A humorous settlement was reported by DNAInfo.com. The settlement was between New York City and a man named Robert Bell, who got a $15,000 settlement after he was arrested for giving police the finger.
Bell was held at the precinct and later released. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the police officer did not show up to court. He claims his first amendment rights were violated when he launched the lawsuit with the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Metro newspaper published a story about New York City spending $735 million on settlements and lawsuit awards for a variety of cases that include negligence, police abuse, and property damage. According to the story, the reason for this large dollar amount is because New York doesn’t have any caps on award damages like other states do.
The reasoning is because of this, people view suing the city as one big piggybank. What these critics fail to realize is people in states like Colorado don’t get what they deserve because of those caps. For example, in a recent case in Colorado, a person who was paralyzed due to medical malpractice was awarded $15 million but will only receive $300,000 for his injury. That’s just one story. There are others where states are more restrictive and the horror stories regarding medical caps are worse.
According to DC Spotlight newspaper, a teenager from a New York City middle school is filing a $16 million lawsuit against New York City because of an assault he suffered by a group of boys at his school. According to his attorney Sanford Rubenstein, Kardin Ulysse cannot see out of his right eye. They are suing the school because the students were not supervised during the attack.
DNAInfo.com reported a story about Robert Demartini, a Columbia University student who was beat up by security at the Lace Gentlemen’s Club in New York City. According to Carmen S. Giordano, DeMartini’s lawyer, his nose was broken and his face disfigured, requiring two surgeries.
Situations like this have happened where security at certain establishments are too rough with customers. Demartini has filed a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money.
Reporters from The Real Deal newspaper did a story on tenants of a residential building in New York City suing the landlord for violating the law. According to the story, a New York State Supreme Court judge granted their lawsuit class action status, which alleges the landlord took advantage of credits for regulated apartments and at the same time charged his residents deregulated prices for 20 years. The tenants are looking for compensation for the past overcharges.
An interesting event is happening for attorneys in New York City this Wednesday. The event, titled Emerging Ethical Issues for Attorneys, is presented by HB Litigation Conferences and West Ed Legal Center. Presentations and discussions will be held on topics including
•Legal process outsourcing
•Law firm and litigation finance and alternative fee arrangements
•Social media and internet communications
•Cloud computing and data storage
•Lawyer hiring and lateral movement of lawyers
•Responding to crises and dealing with malpractice insurers
The event will take place on July 25th, 2012 at Thomson Hall, 195 Broadway, New York, NY. You can view the agenda and register here.
The New York Post reported the story of Crystal Wright-Johnson who seemed like she was going to be on the losing end of a civil lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City. Apparently, as she tried to board a bus, the driver started moving, dragging her and causing serious injuries. As a result, she had to go on disability.
As the court case went on, the woman could not find any witnesses to back up her story, even after flooding her neighborhood with flyers about the incident. The bus driver denied the incident happened. Then, at what seemed like the eleventh hour, a witness stepped forward and backed her claims. The MTA saw this and agreed to a $3 million settlement.
There is a lawsuit currently making its way through the courts, and it has made waves throughout New York City, especially in the education system. The lawsuit concerns a video that was taken showing a student being beaten by a school teacher.
In the video, the teacher is shown manhandling the student. The teacher, who was reportedly double the size of the student, is being investigated by the Board of Education. The board has also begun an investigation of the school over allegations of a cover up.
The incidents of physical fighting between students and teachers are rare, but in the past few years, has been a growing epidemic. Teachers it seems are losing patience and are fighting physically with their students. This incident seems more egregious since the beating was caught on video.
A teacher is supposed to be protecting the students. This video shows a huge, overpowering teacher beating up a student. If this is indeed a growing phenomenon, parents have to be ready to spring into action. The beating resulted in serious injuries to the student’s back and neck.
Lawsuit funding can help get justice for students and families who find themselves in this situation. It can provide the financing which can act like a cushion for them to keep fighting and resist a paltry settlement offer. This incident is enough to show parents with children in school that they need be worried about the students as well as the teachers.
Prisoners’ rights are not a high priority for many people. However, to those who value civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties, it matters to them greatly. To them, prisoner rights are as valuable as the rights of anyone else. This case can go to the absurd column or an actual case where prisoner rights are being threatened.
Former Riker’s Island inmate Michael Isolda is suing New York City for $80 million about the food and his subsequent treatment while on Riker’s Island. According to him, while in jail on drug charges, he nearly died because the time to eat was not sufficient enough to fully consume his meals, which caused problems to his digestive system. Before and after pictures of Isolda can be seen here.
He had gastric bypass surgery and the eating procedure caused him problems. Before he went to jail, Isolda’s surgeon sent a letter to the sentencing judge about his condition and how his eating habits would be affected. The rules at Rikers made things worse for Isolda. He was rushed to surgery and is struggling to get his life back together.
New York City has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Christopher Robinson for $2 million. Robinson was the young man beaten to death by a group of inmates in 2008 while he was on Riker’s Island serving time for a minor offense.
His beating and several others caused a major commotion in New York City about the on goings in Riker’s island. It was discovered that some of the prison guards in charge of the detention unit gave certain inmates authority to keep order. The inmates, because of that authority, would get special treatment.
Several of the guards went to prison or are in court for their actions. Other inmates have filed suit with the court and are looking for class action status for similar claims of guards turning a blind eye to inmates getting beat up.