Brewing Lawsuits: Civil Rights, Product Liability, and More

brewing-lawsuitsThe New York Daily News reported a story of a Jewish man in Crown Heights, Brooklyn-Ehud Halevy-who is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the New York Police Department. According to his allegations and video of the incident, the police confronted Halevy and beat him with a baton and pepper sprayed him. He was also in jail for four days over the incident. The video will likely play a huge factor in determining if the case will settle or go to trial.

On a different note, the United States Justice Department has decided to file a civil lawsuit against the rating agency Standard & Poor’s over their pre-crash ratings. There have been calls for years to take legal action against the agencies for their faulty ratings. Many of the critics cite the ratings some of the securities had as blanket approval for the misbehavior of the banks and the reason the economy is in recession now. The agencies have said their ratings are just opinion and should be taken as such. The added pressure of the Frontline story Untouchables may have played a role in pushing the Department of Justice to take action against the agencies.

Finally, a Kansas woman is suing Qualitest Pharmaceuticals in what maybe a class action lawsuit against the company for the defective batch of birth-control pills it distributed from which several women got pregnant. The woman, Shanta Russell, was described by the Huffington Post as a person who always took her pills and had no problems up until now being a mother with all the costs and expenses that come with it. An estimated 200 women have currently made inquiries to the defective batch of birth control pills. Russell is seeking compensation for the healthcare costs, the regular costs of raising a child, and the emotional pain she has had to go through since discovering she was pregnant.

Written by Lulaine Compere.

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