More grandparents taking on parental role for grandchildren

CHICAGO (AP) — When Debra Aldridge became her grandson’s primary caregiver, she was making $7.50 per hour as a cook. The alternative for the newborn, she was told, was to put him up for adoption. “I took one look at the…
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Prominent Baltimore attorney brings class-action lawsuit against Flint officials over water contamination – Baltimore Sun

Prominent Baltimore attorney William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr. — who recently won a $6.4 million settlement for the family of Freddie Gray — has brought a federal class-action lawsuit against state and local officials in Flint, Michigan over the contamination of the city’s drinking water.
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Top South African University to Re-Open After Protests – The New York Times

One of South Africa’s top universities will re-open Wednesday after reaching agreements with students whose protests against tuition hikes spread to other campuses, forcing the closure of universities around the country.
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Feds Probing Videotaped Arrest of Disruptive Student – ABC News

The Justice Department said Tuesday it is investigating whether a deputy’s arrest of a student who refused to leave her high school math class violated federal civil rights laws. In recorded images posted on social media, the deputy can be seen flipping the girl backward in her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor.
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$17.8 Million Awarded to Volkswagen Driver Hit by Cement Truck

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The driver of the truck was distracted, reading paperwork while driving 50 miles per hour.

A Wayne County, MI, jury awarded $17.8 million in damages to a woman driving a Volkswagen that was rear-ended by a cement truck, leaving her unable to live independently. After eight days of trial, the jury compensated the injured driver on June 11, 2014 for lost wages, pain and suffering. “The jury’s verdict made it possible for me to have closure, have a new outlook on my life, start the real healing process, let go of the anger and ultimately, allowed me to see the silver lining,” said Vaylma Dorado, the 36-year-old plaintiff in the trial. On September 17, 2010, Dorado was rear ended by a cement truck on Telegraph Road. The driver of the truck was distracted, reading paperwork while driving 50 miles per hour. He ran into the back of Dorado’s vehicle while she was waiting to turn, driving her Volkswagen Jetta into a utility pole. Because of the accident, she had to have three spinal fusion back surgeries, a hip fusion and shoulder surgery. Dorado now has a collection of screws and plates in her spine that causes her constant pain. She also suffered a significant traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a result, she is no longer able to work or live independently. “Nothing that happened since the accident will restore our client’s health, but the money the jury awarded will ensure that she has the medical and professional care she needs so that financial concerns will no longer stand in the way of her continuing rehabilitation,” said David Christensen of Christensen Law. Co-counsel Sarah Stempky Kime commented, “Thanks to the jury’s decision, our client can now focus on healing and adjusting to her new life-changing circumstances without the added anxiety of wondering how she would pay for the additional assistance she needs as a result of the accident.” Christensen and Stempky Kime explained that the firm’s trial record is among the top 1 percent of trial attorneys nationwide. Christensen Law is a personal injury law firm that specializes in helping victims of automobile and truck accidents.

$4.5M Settlement Finalized in Best Buy Robocall Class Action

17983s.jpgNew York, NY: A $4.5 million settlement has been finalized ending a class action lawsuit against Best Buy Co., Inc, alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer protection Act, (TCPA) by making unsolicited telephone calls. Specifically, the lawsuit, entitled Chesbro v. Best Buy Co., Inc., case number 2:10-cv-00774, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, claimed that Best Buy placed automated telephone calls to customers regarding its customer rewards program, a violation of the TCPA, Washington Automatic Dialing and Announcing Act.
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In a case filed in April 2010, lead plaintiff Michael Chesbro claimed Best Buy automatically signed customers up for its Rewards Zone program without their knowledge when they purchased electronics under a payment plan. The company then called them with information about that program. In his motion for final approval, Chesbro requested the settlement funds go towards 439,000 state class members, in addition to the 42,000 members of the national class. All expenses and fees will be deducted from the settlement fund, leaving about $3.2 million to be distributed among the class members.