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Woman Who Said Vax Would 'Dishonor God' Wins $700K

Tanja Benton wins settlement against ex-employer BlueCross for refusing COVID vaccine mandate

(Newser) - Tanja Benton was pink-slipped in November 2021 from the biostatistical research scientist job she'd held for years with federal contractor BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, due to her refusal to adhere to her employer's COVID vaccine mandate. Now, a federal jury has awarded Benton nearly $700,000 in a...

Parkland Survivor Now Owns the Name of the Shooter

Gunman Nikolas Cruz can't do any interviews without OK from survivor Anthony Borges, 21

(Newser) - Anthony Borges was the most seriously wounded survivor of the Parkland school shooting, a high school freshman shot five times in the abdomen, lungs, and legs in the 2018 massacre. Now, the 21-year-old has reached a civil settlement with shooter Nikolas Cruz, in which Cruz must obtain permission from Borges...

Supreme Court Tosses Controversial Opioid Settlement

5-4 ruling blocks nationwide deal with Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would have shielded members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids but also would have provided billions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic. After deliberating...

Widower Will Get $860K After Wife Is Killed on Wedding Night

Aric Hutchinson sued local bars in South Carolina visited by the driver in fatal crash

(Newser) - A man whose bride was killed by a woman suspected of drunk driving on their wedding night will receive more than $860,000 in a lawsuit settlement, reports the South Carolina Post and Courier . Aric Hutchinson sued three local bars in Folly Beach, as well as Progressive auto insurance and...

UVa Shooting Victims' Families Get $9M Settlement

But the families aren't done yet, also want a report on the shooting released now

(Newser) - The University of Virginia has settled for $9 million with the families of three football players who were killed and two students who were injured in a 2022 mass shooting, reports CNN , but lawyers for the families say the settlement isn't the end of the road for them. A...

DOJ: Boeing Breached Deal to Avoid Prosecution on 737 Max

It's not clear if the Justice Department will now file charges over the beleaguered aircraft

(Newser) - Boeing has violated a settlement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution after two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft, the Justice Department told a federal judge on Tuesday. It's now up to the Justice Department to decide whether to file charges against the aircraft maker amid...

After Those CPAP Lawsuits, a $1.1B Payout

Philips settles hundreds of personal injury lawsuits over faulty breathing machines

(Newser) - Medical device maker Philips said Monday it will pay $1.1 billion to settle hundreds of personal injury lawsuits in the US. As the AP reports, the Dutch manufacturer did not admit any fault and said it reached the agreement to resolve any uncertainty over the cases. The payout also...

Hugh Grant Got 'Enormous Sum' to Keep Suit Out of Court

Actor says he won't let windfall be 'hush money' after his snooping complaint against the UK tabloid

(Newser) - Hugh Grant received "an enormous sum of money" to settle a lawsuit accusing the Sun of unlawfully tapping his phone, bugging his car, and breaking into his home, the actor said Wednesday after the agreement was announced in court. Grant, who along with Prince Harry had sued News Group...

East Palestine Crash Costs Railroad Another $600M

Norfolk Southern makes hefty settlement in class-action lawsuit in 2023 Ohio derailment

(Newser) - Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement related to a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio. The company said Tuesday that the agreement, if approved by the court, will resolve all class-action claims within a 20-mile radius from the derailment and,...

New Realtors' Settlement 'Will Blow Up the Market'

National Association of Realtors agrees to $418M deal that will slash commissions to settle suits

(Newser) - The National Association of Realtors has signed off on a huge deal that some say "will blow up" the housing market. The New York Times has seen a copy of the $418 million settlement that would get rid of the standard 5% or 6% commission fee for real estate...

Settlement Clears Up Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Teachers can talk about sexual orientation, gender identity, just not as part of instruction

(Newser) - Students and teachers can discuss sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms, provided it's not part of instruction, under a settlement reached Monday between Florida education officials and civil rights attorneys who'd challenged a state law that critics dubbed "Don't Say Gay." The settlement...

Parents of Petito, Laundrie 'Reluctantly' Cut a Deal

Terms of the settlement of claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress remain under wraps

(Newser) - Gabby Petito's family has reached a deal with the parents of her killer , the late Brian Laundrie, meaning a civil trial set for May will be avoided. Petito's parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, sued Christopher and Roberta Laundrie and later their lawyer Steven Bertolino for intentional infliction...

After 'Big Wrong' Cleared by DNA, a Big Settlement

Robert DuBoise, freed in 2020 after 37 years behind bars, to be paid $14M by city of Tampa

(Newser) - A Florida man freed in 2020 from nearly four decades behind bars after DNA evidence cleared him of rape and murder will now receive monetary compensation for that time lost. The New York Times reports that on Thursday, the Tampa City Council unanimously OKed a $14 million settlement for Robert...

Bo Jackson 'Hits Back Hard,' Wins $21M Settlement

Ex-MLB, NFL player wins verdict in extortion, stalking case against his niece and nephew

(Newser) - Former professional baseball and football player Vincent "Bo" Jackson has won a $21 million verdict in his civil case against his niece and nephew for trying to extort him. The Feb. 2 decision included a permanent protective order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister, Erica Anderson Ross, from...

City 'Deeply Remorseful' Over Man's 44 Years in Prison to Pay $22M

Ronnie Long also got apology from city of Concord, North Carolina, as well as $3M more from state

(Newser) - A North Carolina man wrongfully imprisoned for more than four decades has been awarded a $25 million settlement from the city of Concord and the state. The payout for Ronnie Long, now 68, comes after he sat in prison for 44 years following a wrongful conviction for burglary and rape...

Millions Are About to Receive Some Cash From Google

Company agrees to $700M settlement with consumers, states on high fees for app developers

(Newser) - More than 100 million consumers are eligible to receive funds from Google as part of an antitrust payout worth $700 million over fees Google charged in its app store. Per settlement terms released Monday , the tech giant will deposit $630 million into a fund that will dole out compensation to...

After Long Fight, Google Workers Due $20 Apiece

Settlement is the culmination of a 2016 lawsuit filed over 'evil' workplace policies

(Newser) - Google will pay $27 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it silenced employees through "evil" and illegal policies. It's "the largest agreement of its kind," per Semafor . But it's "a drop in the bucket" for Google, whose parent company "turned almost $20 billion...

Shakira's Tax Fraud Case Is Over Before It Began

Colombian singer settles with Spanish prosecutors over tax evasion of alleged $16M

(Newser) - Shakira's tax fraud trial began Monday, and it lasted a whopping eight minutes before it came to a close. That's according to the AP , which reports that the Colombian pop star reached a deal with prosecutors in Barcelona, Spain, over what they'd alleged was a failure to...

One Day After Suit Against Combs, a Resolution

Hip-hop mogul, R&B singer Cassie say they've reached a settlement 'amicably'

(Newser) - A day after R&B singer Cassie filed a federal complaint against hip-hop mogul Sean Combs (aka Diddy, aka Puff Daddy), accusing Combs of rape, physical abuse, and sex trafficking over their decadelong relationship, the two arrived at a settlement, reports the AP . In a Friday statement sent by Douglas...

Judge Slams Firm's 'Symbolic Middle Finger': 3 Tons of Coins

Colorado's JMF Enterprises tried to pay $23.5K subcontractor settlement in dimes, pennies, etc.

(Newser) - A Colorado welding company that was apparently upset over having to pay a settlement to a subcontractor has been stymied by a judge who called its tactics "in bad faith." CBS Colorado reports that Larimer County Judge Joseph Findley on Monday ordered JMF Enterprises to pay Fired Up...

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