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Pulse Nightclub Victims Appeal Claims Against Security Company

Several victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando and their family members are asking a Florida appeals court to revive their case against the Jupiter, Florida-based security firm that employed and trained the killer. The 30 appellants, including four estates of victims killed in the attack, allege that G4S Secure Solutions should have known there was a “deranged person … within their employment” and halted his annual firearms training and revoked his security license. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born man of Afghani descent, drove two hours north of his home to Orlando on June 12, 2016, and ... Read More

University of Iowa, State, Settle Patient Suicide Lawsuit with Parents

A couple who sued the University of Iowa for allegedly failing to properly supervise their mentally ill daughter before she threw herself from a campus parking deck has been awarded $2.5 million. William and Kathleen Haptonstall filed the lawsuit against the University of Iowa and the state in October 2016, accusing UI Hospitals and Clinics of negligence in the death of their 40-year-old daughter Kathleen. According to The Gazette, Ms. Haptonstall had been admitted to the University of Iowa (UI) residential eating disorder program in August 2016 with a medical history that included depression, delusional disorder, failure to thrive, mood ... Read More

Jacksonville Landing Shooting Survivors To File Negligent Security Complaint

A lawsuit for the survivors of The Jacksonville Landing mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, will be filed this week, various sources say. The Aug. 26 mass shooting left three people dead, including the killer, identified as 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore. Eleven people were injured in the shooting, including nine with gunshot wounds. The killer used a single firearm to shoot at people who attended the Madden NFL 19 video game competition at The Jacksonville Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the St John’s River in Jacksonville. The video game tournament was being held inside the GLHF Game Bar ... Read More

Golfer Swarmed by Yellow Jackets has Premises Liability Lawsuit Revived

A California appeals court has reinstated a premises liability lawsuit against a California golf club brought by a woman who nearly died after being swarmed by yellow jackets on the green. Plaintiff Carolyn Staat was taking golf lessons at the Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville, California in July 2013 when a swarm of yellow jackets attacked her and her instructor, according to Business Insurance. The swarm continued to pursue and sting Ms. Staat, who had to run about 150 yards before the attack ceased, the premises liability lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit, which also accuses the golf club of general negligence, ... Read More

Two Workers Severely Burned By Hot Oil Sue Church’s Fried Chicken For $150 Million

Two employees of a Church’s Fried Chicken in Livingston, Texas, are suing the fast-food chain for $150 million after suffering life-threatening grease burns when the kitchen floor collapsed. Hugolina Guerrero de Garzon, a 35-year-old mother of three, and Joselin Damian Gonzalez, 17, remain hospitalized in guarded condition after being “horrifically, permanently injured” when the floor caved in Aug. 1, 2016. The women were working in a small area of the kitchen in a Church’s Fried Chicken location in Livingston, about 70 miles north of Houston, when the floor gave way. They and another female employee fell down onto a sub-floor ... Read More

El Faro Communications reveal Panicked Crew As Captain Maintained Path Toward Hurricane

Panicked crewmembers on the doomed El Faro cargo ship urged Captain Michael Davidson to change course to avoid a powerful hurricane, but transcripts of shipboard audio released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Dec. 13 reveal the captain twice ignored their warnings and took the ship on a collision course with the storm. Part of the transcripts depicts frenzied chaos and despair as some of the 33 crew members realize their fate on the morning of Oct. 1, 2015. An exchange between the captain and one crew member attempting to reach the bridge in the ship’s final moments ends ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Alleges School Bus In Chattanooga Crash was unsafe, Poorly Designed

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the deadly Nov. 21 elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga that killed six children and injured dozens more targets the bus’s manufacturer, claiming an inferior design and poor structure failed to prevent students from being ejected from the vehicle. Filed Dec. 9 in Hamilton County Circuit Court by the family of 10-year-old Zyanna Harris, the lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses of making an “unreasonably dangerous and defective” vehicle with an unsafe window system. “There were safer alternative designs,” the lawsuit claims. “Specifically, a window system with embedded glass ... Read More

Chattanooga School Bus Crash Lawsuit Seeks Relief For Child With Debilitating Injuries

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

A lawsuit filed for the family of a student injured in the deadly Chattanooga, Tenn., elementary school bus crash says the child will live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, disability, pain, and dismemberment. Plaintiff Shanquatta Byrd’s lawsuit is the third lawsuit filed against Durham School Services, the corporate owner and operator of the bus; its bus driver employee Johnthony Walker; and parent company National Express, in the aftermath of the Nov. 21 crash that killed six students and injured several others. The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court, asks for a jury trial and any damages ... Read More

Zika fear kills Millions of Honeybees in South Carolina as a result of Aerial Pesticide Spraying

Poor planning and execution on the part of Dorchester County, S.C., officials eager to combat the spread of Zika virus resulted in the mass killing of millions of honeybees, leaving bee farms and backyard apiaries lifeless across several square miles. County officials concerned about reports of 40 travel-related cases of Zika infection in South Carolina, including four within Dorchester County, chose to blanket 15 square miles with the bee-toxic pesticide Naled Aug. 28. While the county is used to spraying for mosquitoes on the ground, this was the first time they have dumped the pesticide from an airplane. By Monday ... Read More

Jury Awards Student $10.5 Million In Chicken Suit Case

A California county school district and its insurer reached a $10.5-million settlement with a former student who was mobbed and assaulted for wearing a chicken suit at a rowdy football rally. The Kern County School District reached the settlement Wednesday shortly after the liability phase of a two-part trial came to a close, with jurors finding the school district 100 percent liable for the injuries plaintiff Mitch Carter sustained in the attack. Mr. Carter, a former Bakersfield High School Student, had to don a chicken suit at the 2010 rally to mock the Golden Eagle mascot of the opposing team. ... Read More