April, 2015

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Michael Brown’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Ferguson

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgThe parents of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, Mo., on August 11, 2014, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson.

In contrast to the findings of U.S. Department of Justice, the lawsuit, filed by Michael Brown Sr., and Lesley McSpadden, claims that Brown was holding his hands up at the time he was shot.

According to the lawsuit, “in a final attempt to protect himself, and prevent additional bodily harm and/or imminent death, MBJ turned around and raised his hands in a non-threatening manner…Upon information and belief, MBJ conveyed the following statement to Defendant Wilson: ‘Don’t shoot. I don’t have a gun. I’m unarmed.”

The lawsuit is asking for at least $75,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.

Aaron Hernandez To Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice scale on blue backgroundThe mother of Odin Lloyd, who was slain by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, has decided to go forward with her wrongful death lawsuit against him.

Lloyd was killed on 17 June, 2013. On April 15 this year, Aaron Hernandez was convicted for first degree murder of Lloyd.

Victim’s mother Ursula Ward had originally filed the lawsuit in December 2013, but it was put on hold due to criminal trial ongoing at that time. According to plaintiff’s lawyer Douglass Sheff, “She wants to ask what happened. Very simple: What happened?’ And the next question: Why?”

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit after Teenager’s Alleged DUI Death

autoFollowing the death of 17-year-old Nicholas S. Kilpatrick in a road crash in September 2014, his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in McHenry County.

According to the lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother, father, sister and three brothers, Kilpatrick was on his skateboard when he has hit by a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Justin A. Raven. Authorities later charged Raven with felony DUI.

The plaintiffs are seeking $2 million in damages.

Defunct Philadelphia Nightclubs to Pay $7M in Wrongful Death Settlement

arbitrationTwo Philadelphia nightclubs will pay $7 million in wrongful death settlement to the family of 23-year-old Kevin Kless, who was beaten to death on January 14, 2012.

The lawsuit alleged that Kless was trying to hail a taxi at 4th and Market streets when a cab drove by, without stopping for him. He was cursing the taxi, however, three drunk men, Kenneth Enriquez-Santiago, Felix Carrillo and Steven Ferguson, thought he was cursing them and beat him to death.

According to the lawsuit, the defunct nightclubs Lucy’s Hat Shop and G Lounge served Kenneth Enriquez-Santiago, Felix Carrillo and Steven Ferguson beyond the point of intoxication, even though, two of them were underage.

In the settlement announced on April 15, Lucy’s Hat Shop will pay $1 million while G Lounge will pay $6 million through their respective insurance policies.

Court Says General Motors’ Bankruptcy Order Shields it From Wrongful Death, Injury Claims

autoAccording to a recent federal court ruling, General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy order protects it from the death and injury claims filed due to faulty ignition switches in their older, small cars.

According to Judge Robert Gerber in New York, the plaintiffs who faced a decrease in the value of their cars would still be able to sue General Motors for any loss that incurred due to company actions after July 2009.

General Motors said the court’s decision of barring the matters of old GM is appropriate and that the Judge’s ruling “doesn’t establish any liability against GM, and the plaintiffs must prove the merits of their claims.”

Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents several plaintiffs in their wrongful death and injury claims against General Motors, said, “Hundreds of victims and their families will go to bed tonight forever deprived of justice… GM, bathing in billions, may now turn its back on the dead and injured, worry free.”

Helia Healthcare Nursing homes Seek Detailed Statement

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Two nursing homes accused of neglecting an elderly woman, Dorothy Hughes, allegedly leading to her death seek more definitive statements. Hughes was living at Helia Healthcare of Energy from October 2012 through December 2012 where employees allowed her to suffer from dehydration, loss of cognitive skills, loss of social skills, depression, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, malnutrition, weight loss and injuries from falling. In all eight counts, the plaintiff claims negligence caused the decedent to suffer injuries from falling.The complaint includes 46 allegations of negligence. Lawyers seeks judgment of more than $400,000, plus attorney fees and costs.

WHAS Reporter Jeff Woods Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

autoThe family of Fontaine Jeffrey, who was killed after getting hit by WHAS sports reporter Jeff Woods’ vehicle, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Fontaine Jeffrey was killed on January 23, after she fell at a crosswalk in Louisville and got hit by a tow truck and Jeff Woods’s vehicle. The lawsuit claims that the driver of tow truck, Matthew Good, hit Jeffrey at the intersection of Jefferson and Second Streets. Afterwards, Jeff Woods struck her, “dragging her several feet down Jefferson Street.” The suit further alleges that Woods fled the scene afterwards and did not call for help.

The lawsuit, filed last week, accuses Jeff Woods, tow truck driver and the truck company for Fontaine Jeffrey’s death.

Fiat Ordered To Pay $150 Million

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was ordered to pay $150 million to the family of a four year old boy, Remington Walden. The 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was in was struck from behind, and caught fire. About seventy-five people have died in the Jeep Grand Cherokee on ignition of the fuel tank in such a dangerous location.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to appeal.

The jury held the company 99% responsible for the accident.

The driver who struck the Jeep was sentenced to 8 years in prison.