. The state becomes the latest to accuse members of the Sackler family of exacerbating the opioid crisis.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Indiana's Voter Signature Law

May 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A government watchdog group is challenging the constitutionality of an Indiana law that allows election officials to throw out voters' absentee ballots if they think the signature on the envelope doesn't match other signatures on file.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday by Common Cause Indiana contends that Indiana's law resulted in the rejection of "several hundred and possibly more than a thousand mail-in absentee ballots" submitted in 2018.

Hill, Curry Again Clash Over Abortion Lawsuit

May 16, 2019

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry are again clashing over a state abortion lawsuit.

City Of Elkhart Denies Deadly Crash Responsibility

May 6, 2019
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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill responded to a federal lawsuit today filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.

The alliance has worked since 2017 to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

The alliance filed the lawsuit in March after the state last year denied the organization’s application, because it said the alliance did not provide necessary information about its other clinics around the country.

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