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The U.S. Supreme Court has knocked down a multimillion-dollar restitution award to a child pornography victim, stating there needs to be more of a connection between the dollar amount and responsibility for the damage.

Paroline v. U.S. is one of many involving "Amy," a woman who was photographed as a child being raped by her uncle and whose images are commonly found on the computers of child porn offenders, reports The Associated Press. "Amy" had received $3.4 million in restitution from Doyle Randall Paroline, a man whose computer contained two images of her, but the High Court disagreed with the calculation in a 5-4 ruling.

How much restitution do these "Amy" cases warrant?

"Company Doe's" secrets could soon be revealed after a federal appeals court panel determined the corporation cannot keep product-safety litigation secret to protect its image.

The case involved the death of an infant, and the corporation wished to be only known as "Company Doe" in court papers to maintain confidentiality. But a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that sealing court records in this case violated the public's constitutional rights to "obtain access to civil proceedings," Reuters reports.

So when will "Company Doe" and its secrets be revealed? It's still not quite clear.

Unneeded Heart Stents Settlement: $37M for Mark Midei's Patients

A $37 million settlement agreement has been reached between the former owner of a Maryland hospital and patients of Dr. Mark Midei who went through unnecessary heart stent procedures.

Although Midei wasn't a party to the lawsuit, the settlement agreement seeks to do away with the class action lawsuits against Catholic Health Initiatives for Midei's actions, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The settlement agreement must be finalized by a judge before it's binding, but if approved on the current terms, as many as 273 patients could receive compensation.

Fla.'s Damages Cap for Medical-Malpractice Death Cases Struck Down

In case you missed it, the Florida Supreme Court recently struck down the state's damages cap on wrongful death awards resulting caused by medical malpractice.

The state law placed a $1 million limit on the amount of money people could be awarded for pain and suffering when someone dies from medical malpractice.

Why was the cap on damages for these types of cases struck down?

Toyota is slated to pay $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice over safety issues.

The car manufacturer admitted it concealed and misled consumers regarding safety defects in its vehicles, two of which caused unintended acceleration, reports Reuters. The acceleration defect was blamed for the deaths of a California Highway Patrol officer and his family -- allegedly caused by unintended acceleration in his Lexus.

How does this new settlement square Toyota with its customers and the federal government?

A five-figure confidential settlement between a former headmaster and a Florida school was blown after the plaintiff's daughter told the school to "SUCK IT" on Facebook, a state appellate court has ruled.

Patrick Snay, 69, had managed to settle a discrimination suit with Miami's Gulliver Preparatory School, which allocated $80,000 for Snay to walk away with, reports the Miami Herald. Too bad Snay's daughter Dana Snay blew the deal by blasting the school in a Facebook post.

Settlements don't come without strings, and Snay found that out the following lessons the hard way:

Grave charges of abuse in the L.A. Archdiocese, the nation's largest, have been settled out of court to the tune of $13 million.

Wrapping up 17 civil suits for abuse, the Archdiocese -- which boasts 5 million members in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties in California -- stated that these were the last of its "pending priest molestation lawsuits," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Here's what the settlement means for the Church, and for the alleged victims:

Merck is set to pay millions to settle claims related to its NuvaRing contraceptive, an intrauterine device that's been associated with heart attacks, strokes, and death.

The pharmaceutical company announced Friday that it plans to pay $100 million to settle nationwide lawsuits over NuvaRing, which allegedly increased users' risks of forming dangerous blood clots, Reuters reports.

How will former NuvaRing users be compensated?

The NFL's concussion settlement agreement with former players was released in detail on Monday.

The 356-page agreement was filed in federal court, but the details of the payout have some critics wondering if the settlement will be the final word on this issue, reports Ex-players who aren't satisfied with the settlement can choose to opt-out and pursue their own trials against the NFL.

What does the concussion settlement promise players and their families?

Live Nation Settlement Could Mean Free Tickets, Discounts

As part of preliminary settlement, concert promoter Live Nation may dish out free concert tickets and discounts to hundreds of thousands concertgoers who attended shows at a New Jersey amphitheater from 2003 to 2011.

Concert attendees have a class action lawsuit to thank for the potential freebies and sweet deals.