Decided - The FindLaw Noteworthy Decisions and Settlements Blog

May 2015 Archives

It has been nearly a year since a traumatic six-car accident critically injured comedians Tracy Morgan, Harris Stanton, and Ardie Fuqua, and killed 62-year-old James McNair.

Earlier this year, Walmart reached a settlement with McNair's family for $10 million. This month, Morgan has also settled his case with Walmart

Remember those lawyers up in arms over Target's proposed $19M settlement with MasterCard over the retailer's massive 2013 data breach? Well it looks like a good day for them.

The companies had a 90% participation threshold in order to certify the settlement and a May 20 deadline to meet it. The deadline passed without the required participation, so now the settlement is on hold and could be voided.

So what does this mean for the consumers and the banks involved?

Lately, we've heard a lot of discourse and protest about excessive use of police violence against minorities. However, there is an equally vulnerable minority group, the mentally ill and disabled, who are also frequent victims of police force.

In the case of City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, the Supreme Court considered whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires police to provide accommodations to armed and violent mentally ill suspects. The Court also looked at whether the Fourth Amendment clearly establishes that officers cannot forcibly enter the home of an armed, mentally ill subject when there was no immediate need.

In its ruling, the Court sidestepped both issues.

Some former Boeing employees may soon finally receive the benefits of a 10-year long class action lawsuit. Talk about perseverance.

Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) have agreed on a settlement 10 years after the suit was filled. Boeing will pay $90 million to cover pension and retiree health benefits to former Boeing Co. employees.

Torture. When you think of torture, you think of Zero Dark Thirty and CIA interrogation of suspected terrorists.

Did you ever imagining it happening in your back yard? In Chicago, former police Commander Jon Burge and his "Midnight Crew" tortured over a 100 victims over a period of almost 20 years starting in 1972. The victims, mostly African-American men, reported that Burge and his gang used electric shocks, beatings, smotherings, and simulated Russian roulette to coerce confessions. Four of Burge's victims were sentenced to death after being tortured into giving false confessions. When Illinois Governor George Ryan left office, he pardoned the four men.

Forty years after the torture started, Chicago is making reparations.

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court for the October 2014 Term have ended. Now, the justices and clerks will focus on writing decisions for all the cases heard this term.

Usually, decisions are issued about 90 days after they're heard. However, there are several cases beyond the 90 day average, and we've heard of no decision yet. Maybe they're extra special?

Here are three Supreme Court decisions we're eagerly awaiting: