CPSC Approves New Safety Standards For Cribs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new safety standards for crib mattresses. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the CPSC said crib mattresses will be required to meet the new federal safety standard.

The latest standard will require improved marking, labeling, and instructions to communicate better the risks of injuries to consumers, also requiring that any mattress sold for use in a play yard meets the requirements as the original mattress. 

Read the source article at The Hill

A Philadelphia Man Who Wrongfully Served 37 Years in Prison Sues the City

A Philadelphia man freed after 37 years in prison in a case tainted by perjured testimony accused the city of “outrageous police misconduct” in a lawsuit filed Thursday, the same day his 1984 murder case was dismissed.

Willie Stokes left prison earlier this month, after a federal judge found prosecutors never disclosed that they had charged his chief accuser with perjury after the trial. The witness has said he was offered sex and drugs at police headquarters to frame Stokes in an unsolved 1980 dice-game slaying.

“I’m not bitter. I’m just excited to move forward,” Stokes, 60, told The Associated Press after the brief morning court hearing, when prosecutors announced they would not seek to retry the case.

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A Transgender Woman Receives $66K in a Discrimination Settlement With a Montana County

A former Yellowstone County employee has been awarded $66,000 in compensation following a 2020 ruling that Yellowstone County and Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners discriminated against the transgender woman on the basis of sex when denying her medical coverage for gender-affirming care.

In 2020, an Administrative Law Judge at the Montana Human Rights Bureau ruled the county violated the Montana Human Rights Act by “implementing and administering (a healthcare plan) that expressly denies coverage for ‘services or supplies related to sexual reassignment and reversal of such procedures.’”

On Monday, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Office of Administrative Hearings awarded the former Yellowstone County employee, Eleanor Maloney, $66,531.94 in damages for the discrimination she faced while working for the county.

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A Black Corrections Officer Accuses Walmart of Racial Profiling

A Black corrections officer is suing Walmart after he says he was racially profiled at one of its stores in Georgia. 

David Conners, a Clayton County corrections officer, was stopped and handcuffed by a Fayetteville police officer while he was shopping for home decor. Employees believed Conners was someone with the last name Wright who had repeatedly stolen electronics from the store, according to ABC News. 

“He’s just in the store, minding his own business, when he’s approached by the police, and everything went downhill from there,” Terance Madden, an attorney for Conners, told ABC News.

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Epic Games Files a Request to Overturn a Lawsuit Ruling With Apple

The Epic Games v. Apple lawsuits that took up a big part of 2021 are experiencing more developments, despite both companies essentially losing big throughout the escapade. However, before we get to today’s update, let’s give a brief recollection of what’s happened thus far.

Back in the middle of 2020, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney had been repeatedly discussing how the Apple App Store had been taking a 30% cut of profits from games and purchases sold on the storefront, which is pretty normal, all things considered. Epic had decided to then offer options to compensate them directly, which led to Apple promptly removing Fortnite from iOS.

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A Former Waste Management Employee Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A Black former Waste Management employee said in a federal lawsuit that his supervisor and coworkers in Topeka discriminated against him because of his race.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Robert Smith worked for the trash company for 13 years before he was fired last year. Smith’s lawsuit describes a series of incidents including coworkers calling him obscenities, playing racist videos when he was around and addressing him in a mocking manner.

Waste Management said in a response to the lawsuit that the company didn’t discriminate against Smith, and its lawyers defended the decision to fire him.

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The Department of Children’s Services Faces a Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram were excited about the prospect of starting a family by fostering and adopting a child. But as they prepared to attend their first day of foster-parent training at Holston United Methodist Home for Children in northeastern Tennessee last January, they received an email from the agency telling them not to come.

The group was refusing to help the couple because they are Jewish.

“As a Christian organization, our executive team made the decision several years ago to only provide adoption services to prospective adoptive families that share our belief system in order to avoid conflicts or delays with future service delivery,” the email said, according to court documents.

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A Former News Anchor Files a Discrimination Lawsuit Against Fox4 and Scripps Media

A former Southwest Florida-based WFTX-TV Fox 4 anchor has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the station’s vice president and owner, Scripps Media, Inc.

In the complaint filed last week in Florida’s Middle District Court, Jane Monreal, who is an Asian woman, claims WFTX sabotaged her broadcasting career when it terminated her contract soon after she voiced complaints about race discrimination at the news station. 

Monreal alleges the discrimination began after WFTX hired Evan Pappas as vice president and general manager early last year, three months after the media organization awarded her a three-year employment contract as an anchor/multi-media journalist. 

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A Former Editor for the New York Post Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

A New York Post editor whose departure was announced Tuesday alleged she was fired two months after revealing to an executive that former editor Col Allan had sexually harassed her.

The Post said any suggestion of wrongdoing related to Editor-in-Chief Keith Poole’s announcement of Michelle Gotthelf’s exit was meritless.

Poole, who Gotthelf said fired her after more than two decades at the Post, is a defendant in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday, along with Allan, the newspaper’s publishing company and corporate owner News Corp.

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A Harvard Law School Clinic Sues For ICE Detention Records

A Harvard Law School clinic has sued federal immigration officials for failing to release records about the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities.

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program said in a lawsuit filed in Boston federal court that it submitted records requests to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the agencies haven’t fully complied in more than four years.

The Cambridge-based clinic said immigrant rights advocates have raised concerns over the use of solitary confinement on vulnerable immigrant populations, including LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities.

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