Jury recommends death penalty for “The Hollywood Ripper”

A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty for a man dubbed “The Hollywood Ripper” after he was found guilty of two murders and attempted murder. The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, included 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had plans with actor Ashton Kutcher.

It took jurors less than five hours to decide in favor of recommending death over life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Read More From Source

Civil rights restored to 20,000 Virginia ex-felons

Governor Ralph Northam announced that more than 20,000 Virginians previously convicted of a felony have had their civil rights restored since he took office in January 2018.

A total of 22,205 people had their rights restored. The restored civil rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office and become a notary public.

“Virginia remains one of the few states in the nation that permanently strip individuals of their civil rights after a felony conviction,” said Northam in a release. “I’m proud to use my executive clemency power to restore those rights to Virginians who have completed their sentences and returned to their communities seeking a second chance. This is about doing what is fair and right, and is an important part of our ongoing work to build a stronger, more accessible, and more inclusive Commonwealth.”

In February, Northam announced that more than 10,000 people had their civil rights restored since taking office.

Read More From Source

Shooter in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case Gets 20 Years

The Florida man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a convenience store parking lot, reigniting the debate over the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, will serve a 20-year prison sentence, a judge ruled Thursday.

Michael Drejka, who was convicted in August of manslaughter for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, stared straight ahead and clenched his jaw as Pinellas Pasco Circuit Court Judge Joseph Bulone read the sentence.

Read More From Source

1st DUI in Okla. may require interlock system in car

As of Nov. 1, there will be no more implied consent hearings for those arrested for driving under the influence in Oklahoma.

This law was originally introduced back in 2017 but was overturned by the State Supreme Court. It’s now been amended and will totally change the hearing process for Oklahomans accused of driving under the influence.

According to Frank Urbanic with Urbanic Law Firm in Oklahoma City, “On November first of this year, we are going to have probably the biggest change to D.U.I. law in decades.”

Read More From Source

140 ransomware attacks on local governments, police and hospitals

Just this year alone, 140 attacks targeting public state and local governments and health care providers have been reported, according to a tally by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, which has tracked attacks on local governments since 2013 and the healthcare industry since 2016.

The attacks have targeted schools, local government offices and hospitals. One recent victim was a network of Alabama hospitals that had to stop accepting new patients because of a ransomware attack.

“Undoubtedly the number of attacks this year across all sectors is in the thousands,” Recorded Future senior solutions architect Allan Liska tells CNN. “In fact, most security firms estimate that 2019 is set to see the highest number.”

Read More From Source

Illinois workers can now sue employers for jobsite injuries

A new Senate Bill recently signed into Illinois law creates changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act that allow workers to bring civil lawsuits against Illinois employers in occupational injury and disease cases.

Illinois employers have relied on the fact that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act has provided an “exclusive remedy” for workers to recover compensation for certain injuries from occupational illnesses, injuries, and diseases. For many years, workers were barred from bringing claims against employers after a limited time period. The recent Senate Bill 1596 signed into Illinois law by Governor J.B.Pritzker changes those provisions.

Under changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, workers will be permitted to file civil lawsuits against employers in latent injury cases. Senate Bill 1596 will remove all time bars for workers who suffer from latent illnesses and diseases caused by exposure to toxic substances including asbestos, beryllium, radiation, and other similar substances.

Read More From Source

Daimler Fined $960M to Settle Rigged Diesel-Car Probe

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has been hit with an €870 million (roughly $960 million) fine as part of a settlement with German prosecutors over the automaker’s own diesel cheating scandal. The fine comes in at the lower end of what was expected earlier this year.

The news comes just about four years to the day after Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal was exposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and California’s Air Resources Board. Volkswagen’s massive emissions cheating scandal, which affected 11 million cars worldwide, kicked off several investigations and lawsuits that helped uncover similar efforts at automakers like Daimler to skirt regulations on diesel vehicles.

Germany’s motor authority found that some 280,000 Mercedes-Benz C-class and E-class vehicles had been outfitted with software that made them look cleaner than they were during testing, similar to the grift that Volkswagen had pulled (though on a smaller scale).

Read More From Source

$59.8 Million Drunk Driving Verdict

San Antonio jury sent a message to Texas and the entire country in delivering a $59.8 million verdict in a crash involving a drunk driver. The case, Armando Guerrero III vs. Nydia Pena, was tried in the 166th District Court in Bexar County. On Tuesday, Judge Laura Salinas converted the verdict into a $60,086,578.32 judgment, to include pre-judgment interest in the case. This judgment cannot be dismissed by bankruptcy (under 11 U.S.C. § 523 – U.S. Code – Title 11. Bankruptcy § 523. Exceptions to discharge (A) 9.)

The crash occurred in May 2016, when the vehicle carrying Thomas J. Henry’s client, 23-year-old Armando Guerrero, III, was struck by a speeding drunk driver who ran a red light on Southwest Military Drive.

Mr. Guerrero suffered facial and abdominal injuries and underwent surgery for a broken jaw, spleen repair, and other injuries.

Read More From Source

Entertainment Benefits Group Settles Two EEOC Lawsuits for $925,000

The Miami-based travel and entertainment company Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG) has settled sexual harassment and disability lawsuits for $925,000 and injunctive relief with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

EBG failed to provide accommodations to employees with disabilities and failed to engage in the interactive process required by law, often claiming that doing so would jeopardize its relationships with EBG’s business partners. In a second lawsuit, the EEOC charged EBG with failing to investigate allegations of third-party harassment and not taking corrective actions to cease the harassing behavior. The EEOC further contends that EBG retaliated against employees who requested accommodations, were associated with someone with a disability or who complained about harassment.

EBG will provide $925,000 in monetary relief to the victims. In conjunction with the monetary relief, EBG will develop a centralized tracking system for employee requests for disability accommodations; create a procedure for the handling and investigation of employees’ harassment complaints; and provide effective ADA and Title VII training for human resources, management and other personnel. 

Read More From Source

$69M Settlement in Provigil, Nuvigil Antitrust Case

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced four settlement agreements against pharmaceutical companies for entering into collusive “pay-for-delay agreements” that illegally delay affordable prescription drugs from entering the market. Together, the settlements will result in these pharmaceutical companies making a nearly $70 million payment to the state. These settlements include the largest pay-for-delay settlement received by any state and are also the only ones to secure injunctive relief for a state against future pay-for-delay agreements. Pay-for-delay agreements allow a brand name drug company to continue its monopoly of a branded drug and to charge consumers higher prices.

The first settlement with Teva addresses anticompetitive pay-for-delay agreements that delayed a generic narcolepsy drug, Provigil, from entering the market for almost six years. The three other settlements with Teva, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Teikoku address similar practices that prevented a generic version of the drug Lidoderm, a shingles medication, from entering the market for almost two years. Pay-for-delay agreements are costly to consumers and the healthcare market, causing consumers to pay as much as 90% more for drugs shielded from competition. 

“These dark, illegal, collusive agreements that drug companies devise not only choke off-price competition but burden our families and patients—they force every Californian to shoulder higher prices for life-saving medication. It’s nothing less than playing with people’s lives,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Californians shouldn’t have to pay an arm and leg to afford their prescriptions.”

Read More From Source