The Mother of Ahmaud Arbery Files a Multi-Million Dollar Civil Lawsuit on the Anniversary of His Death

The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased and gunned down by a group of white men in Glynn County, Ga., while jogging, has filed a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against several people involved in the killing or the subsequent investigation.

The lawsuit filed by Wanda Cooper on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia comes exactly one year after her son’s killing.

The suit names Gregory and Travis McMichael, father and son, as well as William “Roddie” Bryan, all of whom are white and facing felony murder charges in connection with Arbery’s death.

The suit says the men “willfully and maliciously conspired to follow, threaten, detain and kill Ahmaud Arbery.”

The court filing also names law enforcement officials and local prosecutors and alleges they were intimately involved with an alleged cover-up in the investigation.

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Bankruptcy Judge Declines Request to Stop Harvey Weinstein’s Settlement Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. – A Delaware judge has rejected a request by four women who have accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct to put her approval of The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy plan on hold.

The judge issued a one-page order Wednesday denying the request for an emergency stay while the women challenge the approval of the plan in federal district court in Delaware.

Attorneys for the four women responded Friday by asking the district court to put the plan confirmation on hold while it considers their appeal.

According to a bankruptcy court filing, the plan has been “substantially consummated,” with an effective date of Thursday.

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A San Francisco Small Businessman is Suing Facebook for Inflating Ad Metrics

A Facebook employee warned the company was misleading advertisers by inflating their potential online audience with ‘wrong data’, a California lawsuit claims.

The social media giant is being sued by a San Francisco small businessman who claims that it overstated its ‘potential reach metric’, which informs companies of the potential online audience for an advert on the site.

Newly unsealed court papers from the suit claim that bosses at the social media giant chose not to address the problem for years after it was raised in 2018 because it would have a ‘significant’ impact on revenue.

The fraud suit is set to go to trial after the tech giant made a failed attempt to have it thrown out for alleged breach of contract by the businessman.

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NAACP is Suing Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani Over the Capitol Riot

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of conspiring with two extremist groups to block the presidential vote count by storming the U.S. Capitol.

The lawsuit, the first over the Capitol riot to name Trump, said the attack was “the intended and foreseeable culmination of a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process required to confirm the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College.”

Jason Miller, a Trump adviser, said in response: “President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

“Mayor Giuliani is not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters,” he added.

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Amazon Sues the New York AG Office Over its COVID-19 Response and Employee Termination Regulations

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the Office of the New York Attorney General (OAG) for allegedly unlawfully attempting to subject it to state oversight of activities concerning its COVID-19 response and the termination of its activist employee Christian Smalls.

In March, Amazon fired Smalls for repeatedly violating “social distancing requirements and an order to quarantine and stay off Amazon property” after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. According to Smalls, upon learning of its employees testing positive, Amazon failed to issue directives to quarantine workers; he organized several protests and demonstrations in this regard.

In light of this, Attorney General Letitia James called upon the National Labor Relations Board to launch an investigation into the incident. The OAG issued a statement:

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A Fired Employee is Suing Wayfair Over Age and Caregiving Discrimination

Not long after the pandemic shut down schools and offices around the country, Richard DiBona, a 53-year-old software manager at Wayfair, sent a message to his team letting them know he would probably be “getting bugged more” by his kids due to his wife’s new high-level job. A few weeks later, he sent another message noting that his wife’s workload had intensified and he would be taking on an even greater share of home-schooling and child-care duties.

His supervisor didn’t respond to either message, he said, or to others, he sent about his growing role overseeing his sons, then ages 10 and 13. And in July, after several months trying — and largely failing — to get her to acknowledge his needs, he said, he was fired.

Adamant that he had been discriminated against because of his family responsibilities, as well as his age, and that his productivity had not declined, DiBona filed suit against Wayfair, which is based in Boston, in Suffolk Superior Court.

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Parents Sue Robinhood After Son Commits Suicide Believing He Lost $730K

The family of a novice stock trader who killed himself after mistakenly believing he lost more than $700,000 is suing Robinhood Financial, claiming the popular stock-trading platform’s business practices “directly” led to their son’s death.

The complaint, filed Monday in state court in Santa Clara County, California, seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the parents and sister of Alex Kearns for wrongful death, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and unfair business practices.

Kearns, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was 20 when he took his life last June after he misunderstood a potential loss from a stock-options trade.

In the lawsuit, Kearns’s parents and sister assert that Robinhood employed “aggressive tactics and strategy to lure inexperienced and unsophisticated investors, including Alex, to take big risks with the lure of tantalizing profits.”

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A Lawsuit Against Whole Foods was Dismissed for Punishing Employees for Wearing BLM Masks

BOSTON — Almost all of the claims in a federal lawsuit against Whole Foods for punishing employees who wore Black Lives Matter face masks have been dismissed, including claims made by a Randolph resident.

The lawsuit named 14 plaintiffs, including Suverino Frith, of Randolph. Frith worked at the Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge and said in the lawsuit that he was sent home after showing up to work wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask.

Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan filed the lawsuit in June and said in it that employees were sent home for the day, without pay, if they wore Black Lives Matter face masks and received “disciplinary points,” which could lead to being fired.

The supermarket chain disciplined, intimidated and retaliated against the workers who were showing solidarity with the racial justice movement that had a resurgence of support following the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, court documents say.

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Grocery Store Trade Groups File a Lawsuit Against Seattle Over Mandatory Pay Raise

Two trade groups representing grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday for requiring stores to increase workers’ hazard pay by $4 an hour amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the city ordinance, all large grocery stores with locations bigger than 10,000 square feet and more than 500 employees worldwide must provide the pay increase to all workers through the end of the city’s civil emergency.

“Unfortunately, the council’s unprecedented ordinance, its unilateral action, and unwillingness to work with the grocery industry has left us with no other option than to file a lawsuit against the city,” Tammie Hetrick, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association, said in a statement, according to The Seattle Times.

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A Former New Jersey Public Works Director is Being Sued for Harassing an Employee with Autism

An employee in the Belmar Department of Public Works in Monmouth County has filed a lawsuit alleging he was harassed and verbally abused because he has autism.

Colton Hines, 22, of Neptune, claims in court papers that Michael Campbell Sr., who was the DPW director, subjected him to a hostile and discriminatory work environment for about eight years.

The alleged abuse started when Hines started working for the township as a seasonal “beach kid,” removing trash and debris off the beach, according to the suit, filed on Jan. 15 in Superior Court of Monmouth County.

“Colton, along with other DPW employees past and present, was subjected to frequent screaming by Campbell,” states the suit, which was filed by Hines’ legal guardians.

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