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Packaged Salsa Recalled due to Salmonella spacer.gifClub Chef LLC has issued a recall of 12-ounce, 16-ounce, and 5-pound packages of its salsa due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. The salsa, sold under the Private Selection brand name, will be recalled from 11 states. There have been no illnesses reported in association with the recalled salsa. Staff Report, The Charleston Gazette 03/30/2012 Read Article: The Charleston Gazette

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False Mammogram Results Led to Death, Suit Says spacer.gifThe death of a Georgia woman from breast cancer has prompted a lawsuit against Perry Hospital and a former radiology technician who allegedly reported negative results for mammograms when they were actually positive. According to the suit, the woman had a mammogram at the hospital between 2008 and 2009 and was given normal results, when in fact she had metastatic breast cancer. By the time the error was caught more than a year later, her cancer had developed beyond treatment, and the woman ultimately died. The suit is seeking damages of up to $10,000, as well as punitive damages to be determined by a jury. Becky Purser , Macon Telegraph 03/30/2012 Read Article: Macon Telegraph

<a __removedlink__748304706__href=http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/29/2135215/settlement-reached-in-jail-death.html" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Settlement Reached in California Taser Death spacer.gifStanislaus County, Calif., has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a Modesto, Calif., man who was tased to death by officers in a local jail. The man got into a struggle with deputies while being moved to another cell when he was shot multiple times with Tasers. Medical records show he died shortly thereafter of hypertensive heart disease. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Rosalio Ahumada , Modesto Bee 03/30/2012 Read Article: Modesto Bee

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line.gifLabor/Employment line.gifspacer.gifIowa Attorney Accused of Discrimination by Employeespacer.gifAn Iowa woman has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, who is up for consideration for a federal judgeship, accusing her of "discrimination and poor management." The lawsuit claims that Stephanie Rose discriminated and harassed employees in her office over the age of 40 - often demoting or removing them from the staff, and hiring younger, less-qualified applicants. The plaintiff said when she complained about the behavior, Rose create a "negative and hostile" work environment for her. Jennifer Jacobs, DesMoines Register 03/30/2012 Read Article: DesMoines Register

Laws/Cases line.gif spacer.gif Suit Filed Against Maker of FiveFingers Running Shoesspacer.gifA lawsuit has been filed against the maker of the FiveFingers running shoe, accusing the company of false claims about the health benefits the shoes provide. The lawsuit disputes the claims that the shoes improve posture and muscle strength, and say runners who use the shoes may be at higher risk of injury. Last year, Reebok International Ltd. settled a similar lawsuit against claims about the company's line of toning shoes. Michael B. Farrell, Boston Globe 03/30/2012 Read Article: Boston Globe

<a __removedlink__748304706__href=http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120329/NEWS/303290120/Second-lawsuit-filed-against-pastor-Mt-Zion-Baptist?odyssey=nav|head" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Pastor Accused of Affair with Church Member's Wifespacer.gifA lawsuit has been filed against the pastor of one of the largest churches in Nashville, claiming the pastor slept with the wife of one of the church members. According to the suit, the couple engaged in pastoral counseling with Bishop Joseph Walker III in 2000, and shortly thereafter Walker began having an affair with the plaintiff's wife. The affair, which allegedly lasted four years, led to the couple's divorce, the suit says. A similar lawsuit has been filed against Walker, alleging sexual misconduct with another church member. Bob Smietana, Tennessean 03/29/2012 Read Article: Tennessean

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900,000 Lockable Cabinets Recalled spacer.gifThe Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 900,000 Push 'N Snap cabinet locks due to defects in the locks that can cause them to fail. Imported by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., the agency said a child can easily disengage the cabinet lock, gaining access to the contents and potentially injuring themselves. There have been 200 reports of locks that did not properly secure the cabinets. Staff Report, PR Newswire 03/22/2012 Read Article: PR Newswire

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Nurse Cut Off Infant's Finger, Suit Claims spacer.gifA Florida mother has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Regional Medical Center and a nurse there who accidentally cut off her 3-month-old daughter's finger. The girl had been taken to the hospital with a high fever, the suit says, and when she was about to be sent home the nurse accidentally cut off one of her fingers instead of the IV tube. The finger was not able to be reattached. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages. Nina Mandell , New York Daily News 03/28/2012 Read Article: New York Daily News

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<a __removedlink__1053684808__href=http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/widow-of-ice-detainee-1399742.html" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Suit Filed over Death of Man in Immigration Custody spacer.gifA Mexican woman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the U.S. federal government after her husband died while being held by immigration authorities in Georgia. The suit claims the man, who died from myocarditis, was not properly reviewed by a physician, as is required by federal law. Immigration records show the man had x-rays taken and that the results were "abnormal," but nothing was done to help him. Jeremy Redmon , Atlanta Journal-Constitution 03/27/2012 Read Article: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Restaurant Settles Identity Theft Lawsuit spacer.gifA settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against a Des Moines restaurant chain over the failure to comply with federal anti-identity theft laws. According to the suit, Palmer's Deli & Market printed receipts with full credit card expiration dates on them, increasing the risk of identity theft for its customers. The majority of the settlement's $170,000 will go to legal costs, while the plaintiffs will receive drink coupons from the restaurant. Jeff Eckhoff and James Heggen , DesMoines Register 03/28/2012 Read Article: DesMoines Register

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Suit: YMCA Pays Men more than Women spacer.gifA group of female managers at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh have filed a lawsuit against the organization, saying male employees are paid more than their female counterparts. The plaintiffs claim in their suit that despite equal or higher scores on the YMCA's tool used to determine pay grade, the women were still paid less than men. The suit is seeking back payment as well as compensatory and punitive damages. Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 03/28/2012 Read Article: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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<a __removedlink__1053684808__href=http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/03/27/boston_settled_police_videotaping_lawsuit/" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Boston Settles Suit over Wrongful Arrest spacer.gifThe city of Boston has agreed to settle a $170,000 lawsuit with a local man who was arrested while video taping police activity with his cell phone. In his lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed he was arrested and prosecuted in 2007 for recording police who "allegedly used force while arresting a man on Boston Common." He was accused of violating state wiretapping laws, but the charges were dismissed because he had not been making the recording in secret. Wire Report, Boston Globe 03/27/2012 Read Article: Boston Globe

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DOMA Challenged by Same-Sex Immigrants spacer.gifA group of same-sex couples has filed a lawsuit against the federal government and the Defense of Marriage Act, saying it forces some citizens to choose between their non-citizen spouse and being able to live in the U.S. The suit claims that because the government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, the plaintiffs are left with "the choice of deportation for the immigrant or exile for the American." The suit is seeking unspecified damages. Staff Report, United Press International 04/03/2012 Read Article: United Press International

Pastor Says City is Violating His Free Speech Rights spacer.gifThe Florida pastor who was in the news for burning the Quran has filed a lawsuit against the city of Dearborn, Mich., claiming he is being denied his free-speech rights. The pastor is holding a rally this week outside a local mosque, and claims the city is forcing him to sign an agreement that would waive his legal rights "stemming from anything that might happen at the rally." If he signs, he would have to purchase insurance for the rally, which the suit says violates his constitutional free speech rights. Staff Report, Detroit Free Press 04/03/2012 Read Article: Detroit Free Press

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<a __removedlink__268829503__href=http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/03/honda-cr-v-recall-lose-control-control-arm-/1#.T3sJPtloP2s" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Faulty Welding Prompts Honda CR-V Recall spacer.gifHonda Motors has issued a recall of 1,316 CR-V SUVs due to a faulty part that can cause the car to lose control. The car maker said the front-right control arm - part of the suspension - on some of the vehicles "were improperly welded and could break, which could affect vehicle handling. There have been no crashes or injuries reported in association with the recalled vehicles. James R. Healey, USA Today 03/25/2012 Read Article: USA Today

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Suit: Long Island Restaurant Exploits Workers spacer.gifAn immigrant from Nepali has filed a lawsuit against a Long Island restaurant at which he works, saying his bosses forced him to live with a group of other workers in the restaurant basement so he could work more often. According to the suit, the plaintiff was forced to work 12-hour days for weeks on end while his pay was reduced from $500 a week down to nothing. The suit alleges unpaid wages and overtime law violations and is seeking unspecified damages. Erica Pearson , New York Daily News 04/03/2012 Read Article: New York Daily News

<a __removedlink__268829503__href=http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/04/02/School-aide-fighting-Facebook-suspension/UPI-21521333405708/" style="line-height: 10.8pt; font-family: Verdana; color: #000099; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none" target="_blank">Teacher Suspended in Michigan Fights Back spacer.gifA Michigan teacher's aide has challenged her suspension from the elementary school where she worked because she refused to give school administrators her Facebook password. The woman says the district superintendent demanded her password be handed over so he could view a picture she posted of a co-worker after the school received a complaint. When she refused, she was suspended. The issue is set to go to arbitration next month. Staff Report, United Press International 04/02/2012 Read Article: United Press International

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