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Police Settle Excessive Force Suit

Police have settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and four deputies, claiming that the deputies used excessive force against him.  Details of the settlement were not disclosed. The incident took place in December 2011, after Kallas, the plaintiff, had crashed his minivan.  Kallas was beaten… read more…

Did Manufacturer of Low-T Drug Disclose Risks?

Five individuals have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Low-T testosterone therapy drug AndroGel.  The suit has alleged that AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories  concealed facts about AndroGel and serious side-effects associated with the drug. According to the suit, the manufacturer failed to adequately research the risks of stroke or heart attack from testosterone therapy,… read more…

DUI Fatality Accident Results in 54 Year Sentence

A judge has sentenced Marquitta Littlebear to 54 years in prison following a conviction in a DUI fatality accident that killed Susan Mamary in February 2012.  According to reports, Littlebear was driving under the influence of alcohol, and had marijuana and cocaine in her system.  She was also driving with two children in the car,… read more…

Should Prisons Use Isolation to Retaliate?

The Tacoma News Tribune is reporting that the ACLU and Columbia Legal Services have dropped a lawsuit alleging that solitary confinement was used to retaliate against a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center. The article says that the lawsuit was ended after “the release of about two dozen detainees from isolation.” ICE spokesman Andrew… read more…

Actos Litigation Continues

Litigation involving the drug Actos (Pioglitazone) is continuing in the class actions posture following a verdict in a bellweather case in excess of $9 billion dollars. The manufacturer of Actos,Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., made more than $16 billion before Actos went generic in 2012.  While internal records show that Takeda knew about a link between Actos… read more…

Woman Arrested for Negligent Homicide in Motorcycle Accident

Tulsa police have arrested a Neva Whiteman for causing the death of Zachery Edens. Edens was riding his motorcycle when Whiteman turned left in front of him causing the accident. According to reports, Edens tried to avoid the collision by laying his motorcycle down, but he was unable to avoid the accident with Whiteman. Edens… read more…

Can I Get a DUI if I’m Not Driving?

The Ottawa County District Attorney recently charged a Tribal Marshal for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after deputies discovered him passed out in the back seat of his patrol car. The district attorney based the DUI charge on facts that did not indicate the Marshal was driving. According to reports, deputies discovered the Marshal in… read more…

Ban on Texting While Driving May Decrease Accidents

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would specifically prohibit drivers from texting while driving. Under the current law, Oklahoma prohibits distracted driving in general, but there is no law that specifically targets texting while driving. According to a report in the Tulsa World, Oklahoma is one of only 11 states without some type… read more…

Is there liability for animals running at large?

A fatality accident involving a horse running at-large could result in liability for the owner. According to reports, Robert Green of Westville was traveling southbound on Highway 59 when his motorcycle struck a horse in the center of the road. Under Oklahoma law, owners domestic animals, including horses and cows, can be liable when those… read more…

Does Failure to Yield Result in Liability?

According to reports, Jeremy Lawson, 19, of Alexander, AR was killed yesterday when a garbage truck failed to yield at an intersection. Lawson was reportedly driving a motorcycle on state highway 412 when a garbage truck turned in front of him causing Lawson and his passenger to collide with the truck. By law, traffic entering… read more…