January, 2016

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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Sam Houston Electric Cooperative

The family of a Liberty County, Texas, resident who died on November 29 last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local power company.

Lester Berry, 70, had congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease that required constant oxygen supply.

The lawsuit alleges that Berry was not able to get oxygen because Sam Houston Electric Cooperative cut off his electricity connection. It further claims that although he owed $129.62 for a previous month’s bill, the power company knew about his recurring illness and in the past had given him up to four months to pay bills.

The lawsuit accuses the power company of gross negligence and wrongful death, and is seeking over $1 million in damages.

Egyptian Resorts Lose $766 Million Since Metrojet Flight 9268 Crash

aviationFollowing the crash of Metrojet flight 9268 last year, Egypt’s Red Sea resorts have suffered losses of $766 million.

The Russian Airbus A321 plane went down on October 31, shortly after departing Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. All 224 people aboard were killed in the crash.

Russia and many European countries suspended flights to Sharm-el-Sheikh following the incident.

South Sinai governor Khaled Fouda said on January 28, “The Red Sea resorts of Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada have lost 6 billion pounds in the past three months.”

San Joaquin County Signs $1.575 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has signed a $1.575 million settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 29-year-old Jeremy Lum.

Lum died in July 2009, after he was mistakenly arrested and jailed for public intoxication. According to the lawsuit, he had bipolar disorder and was suffering a psychotic episode when he was arrested.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 and alleged false arrest, wrongful death, and violations of civil rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against California Restaurant

Justice scale on blue backgroundFollowing the death of 61-year-old Larry Sacknoff, his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against fine-dining establishment Redd in Yountville, California.

The former television sportscaster died in August of 2014 due to complications from an infection caused by bacteria found in marine environments.

According to the lawsuit, Sacknoff dined for one year at the dining establishment owned by chef Richard Reddington before his death. In July 2013, he and his friends suffered symptoms of food poisoning after eating undercooked scallops at the restaurant. While his friends recovered from the illness, he could not fully recover and died in 2014.

The family had also filed a complaint against Redd in August 2013, shortly after Sacknoff’s illness. In response to the complaint, the health inspectors inspected the facility and found out that the scallops were being served between 108 and 132 degrees while the proper cooking temperature is 145 degrees.

Family Sues Uber After Crash Kills 20-Year-Old Boy

The family of 20-year-old Pablo Sanchez Jr., who died as the Uber car he was travelling in crashed and exploded, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and Uber Technologies Inc.

According to the lawsuit, Sanchez was killed on December 27 after he hired Uber to take him and his friends home from downtown Miami. However, the Uber driver appeared to be falling asleep and was hit by another car as he took a left turn. Sanchez got trapped in the car while everyone else was able to get out before the vehicle exploded.

The family is suing Uber for failing to properly train the driver. The Uber driver, car owner, and the driver of the other car have also been named in the lawsuit.

Samuel DuBose: $4,850,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

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The settlement over Samuel DuBose’s Wrongful Death in police custody is $4,850,000 plus free undergraduate education for the deceased’s twelve children. DuBose was shot by Police Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop. Dubose was shot on Rice Street near Thill Street in the Mount Auburn district after being stopped for not having front license plates. On July 29, Tensing was indicted on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The agreement was announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. DuBose’s sister, Terina DuBose-Allen said “We’re not happy, we’re not satisfied – those aren’t the words. The settlement means we’re moving forward and we can heal.”

In addition to payment to the DuBose family of $4.85 million and tuition, the settlement includes a memorial to DuBose,an apology from the UC President,and an invitation for DuBose’s family to participate in Community Advisory Committee meetings.

Moscow Court Dismisses Complaint Filed by Families of Metrojet Crash Victims

Justice scale on blue backgroundBasmanny District Court of Moscow, Russia, dismissed a complaint filed against the investigators working on Metrojet Flight 9268 crash.

The Airbus A321 crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on October 31st, killing all 224 aboard.

The complaint filed by the victims’ families accused the investigators of inaction. According to their lawyer Igor Trunov, no information has been given regarding the investigation and no one knows under which article the case is being investigated. He further said that the families had first requested the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, to look into the matter but he did not respond to them.

Kitsap County Superior Court Jury Awards $850,000 in Wrongful Death Case

courtroomFollowing the death of Kimberli M. Larman, 48, at Harrison Medical Center, the Kitsap County Superior Court jury has awarded $850,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her family.

According to the lawsuit, Larman died on March 12, 2009 while she was admitted at Harrison’s Bremerton hospital for a respiratory ailment. It alleged that the hospital staff did not monitor her adequately and failed to provide proper care when she was found lying unconscious near her bed.

The hospital and a physicians group admitted the liability for Larman’s death, following which, the jury awarded $300,000 each to her two sons and $250,000 to her husband.

Family of TSU Student Shot Outside Residence Hall Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

cropped-Fotolia_72101625_XS.jpgThe family of a Texas Southern University freshman shot to death outside a residence hall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

On October 9 last year, Brent Randall was heading to class in the afternoon when he was shot to death outside his dorm room in Courtyard Apartments.

The family alleges that the university failed to provide sufficient security to the students on campus. According to the lawsuit, another student was shot outside the same apartment complex less than 12 hours before Randall was shot and therefore, the university “knew or reasonably should have known of the dangerous condition of the premises.”