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Costa Cruise Faces Proposed Class Action Over Alleged Coronavirus Inaction
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A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against Costa Cruise, a subsidiary of Carnival, over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The lawsuit alleges the company neglected to inform Costa Luminosa passengers about potential coronavirus exposure and failed to take necessary precautions to protect those aboard. As the complaint states, passengers "were dragged across the Atlantic in a ticking coronavirus time bomb which to date has resulted in at least seven deaths." The lawsuit was filed in Florida on Tuesday.
David Oliver, USA Today 04/08/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Class Certification Granted in Discrimination Suit Against Employment Agency
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On March 31, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, Sara L. Ellis, granted class certification to a class of African Americans who argue that defendant Personnel Staffing Group, LLC (d/b/a Most Valuable Personnel ("MVP")) systematically steered African American workers away from work assignments at defendant Gold Standard Baking Inc. ("GSB") because of GSB's discriminatory hiring policy.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Counsel Financial 04/08/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
EEOC: Telluride Express Refused to Hire Driver's Over 75
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against Telluride Express in Montrose, Colorado over alleged age discrimination. The plaintiff was over the age of 75 with more than five decades of commercial driving experience when he applied for a shuttle driver position. However, the company rejected the plaintiff's application because it had purchased a commercial auto insurance policy that provided no coverage for shuttle drivers age 75 and older.
Staff Report, Insurance Journal 04/02/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Michigan Supreme Court Will Hear Lawsuit Over Ambulance Crash
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The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether a Genesee County ambulance company is responsible for an accident that occurred in 2012. The plaintiff was being transported to the hospital following a rollover automobile accident when the ambulance crashed into another vehicle. He alleges the ambulance driver was grossly negligent in causing the second accident, which resulted in the amputation of his leg. According to the high court, oral arguments in the case and three others will be heard later this month.
Ron Fonger, MLive 04/07/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Walmart 'Had Duty to Protect' Worker Who Died of COVID-19, Alleges Lawsuit
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Walmart has been hit with a lawsuit by the family of a worker who died of the coronavirus. The lawsuit alleges the Chicago-area store failed to notify workers after several employees began showing symptoms. As stated in the complaint, Walmart "had a duty to exercise reasonable care in keeping the store in a safe and healthy environment and, in particular, to protect employees, customers and other individuals within the store from contracting COVID-19." The man's brother filed suit against Walmart Inc. on Monday in a Cook County Circuit Court.
Minyvonne Burke, NBC News 04/07/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Fire at Austin Apartment Complex
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A lawsuit alleges an apartment complex in Austin, Texas, is responsible for the death of a man in a 2019 fire. The apartment complex caught fire one year ago after being struck by lightning. According to the lawsuit filed by the son of the man who died, smoke detectors and alarm systems at the property were "not properly functioning due to their age and poor maintenance." Named as defendants are the apartment complex, CF Cricket Hollow Associates Limited Partnership, and the apartment property management company, Churchill Forge Properties.
Shawna M Reding, KVUE-TV 04/07/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Arkansas Appeals Court Denies Nursing Home's Arbitration Request
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An Arkansas appeals court has ruled that Camden-Progressive Eldercare Services Inc. cannot force arbitration in a resident's death. The nursing home sought to compel arbitration rather than proceed with a jury trial in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the woman who passed away at the facility. The family states the elderly woman suffered falls, a bedsore, infections, malnutrition, severe pain and death as a result of the facility's negligence and medical malpractice. The facility had cited an arbitration checklist as a reason to force arbitration, which was denied.
David Beasley, Legal Newsline 04/08/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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