Editor’s Choice: Top Five Legal News Stories of the Day
Here are some news items we thought you’d find interesting.
- No Halloween treats for Tennessee sex offenders.To make Halloween a little less scary, Tennessee put extra restrictions on sex offenders. According to a letter by the state’s board of probation and parole, sex offenders can’t visit Halloween parties, corn mazes, or haunted houses. Their porch lights have to stay off on Halloween night and they can’t open the door to trick-or-treaters.
Death by dentist leads to $1 million settlement. Imagine your worst dental nightmare. A thirteen-year-old Ohio girl visited her dentist last December to have some baby teeth removed. She was given an intravenous sedation to put her in “twilight sleep,” she then lapsed into a coma and never woke up.
After her death, her 81-year-old dentist agreed to stop administering any form of general anesthesia or sedation. In September he retired his practice. Last week, the dentist’s insurer agreed to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the girl’s parents. The money will be split three ways, with a third to go to each parent and their attorney.
While sedation sounds like a great idea (who wouldn’t want to sleep through those dental procedures) it comes with tons of risks. Be sure to understand the benefits and dangers of your pain management options. Don’t hesitate to ask how your dentist handles patient monitoring and emergencies.
- Company on hook for cruelty to cancer stricken employee.A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a company that allowed its employee to be harassed after cancer surgery.
The employee said that after surgery to remove a cancerous testicle and neck tumor, he was taunted with jeers of “Uni-ball” and “cut throat” by his supervisor. Despite complaints to upper management, nothing was done to curb the ridicule. The employee was then fired after complaining again about the harassment.
The judge ruled the employee couldn’t sue for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because his cancer didn’t qualify as a disability under that law. However, the employee could sue for emotional distress and reta liatory discharge. The supervisor’s outrageous behavior justified an emotional injury claim and it was illegal for the company to fire the employee for making an ADA claim.
Whether you’re an employer or employee, an employment law attorney can help you handle discrimination or harassment issues that arise at your workplace. Check out these employment discrimination articles to learn more about the subject.
- Antiock settles lawsuit that claimed police targeted minority renters. Antioch, California city officials approved a $360,000 settlement to end a class action lawsuitfiled on behalf of black residents of low income housing. The suit alleged police formed a special unit to harass and intimidate African-Americans who received rent vouchers through the federal “Section 8” housing program.
Denying any wrongdoing, officials say they settled the suit to avoid the expense of a trial. But as part of the settlement, they agreed future police action won’t be based on residency in Section 8 housing. Five named plaintiffs are to split $180,000 and the rest will go to their lawyers.
It’s not easy to fight city hall, but class action lawsuits are an effective way to combat discrimination by police or other government officials. To learn more, read about protecting your civil rights or contact a civil rights attorney.
- Police use new license plate speed readers.Don’t drive with a suspended license in Indiana. Police there are equipping their cruisers with new license plate readers (LPRs). The gadgets collect license information from parked or traveling vehicles at a rate of 1,800 per minute.
Eventually, the LPRs will link to a database storing driver information. That’ll allow police to quickly identify vehicles associated with AMBER Alerts and habitual traffic violations. Officers especially hope the readers will enable them to crack down on more than 222,000 Indiana motorists driving on a suspended license.
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Martha Burns writes for Lawyers.com
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