49ers, Santa Clara settle suit over disability access for $24M

The 49ers and Santa Clara have agreed to pay $24 million and make Levi’s Stadium and its parking lot more accessible to people with disabilities in a proposed settlement with fans in wheelchairs, who said they encountered barriers in buying tickets, parking, reaching their seats and even using the restrooms.

The settlement, now pending before a federal judge in San Jose, would be the largest ever in a class-action lawsuit over physical access to a facility by the disabled, Guy Wallace, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said Wednesday. He said the payments would be divided among people with mobility impairments — perhaps as many as 6,000 — who have had access problems at the stadium since it opened in 2014.

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Jury Awards Calif Woman Injured in 2017 Crash $6.1M

A former Canyon Country, California, woman seriously injured in a traffic collision two years ago has been awarded a court settlement of $6.126 million.

Chung Wu Hsu, 62, who has since moved from Canyon Country, suffered severe and traumatic injuries after her vehicle was broadsided by a box truck whose driver ran a red light after he dozed off behind the wheel, her lawyers announced Monday in a news release.

Following a 15-day trial, a Los Angeles County jury has awarded Hsu $6.126 million, said the release from the law firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP.

“Ms. Hsu’s life is forever changed as a result of this horrific collision,” attorney Kevin Boyle was quoted as saying in the news release.

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$12M verdict in Florida pedestrian accident case

$12,037,000 verdict was awarded to Anthony Burbano of Florida for injuries and damages suffered in a June 2013 pedestrian accident that led to the amputation of his arm, traumatic brain injury, knee ligament tears, vascular injuries to his leg, and other serious trauma. The complaint alleges that defendant Debra Kay Short, who was driving the sedan that struck Burbano, was negligently operating her vehicle by either driving too fast for the wet conditions or failing to maintain a proper lookout before the crash.

According to the lawsuit, on June 27, 2013Anthony Burbano, 29, was standing on the sidewalk alongside Fourth Street North in St. Petersburg, near the intersection with Koger Boulevard. He was waiting for the traffic light to change so he could cross the road.

The lawsuit alleges that Debra Short was driving on Fourth Street in wet conditions when she swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of her. She came up onto the sidewalk and struck Burbano, who was thrown 30 to 40 feet into the air. After landing next to the sidewalk, Burbano was run over by Short’s vehicle, causing injuries to Burbano’s head, a leg, and an arm.

The pedestrian accident attorneys representing Mr. Burbano are Wesley T. Straw and Matthew D. Emerson of Emerson Straw PL in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Civil rights restored to 20,000 Virginia ex-felons

Governor Ralph Northam announced that more than 20,000 Virginians previously convicted of a felony have had their civil rights restored since he took office in January 2018.

A total of 22,205 people had their rights restored. The restored civil rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office and become a notary public.

“Virginia remains one of the few states in the nation that permanently strip individuals of their civil rights after a felony conviction,” said Northam in a release. “I’m proud to use my executive clemency power to restore those rights to Virginians who have completed their sentences and returned to their communities seeking a second chance. This is about doing what is fair and right, and is an important part of our ongoing work to build a stronger, more accessible, and more inclusive Commonwealth.”

In February, Northam announced that more than 10,000 people had their civil rights restored since taking office.

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1st DUI in Okla. may require interlock system in car

As of Nov. 1, there will be no more implied consent hearings for those arrested for driving under the influence in Oklahoma.

This law was originally introduced back in 2017 but was overturned by the State Supreme Court. It’s now been amended and will totally change the hearing process for Oklahomans accused of driving under the influence.

According to Frank Urbanic with Urbanic Law Firm in Oklahoma City, “On November first of this year, we are going to have probably the biggest change to D.U.I. law in decades.”

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140 ransomware attacks on local governments, police and hospitals

Just this year alone, 140 attacks targeting public state and local governments and health care providers have been reported, according to a tally by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, which has tracked attacks on local governments since 2013 and the healthcare industry since 2016.

The attacks have targeted schools, local government offices and hospitals. One recent victim was a network of Alabama hospitals that had to stop accepting new patients because of a ransomware attack.

“Undoubtedly the number of attacks this year across all sectors is in the thousands,” Recorded Future senior solutions architect Allan Liska tells CNN. “In fact, most security firms estimate that 2019 is set to see the highest number.”

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‘Students For Trump’ Founder Pleads Guilty To Pretending To Be A Lawyer

The 23-year-old male who founded the groups Students for Trump pleaded guilty in a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday to wire fraud conspiracy for running a $46,000 scam in which he pretended to be a lawyer offering legal advice online.

The founder, John Lambert, created a fake website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn, where he pretended to be an NYU Law School graduate named John Pope. He claimed he had a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania and had worked in corporate law for 15 years, according to the New York Daily News.

Lambert will be sentenced in November. As part of his plea deal, he agreed not to appeal a sentence that is 21-months or less and will hand over the $46,000 he scammed out of clients.

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Judge denies J&J motion to end opioid trial

An ongoing lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its part in the opioid crisis will continue after the company’s effort to have the case dismissed was denied Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman. He denied a motion to toss the lawsuit, which accuses Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries of creating a public nuisance and costing the state of Oklahoma billions of dollars.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter told the court during proceedings that 4,653 Oklahomans died of unintentional overdoses involving prescription opioids from 2007 to 2017, and that there were more than 28,000 admissions for opioid and heroin treatment through state services from 2012 to 2018.

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Strip club to host golf tournament at Trump resort

The Trump Organization’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, will host a charity golf tournament this week put on by a strip club in the Miami area that will include dancers serving as “caddy girls” for the tournament’s participants.

The Shadow Cabaret is set to hold the “Shadow All Star Tournament” at the resort on Saturday, according to the Post. The paper said the “Trump name and family crest are displayed prominently in the strip club’s advertising materials,” which indicate that participation in the event ranges from $450 for a single player to $1,800 for a group of four with VIP upgrades available.

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Tennessee parents fight against damage caps

  • Cathy and Bobby Roberts lost their son in a crash caused by a faulty tire the maker knew about.
  • Tennessee has a law that limits jury awards in civil cases.
  • Tennessee’s law — passed to attract businesses — has been struck down by a federal appeals court.
  • The Roberts settled their case, but are fighting on behalf of other families for repeal of the law.

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