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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit after Death of Mentally Ill Inmate

Justice scale on blue backgroundThe family of a 37-year-old mentally ill inmate, who died last year after being repeatedly stunned by a Taser has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Fairfax County jail guards were trying to transfer Natasha McKenna to another facility when she confronted them. The guards stunned her four times by a Taser while she was still partially restrained.

McKenna’s family is seeking $15 million in damages.

Jury Awards $5 Million to Family of Man Who Died in Montgomery County Hospital

Justice scale on blue backgroundFollowing the death of an 88-year-old man at Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a jury has awarded $5 million to his family.

Marvin Summerford was shifted to the hospital in November 2008 due to episodes of fainting. He died less than a week later after radiologists misread an X-ray, causing a feeding tube to fill his left lung. According to plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael A. Trunk, “Marvin Summerford’s lung was pumped full of feeding solution, in essence slowly drowning him while he was fully conscious and his arms were restrained.”

The hospital said in a statement, “This was an unfortunate outcome for the family…However, the hospital is disappointed in the award and is considering post-trial options.”

UC Settles Ted Agu Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.75 Million

courtroomFollowing the death of Cal football player Ted Agu during a team drill, the University of California has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family, for $4.75 million.

Agu, 21, died in winter 2014 after a supervised offseason workout outside Cal’s Memorial Stadium. After his death, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the university put him in such a strenuous workout even when the doctors and coaches knew about his sickle cell trait.

On April 14th, the University of California and Agu’s family reached a settlement, bringing months of negotiations to an end.

Domino’s Pizza Ordered to Pay Over $10 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Justice scale on blue backgroundAfter a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.

Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.

The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.

Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”

Man Who Killed His Wife Sued by Father-in-Law

courtroomThe family of a woman who was shot to death in 2014 by her husband has filed a $1.5 million wrongful death lawsuit.

Raymond Johnson, 39, of Oregon City, Oregon, fatally shot his wife Rebekah Johnson, 32, in their driveway. He was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in 2015, and is serving 23 years in prison.

The lawsuit, filed by Rebekah’s father, claims that her death has left her kids without a mother and deprived her parents of her companionship.

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million for Ovarian Cancer Death Linked to Talcum Powder

Justice scale on blue backgroundA jury in the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $72 million in a wrongful death suit.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of Jackie Fox who died of ovarian cancer. The family claims that the cancer was caused by the J&J talcum powder that Fox used throughout her life. According to the lawsuit, the company failed to warn the customers that the talc used in their feminine hygiene products can migrate through the vagina and increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

The jury found that the company was aware of the increased risk of ovarian cancer from talc but did not take any action to warn the customers.

The company has been ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive 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 of Man Killed in ZombiCon Shooting Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of 20-year-old Expavious Tyrell Taylor, who was killed at October 17 ZombiCon shooting in Fort Myers, Florida, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by the victim’s grandmother, claims that the event organizer, DaiZies, and the security firm, Southwest Florida Security & Investigations, failed to provide adequate security.

Attorney Charles “Kip” Sinclair, who is representing the plaintiffs, said, “You can’t let people come into a crowded area, drinking alcohol, waving toy guns and being in disguise and not expect something to go wrong.”

The lawsuit is seeking $5 million in damages, costs and attorney fees.