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  • Virginia student sues school system, alleging mishandling of sexual assault report

    By Debbie Truong/Washington Post 

    A 17-year-old Fairfax County student and her parents are suing the county school system, accusing officials of failing to properly investigate a sexual assault that allegedly took place during a band trip. The district’s response was “flawed at every stage of the process” and created a hostile learning environment for the teen, according to the lawsuit, which was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Adele Kimmel, a senior attorney for Public Justice, said the school system “pays lip service to caring about sexual assault.” 

    “Fairfax County is a role model for what not to do when it comes to protecting victims of sexual assault,” she said.The student alleging assault chose to file a lawsuit instead of a Department of Education complaint because she felt a lawsuit would result in more systemic change, Kimmel said.



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  • NCVBA Member Brad Edwards sues child protection agency and sheriff’s office for toddler’s death

    Sun Sentinel

    Attorneys representing the estate of a 3-year-old boy found dead in the laundry room of his family’s Hollywood home have filed a lawsuit against the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families, accusing the agencies of failing to protect the child when they should have known his life was in danger.


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  • Judge awards $150 million symbolic verdict in 1998 Westside school shooting

    By Max Brantley/Arkansas Times

    Circuit Judge John Fogleman Monday entered a $150 million verdict on behalf of victims of a mass shooting in 1998 at Westside Middle School. 

    Andrew Golden, then 11, and Mitchell Johnson, then 13, triggered a fire alarm and then, lying in ambush, shot 15 people, five fatally, including one teacher and four children. The order granted $10 million each in compensatory and punitive damages against Johnson for each of the five families and $5 million in each type of damage against Golden for each of the five families.


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  • Sex tourism victim wins unprecedented civil judgment of nearly $1M

    By David Chanen, Star Tribune

    A federal jury in Minneapolis decided Thursday that the man who raped a teenager in Laos will pay his victim $950,000 — the first judgment ever in a civil case involving sex tourism.


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  • This bill would allow trafficking victims to sue hotels. Hotels don’t like it.

    By Lawrence Mower/Tampa Bay Times

    When Savannah Parvu was being sold for sex out of a central Florida hotel room, she was just 12 years old. Parvu's story is at the center of a debate over a bill in the Florida Legislature that would allow human trafficking victims to sue some of the businesses that most profit from it: hotels and motels.

    On the surface, the bill has widespread support, passing three committees without anyone voting against it. But behind the scenes, the hotel industry is waging a campaign against it, legislators say.


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  • Family whose autistic teen died in sweltering bus reaches $23.5-million settlement

    By Meg Bernhard/Los Angeles Times

    The family of an autistic teenage who died in 2015 after being left alone for hours on a sweltering bus has reached a $23.5-million settlement with the bus agency, attorneys said. 

    In December 2015, Lee’s parents filed a lawsuit against the bus agency, Pupil Transportation Cooperative, and the Whittier Union High School District. The district was dropped as a defendant when it became clear “the evidence was overwhelmingly against the bus company,” Brian Panish, the family’s lawyer, said.


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  • A boy was sexually abused in a janitor’s closet. Is the school responsible?

    By Moriah Balingit and Andee Erickson/Washington Post

    Bobby Gobble was a janitor at Lebanon Elementary School when he began luring a boy to the custodian’s office and sexually abused him behind closed doors. Although the abuse occurred behind closed doors in Gobble’s office, in a stockroom and in Gobble’s home, the boy who suffered abuse while living with Gobble claims that the school board and school personnel in Lebanon, Va., should have done more to protect him. A new lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that school employees were ill-equipped to prevent the abuse and to spot the signs that the boy was being regularly victimized.


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  • Georgia jurors award $1 billion to rape victim, leave jury box to hug her

    By Associated Press/ via CBS News

    A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. Hope Cheston was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party in October 2012 when an armed security guard approached, attorney L. Chris Stewart told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped Cheston, Stewart said.

    Verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars, or even hundreds of millions, are not uncommon, Jeff Dion, director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association said in an email. But he's never heard of a $1 billion verdict in a case with a single victim.

    "This jury was clearly trying to send a message about bad conduct on the part of the company," Dion wrote.



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  • SC State University student killed in broad daylight. Here’s what it cost the school.

    By John Monk/The State

    South Carolina State University and two university-related groups will pay $437,500 in a wrongful death settlement involving the 2014 fatal on-campus shooting of a student football player.

    The player, Brandon Robinson, 20, of Orangeburg, was shot in the neck in the early afternoon of Jan. 24, 2014, in a parking lot outside the football players’ dormitory, which is called Hugine Suites Hall.


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  • Foster parent sues state over beating by ward

    By Edmundo Carrillo / Albuquerque Journal

    A Valencia County foster parent who says she was beaten by her ward has sued the state claiming she was not given enough information before she agreed to take in the 17-year-old.

    In a state court lawsuit, the woman says the Children, Youth and Families Department told her he needed a place the stay while he went to college and held a job, but never told her about the boy’s violent past or mental health problems.


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