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SPLC Settles Federal Lawsuit in Gardendale

Settlement Agreement Resolves Claims Against City, Judge For Violating Rights Of Defendants Unable To Pay Court Debt

The city of Gardendale and its municipal court have cut ties with a private probation company that ran an illegal, profit-driven, private probation scheme in Gardendale by exploiting low-income defendants and violating their federal constitutional and state rights. The separation is part of the settlement of a federal, class-action lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that also required new…

Oxygen Media Defends Series about Missing Teen Natalee Holloway

Oxygen Media is defending itself against a $35 million lawsuit filed by the mother of an American teenager who disappeared in Aruba in 2005. A company representative says in a statement that Beth Holloway’s lawsuit gives an “inaccurate depiction” of the 2017 series “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.” The Alabama teen hasn’t been seen since vanishing during a graduation trip…

Trump Sued for Blocking Some of His Critics on Twitter

First Amendment advocates are suing President Donald Trump, saying some of his critics have been unconstitutionally blocked from following him on Twitter. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The lawsuit says Twitter has become an important public forum for the president and he frequently makes public announcements there….

Takata Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Air Bag Case

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators. Takata admits to hiding problems that can cause inflators to explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. U.S. prosecutors still are seeking…

Landfill Owner Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Uniontown Residents

The owner of a landfill in a small Alabama city has dropped a defamation lawsuit filed against residents who used social media to voice their opposition to the disposing of coal ash at the site. The American Civil Liberties Union, which defended the landfill opponents in Uniontown, announced Tuesday that a settlement had been reached in U.S. District Court. Georgia-based…

Gov. Bentley Seeks Dismissal of Collier Lawsuit

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former law enforcement secretary who publicly accused Bentley of having an affair with a staffer. Bentley and current Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler, in a joint filing last week, asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Spencer Collier.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Collier sued…

Mother Settles JetBlue Lawsuit After Son Flown To Wrong City

A New York City woman has agreed to settle her lawsuit against JetBlue Airways after it mixed up her 5-year-old son with another boy and flew him to the wrong city. Maribel Martinez’s lawyer announced the settlement on Tuesday, saying the matter was resolved amicably. No other settlement details have been released. The New York-based airline has declined to comment….

Trump University Lawsuits Settled for $25M

Trump University lawsuits settled for $25M NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on litigation over Trump University (all times local): 4:20 p.m. New York’s attorney general says President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve three lawsuits over Trump University, his former school for real estate investors. The deal announced Friday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman…

Lawsuit accuses Pat Dye of causing Macon County crash

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) – A lawsuit accuses former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye of causing a vehicle crash and refusing to let the other driver leave afterward. The suit filed in Macon County on Thursday says Dye collided with a vehicle driven by Jimmie Lee McCoy Sr., who was injured. The suit claims Dye and another man then took…

Justices Raise Doubts About $399M Judgment Against Samsung

The Supreme Court is raising serious doubts about a $399 million judgment against smartphone maker Samsung for illegally copying parts of the patented design of Apple’s iPhone. Justices hearing arguments Tuesday in the long-running dispute seemed troubled that Samsung was ordered to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models even though the features at issue are just…