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Federal Judge Rejects Antitrust Lawsuits Against College Textbook Stores
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A federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits accusing college textbook retailers of conspiring to eliminate competition. The lawsuits alleged that the bookstores used agreements known as "Inclusive Access" to raise the costs of textbooks. Plaintiffs said the program allowed companies to monopolize the more than $3 billion annual market for new textbooks and suppressing demand for used textbooks. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan dismissed the lawsuits, stating the class of plaintiffs failed to show a conspiracy to suppress competition.
Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 06/14/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Chicago Blackhawks Seek Dismissal of Former Player's Sexual Harassment Suit
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The Chicago Blackhawks are seeking the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former player. The plaintiff alleges that former video coach Bradley Aldrich "sent inappropriate text messages," performed a sexual act in front of him, and threatened him. Further, he alleges that team staff attempted to suppress his complaint about the harassment. In filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, the Blackhawks alleges the plaintiff did not exhaust his legal avenues or other “administrative remedies” before filing a lawsuit.
Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune 06/16/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Lawsuit Filed Over Seattle Man's Suicide and Police Officer's Lie
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A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that a Seattle man died by suicide as a direct result of the lie he was told by a police officer. The lawsuit was filed June 4 in King County Superior Court by the mother and two friends of the man who took his own life after being led to believe he had seriously injured a woman in a car crash. According to the lawsuit, the man was told that the woman was critically injured in the collision and "might not survive," even though she had not even been injured. Days later, the man died of an overdose in an apparent suicide.
Staff Report, San Jose Mercury News 06/16/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Excessive Force Jail Death Prompts Lawsuit in Arkansas
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Franklin County and the city of Ozark, Arkansas, have been named as defendants in a lawsuit over the death of a man in jail. The civil lawsuit alleges that the man died after being tased at least eight times. The lawsuit contends that the actions were an excessive use of force and that officers "continued to tase him to seek compliance despite the individual defendants' knowledge as to the dangers of tasing." The lawsuit was filed May 26 with the circuit court of Crawford County.
Alex Gladden, Southwest Times Record 06/17/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$270M Lawsuit Filed Over Decapitation of Woman at Arches National Park
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a newlywed who was killed by a swinging gate at Arches National Park. The 25-year-old woman was at the Utah park with her new husband when she was decapitated by the gate. The $270 million lawsuit filed by her family alleges the park should have secured the gate to prevent it from swinging into the road. Since 1988, three other people in cars were killed by similar gates at the park.
Staff Report, San Jose Mercury News 06/16/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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NJ Transit Pays Over $8 Million To Settle Lawsuits in Fatal Hoboken Train Crash
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NJ Transit has paid over $8 million to settle lawsuits over a fatal train crash that took place in Hoboken. The incident took place when a Pascack Valley Line train crashed through a barrier in Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, 2016. The transit agency recently paid $8.15 million to four people who were injured and the family of a woman killed in the crash.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com 06/14/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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