A look into some recent liability claim settlements.....
The families of nine Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims have agreed to a $73 million settlement with the maker of the rifle used to kill 20 first graders and six educators in 2012. The lawsuit suggested that the company should never have sold such a dangerous weapon to the public. While gun rights groups think the settlement will have little effect on rifle sales and gun-makers, some experts believe this outcome could prompt insurers to pressure gun-makers into making changes.
A federal jury in North Texas has awarded nine Black workers a total of $70 million in damages following a racial discrimination lawsuit. The case alleged, among other claims, that Black workers were being passed up for promotions by less-qualified white candidates and unfairly punished for behaviors their non-Black counterparts were also doing, such as checking their phones during work. According to the lawsuit, many former workers complained about discrimination to company management and the HR department, but no action was taken.
A product recall—linked to a rodent infestation—at Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee has cost the company $34 million. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found more than 1,000 live and dead rodents, rodent feces, dead birds and bird droppings inside a Family Dollar distribution center in Arkansas. The recall affects a wide selection of products sold at Family Dollar, including food, cosmetics, medical devices and medications.
A Chicago federal judge has approved a $10 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over donor fingerprint scans. The lawsuit accused Octapharma Plasma of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by requiring donors to scan their fingerprints each time they donated plasma without obtaining written consent from the donors. In addition, the company did not provide donors with written notices regarding how they would store, use, share and ultimately destroy the scanned fingerprints.
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