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  • Dartmouth, Students Settle Claims Over Professors' Sex Abuse For $14 Million
    CONCORD, N.H. - Dartmouth College and nine female current and former students announced on Aug. 6 that they reached a $14 million settlement of claims that the school failed to protect students from sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination by three professors known as the "Predators' Club" (Kristina Rapuano, et al. v. Dartmouth College, No. 18-01070, D. N.H.).

  • $2.18 Million Awarded To Florida Bicyclist Hit By Vehicle In Crosswalk
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - After a driver admitted hitting a bicyclist in a crosswalk, a Florida jury awarded the bicyclist $2.18 million, including nearly $2 million in noneconomic damages, on July 31 (Mary Mitchell v. Steven Paul Anderson, No. 18-001085, Fla. Cir., Lee Co., 20th Jud. Cir.).

  • New Jersey Judge Finalizes Jury's Defense Verdict For Building Owner
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A New Jersey judge on Aug. 7 entered judgment on a jury's finding that a building owner was not liable for a woman's ankle injury from tripping and falling on a step because she failed to show that the owner did not maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition (Carmela Minor, et al. v. W & F Gressing, et al., No. 2230-17, N.J. Super., Middlesex Co.).

  • Nevada High Court Orders New Trial Over Disabled Man's Choking Death On Bus
    CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada case law imposes a heightened duty of care on a common carrier toward its passengers that applies only to transportation-related risks, a divided Nevada Supreme Court held Aug. 1, vacating a $15 million award to the parents of a disabled man who choked to death on a sandwich while riding on a paratransit bus and remanding for a new trial (First Transit Inc., et al. v. Jack Chernikoff, et al., No. 70164, Nev. Sup., 2019 Nev. LEXIS 44).

  • Railroad Not Liable For Death Of Teen Struck By Train, 6th Circuit Affirms
    CINCINNATI - A lower court properly admitted evidence about an antidepressant's side effects to help explain why a 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a train did not move off of the tracks, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Aug. 5, affirming that several railroad defendants were not liable for her death (Jessica Frye v. CSX Transportation Inc., et al., No. 18-2056, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 23305).


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