Talcum Powder Lawsuit: J&J Slammed For Another $80M

Talcum Powder Lawsuit: $80M Blow for J&J, Supplier

https://www.drugwatch.com/2018/04/11/talcum-powder-lawsuit-80m-blow-jj-supplier/Jurors in New Jersey ordered Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier to pay $80 million in punitive damages in a talcum powder lawsuit over the man’s mesothelioma.

This seems an awful lot like throwing down the gauntlet because of course J&J will appeal this and ever single other massive judgment they get hit with.

The verdict on Wednesday, April 11, came after jurors the prior week ordered the companies …

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Johnson & Johnson Loses First Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit

https://www.mesothelioma.com/news/2018/04/johnson-johnson-loses-first-asbestos-talcum-powder-lawsuit.htmNew Brunswick, New Jersey
Johnson & Johnson lost its first asbestos talcum powder lawsuit last week, ordered by a jury to pay Stephen Lanzo and his wife $37 million in compensatory damages.

Lanzo claimed his regular use of the company’s talcum powder …

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Talcum Powder Lawsuit: J&J, Imerys to Pay $80M in Punitive Damages

https://www.asbestos.com/news/2018/04/11/johnson-johnson-talcum-powder-punitive/Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys SA must pay an additional $80 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed mesothelioma after using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, a New Jersey state court jury ruled Wednesday.

The court has …

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New twist in baby powder lawsuits as focus turns to asbestos contamination

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-twist-in-baby-powder-lawsuits-as-focus-turns-to/article_c8179577-9657-526f-a997-69edcef165f7.htmlJohnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys SA, have vowed to appeal the New Jersey verdict and deny asbestos has ever been present in their products or that their talc can cause any form of cancer.

The case of Stephen Lanzo, a New Jersey …

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Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/does-talcum-powder-cause-cancer-a-legal-and-scientific-battle-rages/ar-AAvKLwuJohnson & Johnson’s lead counsel on two of the cases argues that the lawsuits are all about the money, rather than being all about the science.

“My take on the talc ovarian cancer litigation is that it really is skillful and well-funded plaintiffs lawyers …

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Johnson & Johnson Faces $117 Million Verdict in First Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuit Loss

https://www.mesothelioma.com/news/2018/04/johnson-johnson-faces-117-million-verdict-in-first-asbestos-talcum-powder-lawsuit-loss.htmJohnson & Johnson faced its first guilty verdict in an asbestos talcum powder lawsuit last week.

After the court reconvened this week, the manufacturing giant and an arm of Imerys, its talc supplier, now owe a $117 million …

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Couple who claimed talcum powder caused mesothelioma wins $37 million in lawsuit

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/couple-who-claimed-talcum-powder-caused-mesothelioma-wins-37-million-in-lawsuitA jury in Middlesex County, New Jersey, awarded $30 million in compensatory damages on Thursday to a man who got cancer after decades of using talcum powder.

His wife was awarded $7 million in damages.

Banker Stephen Lanzo said he used Johnson & Johnson …

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J&J Loses Talcum Powder Lawsuit

https://www.asbestos.com/news/2018/04/06/johnson-johnson-asbestos-talc-damages/Johnson & Johnson suffered its first loss in an asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit Thursday after a New Jersey jury ordered the company and its talc supplier to pay $37 million in damages.

The jury awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to Stephen …

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Is there a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer?

https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/is-there-a-link-between-talcum-powder-and-ovarian-cancer/Content?oid=8381650That was the setup in one recent high-profile lawsuit against the company that’s taken most of the anti-talc heat, Johnson & Johnson.

The plaintiff, a medical receptionist from Los Angeles named Eva Echeverria, started using J&J baby powder on her genital …

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Asbestos in Talc Products Verdict Means J&J, Imerys Owe Millions

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-11/j-j-imerys-ordered-to-pay-punitive-80-million-in-talc-caseJ&J won the first mesothelioma talc trial tied to its baby powder when a California jury ruled in November the product wasn’t responsible for causing a 61-year-old woman’s cancer.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. agreed last year to settle a lawsuit claiming its …

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Does talcum powder cause cancer?

http://www.kmov.com/story/37933027/does-talcum-powder-cause-cancerJohnson & Johnson’s lead counsel on two of the cases argues that the lawsuits are all about the money, rather than being all about the science.

“My take on the talc ovarian cancer litigation is that it really is skillful and well-funded plaintiffs lawyers …

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Johnson & Johnson, supplier hit with $80M verdict in cancer lawsuit

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/johnson-johnson-supplier-hit-80m-verdict-cancer-suit-article-1.3929436This is the first trial loss for Johnson & Johnson over allegations that its talc-based products contain asbestos, Reuters reported.

The company is currently fighting more than 6,000 ovarian cancer lawsuits across the country.

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Car Accident Lawsuits Happening Now

Jury trial scheduled for Newport News Councilwoman Sharon Scott’s car accident lawsuit

http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-nws-newport-news-sharon-scott-lawsuit-accident-20180322-story.htmlNewport News Councilwoman Sharon Scott is asking for a total $650,000 between two lawsuits that claim she was seriously injured in a 2015 car accident in Denbigh.

Scott, who has represented the North District since 2002, said the accident affected her …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Car Accident: Did AI Fail Us?

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/360054/ubers-self-driving-car-accident-did-ai-fail-usA high-profile lawsuit is likely.

The company has temporarily suspended self-driving car testing in the aftermath.

Among the criticisms that followed the crash was that a human driver would have easily avoided the incident.

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Actor Anton Yelchin’s parents reach settlement with carmaker over fatal accident

https://www.jta.org/2018/03/25/news-opinion/actor-anton-yelchins-parents-reach-settlement-car-maker-fatal-accidentFriends found Yelchin pinned between his car and a brick pillar.

When not in park, the vehicle could roll away.

A class-action lawsuit was filed in that case.

Yelchin starred as Chekov in the 2009 and 2013 “Star Trek” movies, and is seen in the …

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Lawsuit Filed Against DUI Driver In Death Of 79-Year Old Woman

https://patch.com/illinois/tinleypark/lawsuit-filed-against-dui-driver-death-79-year-old-womanTINLEY PARK, IL
The driver of a car involved in a crash police say caused the death of a 79-year-old woman in Tinley Park earlier this month now faces a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to criminal charges.

Lawyers representing Phillip J. Reyes …

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Senators press self-driving car industry on forced arbitration after Uber crash

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/senators-press-selfdriving-car-industry-on-forced-arbitration-after-uber-crashSelf-driving cars already really safe Toyota halts self-driving car tests after Uber-related death Uber’s self-driving car fatality:

What you need to know Uber self-driving car kills pedestrian in first fatal autonomous crash Law unclear on self-driving …

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Bridge collapse survivor haunted by daughter’s crushed car seat: ‘Imagine if she had been there’

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/bridge-collapse-survivor-haunted-daughters-crushed-car-seat-233403899--abc-news-topstories.html“I remember people running to my car and trying to get me out …

“We are aware that a lawsuit has been announced regarding the pedestrian bridge accident.

Our priority focus continues to place sympathies for the victims at the forefront of our thoughts.

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Jurors Award $3.2M Verdict in AndroGel Lawsuit

Jurors Award $3.2M Verdict in AndroGel Lawsuit

https://www.drugwatch.com/2018/03/27/jurors-award-3-2m-verdict-androgel-lawsuit/The lawsuits say the drug makers pushed the therapy for Low …

At Drugwatch, Elaine has reported about trials over whether talcum powder caused ovarian cancer and allegations that Androgel causes heart problems in patients who use it.

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U.S. jury orders AbbVie to pay $3 million in AndroGel retrial

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-abbvie-lawsuit-androgel/u-s-jury-orders-abbvie-to-pay-3-million-in-androgel-retrial-idUSKBN1H22UDIt is the second verdict against AbbVie in the consolidated litigation over testosterone replacement products by the Chicago-based company and other drugmakers.

More than 6,000 similar lawsuits have been filed, the bulk of them against AbbVie.

In a …

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AndroGel trial do-over slashes AbbVie damages from $150M to $3M

https://www.fiercepharma.com/legal/abbvie-ordered-to-pay-3-2m-androgel-retrialEli Lilly faces about 550 lawsuits over Axiron, while Endo faces 1,300 cases involving several products.

GlaxoSmithKline didn’t market its own testosterone drug, but helped Endo co-promote Testim for about a year.

Endo won its first bellwether case in …

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Discrimination Lawsuits Happening Around the US

Amicus briefs urge 8th Circuit to find Title VII protects LGBTQ people from discrimination

We must be welcoming for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability.

Inconsistent results and created unique barriers to sex discrimination lawsuits filed by LGBTQ people.

“It’s impossible to …

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Microsoft finds few gender discrimination complaints valid

The documents were released as part of an ongoing lawsuit by three current or former Microsoft employees alleging gender discrimination.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for the case, claiming more than 8,600 women collectively lost out on $ …

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Illinois Must Protect LGBT Elders from Housing Discrimination

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/GUEST-COLUMN-Illinois-Must-Protect-LGBT-Elders-from-Housing-Discrimination/62272.htmlThe Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments in the case in mid-February, and Lambda Legal … the country’s leading advocacy group for LGBT elders, I know housing discrimination is a particular concern for LGBT older adults.

LGBT older people are twice …

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Staffing firm pays $50K for ‘age will matter’ comment

A New Jersey-based IT staffing firm will pay $50,000 to settle an age discrimination suit claiming that it told a job applicant that he wouldn’t be considered for an opening because he “was born in 1945” and that “age will matter.”

In rejecting the …

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21st Century Fox Can’t Dodge Local Reporter’s Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/21st-century-fox-cant-dodge-local-reporters-discrimination-retaliation-lawsuit-1096777Lidia Curanaj in December 2016 sued 21st Century Fox for discrimination and harassment, claiming she was repeatedly denied a full-time position at its affiliate Fox5 because of her age and looks and was rejected for a job at Fox News because Ailes realized …

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4 dead, several injured in bridge collapse at Florida International University

OPINION: I think this incident will become known as the “negligence lawsuit for the colossally stupid”.

Civil engineers build a bridge over a highway in Florida and designed it to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and last for 100 years. So, once it was done they decided to test it to make sure it was good to go, and sadly, here is where all those expensive engineering degrees (and every vestige of common sense) abandoned them.

I’m not an engineer, but even I know that tests only have 2 outcomes: pass or fail, right? So these idiots decided it would be a good idea to run a stress test which, as the name implies, applies extreme additional stress to the bridge to see if it can withstand it. Simple enough idea, right? Only problem is that none of the degreed civil engineers running the test thought to consider the obvious: in a 50/50, pass/fail scenario, there is only a 50% chance of passing the test.

So they completely ignored that truth and ran the test anyway, with 6 lanes of traffic, vehicles and people clogging the area under the bridge.

Short story; the test failed, the bridge collapsed and all of the people and vehicles under the bridge were crushed.

Gross negligence/wrongful death lawsuits all around? And hopefully none of the jagoffs who ran the test will ever work in civil engineering again. 

4 dead, several injured in bridge collapse at Florida International University

http://pix11.com/2018/03/15/newly-built-pedestrian-bridge-collapses-at-florida-international-university/SWEETWATER, Fla.

At least four people have been found dead in the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University Thursday, injuring several others and crushing several vehicles under massive slabs.

Fire Chief Dave …

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‘Multiple’ fatalities when Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapses on vehicles

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/03/report_several_killed_in_flori.htmlMIAMI (AP)

A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday, crushing at least eight vehicles under massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing multiple people, authorities said.

Search-and-rescue crews …

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Rescuers look for more victims in deadly bridge collapse at FIU


At least one person has died as rescue teams search for victims among the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, officials said Thursday afternoon.

At least eight cars were crushed …

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Special Report: NTSB Holds Preliminary News Conference On FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

Special Report: NTSB Holds Preliminary News Conference On FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse FOX News 4:51

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Florida university used time-saving technology to build its collapsed bridge

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/15/us/fiu-bridge-collapse-accelerated-bridge-construction/index.html(CNN)The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university.

Unlike traditional methods of construction …

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Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at Florida International University in Miami, Crushing Vehicles

MIAMI—A new pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that was at the vanguard of innovative construction techniques collapsed Thursday afternoon, smashing cars under its wrecked concrete and causing multiple casualties.

Eight cars were …

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$600K awarded for wrongful incarceration

Texas mom convicted in foster son’s salt-poisoning death to get nearly $600G for wrongful jailing

ABC News reported that the Texas comptroller told Hannah Overton on Tuesday that she would receive a check for $573,333.33 for wrongful incarceration.

She also is qualified to receive insurance and education benefits, and next year she’ll get an annuity …

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After 23 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Not One Dime

How much are 23 years of a person’s life worth?

Nothing, if those years were spent in a Kansas prison after a wrongful conviction.

Last October, Lamonte McIntyre was set free after he was exonerated of the double murder for which he was convicted in 1994.

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Man gets nothing from state after 23-year wrongful imprisonment

The wrongful conviction of a teenager in Kansas has the state attorney reexamining the circumstances leading to his more than two decades in prison.

The case is also turning up possible problems with about a dozen other convictions.

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Sexual harassment lawsuit settlements happening this week

Sexual harassment issues not over for Forest Service after chief’s resignation

Women have filed multiple class-action lawsuits against the Forest Service in its …

Clancy also emphasized that most people think or harassment as unwanted sexual advances or assault but that only represents a small percentage.

The vast majority of …

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As New Mexico IATSE Boss Faces Sexual Harassment Suit, Dissidents Want Him Removed From Office

A groundswell of opposition has risen up against Jon Hendry, the IATSE union boss in New Mexico, in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that surfaced earlier this week.

A movement has begun calling for his ouster, and Deadline has been inundated with …

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Wynn Resorts Settles Universal Entertainment Lawsuit for $2.4 Billion

Wynn Resorts Ltd. agreed to pay a total of $2.4 billion to settle a lawsuit with Universal Entertainment Corp … latest dramatic turn since Steve Wynn resigned last month amid a sexual harassment scandal at the casino empire he founded.

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Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Washington prison guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

A Cowlitz County corrections officer was arrested Wednesday for having sexual contact with a female inmate and giving her marijuana, police said.

The suspect, 50-year-old Kelly Burgin, is being held in the Clark County Jail and will be …

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Lackawanna County takes action and fires 5 prison guards charged with abuse

Five of the six Lackawanna County Prison guards charged with sexually …

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Transgender Woman Seeks Immediate Protection from IDOC Guards

Officers have sexually harassed her, threatened her, and subjected her to verbal and physical abuse.

Prison guards also have made it clear they will not protect her from prisoners who seek to do her harm: on one occasion, guards stood by and allowed a …

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Six Lackawanna County Prison guards fired in wake of sex scandal

Six Lackawanna County Prison guards have been caught up in a sex scandal.

The arrests came after a grand jury investigation looking into the systemic sexual abuse and harassment of female inmates in Lackawanna …

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‘Culture of cover-up:’ Warden forced to retire from prison where whistleblower says teen inmates abused

During her four years as the supervisor of a program for teen inmates jailed at the Clemens Unit in Brazoria, an adult prison, Dominique Mitchell repeatedly alleged abuse and neglect: A mentally ill teenager was taunted by guards who told him to kill himself. Read more


Police Misconduct In The News

Mosby, Accusations of Baltimore Police Misconduct Will be Available at Trial

Charges of a Baltimore police officer’s past or present misconduct will now be available at trial, a State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) press release announced Friday.

If an Internal Affairs (IA) file of such charges exists, officers testifying in court …

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Community groups propose civilian oversight of Chicago Police Department

Its oversight would extend beyond the Police Department to COPA, which investigates police misconduct allegations, and the Chicago Police Board, which decides discipline.

It also calls for councils to be set up in each of the city’s 22 police districts t …

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Mother Of Eric Garner And Officials Call For Action On Police Misconduct

Family members of people who died in police custody, activists, public defenders, and elected officials joined together at a rally Thursday outside New York’s City Hall to demand that the NYPD fire employees who have been found guilty of serious offenses.

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Police?/Firefighter Misconduct: The Story/Consequence of a Traffic Stop in Denton, Texas

On February 13, I was driving down the highway with my three of my children and noticed an aggressive white SUV. Distracted, I swerved. I was clueless. Then, the red lights lit up. I was confused. Trying to protect my children, I pulled over. Then, someone … See original story


UPDATE: Discrimination Lawsuits Around The Country

Ex- Dolphins cheerleader claims virginity, religion discrimination in lawsuit

A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader claims she faced discrimination after revealing she is a virgin and devout Christian.

Now she’s filing a discrimination complaint against the NFL with her Sarasota lawyer, Sara Blackwell.

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Harvard admissions discrimination case could go to trial this summer

A lawsuit that claims Harvard caps the number of high achieving Asian-Americans it admits could go to trial in Boston as early as this summer, according to a new filing in the case.

The lawsuit, begun in 2014 by a conservative advocate who has long …

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Fox News Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit With Former Reporter Diana Falzone

https://www.thewrap.com/fox-news-diana-falzone-settlement/Fox News has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by former reporter Diana Falzone, her lawyer told TheWrap Friday.

“We resolved Diana Falzone’s case against Fox News and she no longer works there,” said Nancy Erika Smith, who declined to …

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Stores likely to face more lawsuits over ban on under-21 gun sales

But there’s no exception for firearms.

20-year-old sues Dick’s, Walmart over new gun policies “I am confident that Walmart and Dick’s are violating Oregon’s discrimination in public accommodations laws,” said Max Whittington, the lawyer who …

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A woman is suing Whole Foods for racial and pregnancy discrimination, and her story is infuriating

Florida who is suing Whole Foods for discrimination and being unjustly fired.

Moore says she was treated unfairly after her pregnancy and because of her race.

According to the lawsuit, Moore started working at Whole Foods in December 2014.

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Attorney believes court will side with client in gun age discrimination case

MEDFORD, Ore. — The attorney representing a southern Oregon man in a discrimination lawsuit said he is confident the court will side with his client.

Tyler Watson, 20, filed lawsuits on March 5 against both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, after store …

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WSU Christian group reinstated after suing for discrimination

“Wayne State’s attempt to tell InterVarsity how to define its faith and select its leaders is anti-religious discrimination,” the lawsuit reads in part.

The lawsuit also states, “Wayne State rightly allows fraternities to have only male leaders, female …

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Michigan Man Sues Dick’s Over Gun Age Restriction Policy

A Michigan man has filed a lawsuit alleging that the decision by Dick’s Sporting Goods to bar sales of all guns to anyone under 21 years of age violates that state’s age discrimination laws.

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Air Canada’s Flight Attendant Union Files Human Rights Complaint, Alleging Sexual, Racial Discrimination

Just this week, two former United Airlines flight attendants were awarded $800,000 in a discrimination suit.

Jennie Stroup and Rubin Lee—who had a combined 71 years at the company—were, despite stellar track records, fired in 2013 for watching a …

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IT Staffing Company Pays $50,000 To Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Diverse Lynx, LLC, a Princeton, New Jersey-based IT staffing firm with offices in Princeton and Noida, India, will pay $50,000 and will undertake significant remedial measures to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal …

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Albrechta: Federal courts split on sexual orientation discrimination

The court in Zarda’s case ultimately found that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

This decision also has a political element.

Under President Barack Obama, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a ruling …

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