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New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that guards at Rikers Island jail beat a man to death.

The civil suit, brought by the family of 52-year-old Ronald Spear, follows a city medical examiner's ruling that Spear's death was a homicide. The district attorney's office declined to press criminal charges against the guards alleged to have administered the fatal beating, reports the New York Daily News.

Why did the city settle, and how do you sue for prison abuses?

A mom who was kicked out of a New York Barnes & Noble bookstore for refusing to cover herself while breastfeeding has settled her complaint with the Attorney General against the company.

A press release issued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office announced the terms of the deal, which include improved employee training at Barnes & Noble stores, a $10,000 donation to a local breastfeeding support group, and the posting of the international symbol for breastfeeding at the entrances of all New York Barnes & Noble locations.

What led to the settlement and what does New York law say about breastfeeding in public?

For various reasons, police sometimes shoot and kill dogs. But their owners typically have recourse to sue.

You probably won't see a police officer serve any jail time for shooting your dog, but you can make him or her pay for it in court. However, police officers have built-in legal defenses to suit.

So when police shoot your dog, when can you sue?

A New York photojournalist arrested for videotaping police has settled his case against the police department for $200,000. The department also promises to train its officers on First Amendment rights.

With the proliferation of cell-phone cameras and inexpensive digital video recorders has also come increased instances of both journalists and members of the public being arrested for recording the police. The U.S. Supreme Court tacitly affirmed the right of the public to record police activity in 2012 when it denied review of a lower-court case that struck down an Illinois law outlawing the practice.

What did police do wrong in this case, and what are your rights when it comes to recording the police?

More than 25 years after five teenagers were wrongly accused, convicted, and imprisoned for raping a jogger in New York City's Central Park, the city has reportedly agreed to settle their civil-rights lawsuit for $40 million.

The teens -- who were between 14 and 16 at the time of the attack -- claimed that the confessions used to convict them were coerced by police. Many at the time also felt that the arrests had racial motives. The victim, a 28-year-old investment banker, was white; the juveniles were all black or Hispanic. The five were all convicted and sent to prison, serving sentences of between five and 13 years.

What led to their exoneration and the pending settlement of their long-running civil rights lawsuit?

Wrongful imprisonment lawsuits can try to use two different tactics when seeking compensation for those wrongfully incarcerated.

The first is the most sensical: a suit by the former inmate against the city, state, or federal entity which imprisoned him or her. The second involves suits by the ex-inmate's family members, claiming their lives have been tragically altered by their loved one's incarceration.

How do these two types of wrongful imprisonment suits work?

The man who created a fake Twitter account to parody the mayor of Peoria, Illinois, is now suing the city over his arrest.

Jonathan Daniel was suspected of creating and running the @peoriamayor Twitter account and was arrested after police raided his home in April. Mashable reports that the State's Attorney for Peoria County decided to drop the charges for impersonating a public official, but Daniel isn't done with the city just yet.

What legal beef does this Twitter faker have with Peoria?

Parents of Autistic Kids Sue Disney Over Policy

Sixteen families with autistic kids are suing Disney over alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations.

The families claim that the park doesn't provide adequate access, after Disney stopped offering "guest assistance cards" to autistic visitors. The "guest assistance cards" allowed the visitors to bypass lines, according to Reuters.

The program was called in question after Disney discovered that people were finding ways to cheat the system.

DUI Strip Search Settlement Costs County $355K

LaSalle County, Illinois, has agreed to pay $355,000 to settle a lawsuit that arose after a female inmate was strip-searched following a DUI arrest.

Dana Holmes sued the county for violating her civil rights and causing her emotional distress after her forcible strip search at the jailhouse was caught by surveillance cameras, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Five other plaintiffs who say they experienced similarly questionable strip searches at the hands of LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies also joined the lawsuit and will share in the payout.

A group of San Diego strippers is accusing the city's police department of civil rights violations after a raid at the club that employed them.

Twenty-five dancers employed by Cheetahs, a "gentlemans club," have filed a claim against the city, alleging that 10 San Diego police officers held them for about an hour and forced them to "pose in various positions and expose body parts" while being photographed, reports U-T San Diego.

Police maintain the investigation was routine. But do the strippers have a case?