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Personal Injury

Toxic soot settlement

CHICAGO — A federal court in Illinois approved a $12.25 million settlement for residents of Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood, stemming from the April 2020 botched implosion of an abandoned coal stack in the area — which coated the surrounding area with toxic coal soot.

Walmart vs. employee

NEW ORLEANS — A federal court in Louisiana denied Walmart’s request to dismiss, as time-barred, an overnight stocker’s suit for malicious prosecution and defamation. The store had her arrested for twice purchasing multiple packages of newly marked-down meat after her shift ended, a violation of Walmart employment policies. She says her behavior was not criminal because she had relabeled the packages of meat with store-ordered lower prices, and did not alter the labels she was told to put on the products.

Shasta County officers must answer for breaking man’s wrist after falsely arresting him

Jimmy Gettings claims a Shasta County sheriff's deputy broke his wrist with tight handcuffs after he was falsely arrested for selling baby chicks.

Iron Mike airplane assault

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Tyson punched out a fellow JetBlue passenger after he denied the former heavyweight boxing champ's offer of magic mushrooms on the flight, the passenger says in a lawsuit that looks to also hold the airline accountable for Tyson's behavior.

Jury takes Abu Ghraib abuse civil case against US military contractor

Three Iraqis who were abused at the prison brought the civil case against CACI International Inc.

Disturbing shooting

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal court in Mississippi denied a sheriff deputy’s request for immunity in this lawsuit arising from his videotaped killing of a man who was repeatedly begging officers to shoot him. He says he feared for his life when he shot the shirtless suspect, who wielded a pointed fence post. The video shows the man was “clearly” having a mental or emotional crisis, but he never verbally threatened the officers and the court says the fence post was not brandished threateningly.