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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Golden Corral restaurant in Virginia has settled a lawsuit by two black women who accused it of racial discrimination.

The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that lawyers have confirmed the case was settled just before a trial was set to begin on July 29. Phyllis Williams and her daughter said the Roanoke restaurant and two of its white employees accused Williams of putting chicken legs in her purse while eating at the restaurant's buffet in 2017.

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On a 4-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council has voted to join a private lawsuit that goes after the pharmaceutical industry for the opioid crisis.

WBOC reports that the county will hire a private attorney in legal efforts against the opioid makers and distributors.

They hope to receive part of a settlement that would help local government fight opioid addiction.

Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young told the television station that every month officials get word of overdoses.

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The Wicomico County Council has put off a vote on whether to join a national lawsuit against the manufacturers of opioid.

WBOC reports that the council has come under community pressure to reconsider a previous decision not to become part of the legal action.

The council intends to take a vote on the issue at its July 16th meeting.

County Sheriff Mike Lewis has been a strong supporter of taking the pharmaceutical companies to court and expressed some disappointment at the delay.

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A lawsuit has been filed against Ocean City after one of its trams dragged a woman some 20-to-40 feet along the boardwalk.

Mona and Gregory Jones are asking for $75-thousand in addition to attorney’s fees when Mona was allegedly struck and dragged by the vehicle in September of 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the suit says the incident occurred when two trams were approaching her from opposite directions.

The paper reports that the filing says defendant Dina McCoy lost control of her tram and struck Mona.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland jury has awarded nearly $3 million to an inmate who was beaten by prison guards almost six years ago in what his attorney called a "systemwide failure."

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports jurors in Baltimore awarded $2.7 million to Kevin Younger, who was assaulted by officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics & Classification Center in Baltimore in 2013.

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The family of 57-year-old Thomas Lawlor is suing the Maryland state police, a trooper, state of Maryland and Ocean City for his death after being struck by a patrol car during Summer Cruisin’ in 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Lawlor was hit by Master Trooper James Price while Lawlor was cross Coastal Highway at 76th Street.

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Companies formed in Delaware are now center of a lawsuit by Privatbank against two Ukrainian oligarchs.

The suit charges former owners Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolubov with creating the companies in order to facilitate a fraud.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the suit charges that the two unjustly enriched themselves and engaged in fraudulent transfers as well as involvement in racketeering activities.

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A federal law suit has been filed against Wor-Wic Community College charging that its police training program led was negligently designed and dangerous.

It was filed last month by Cynthia Mowery and Brian Alexander who were students in its Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mowery says she suffered a serious brain injury due to the negligence of the personnel.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Five cities and counties in southwest Virginia have filed lawsuits against drugmakers seeking compensation for the public-health fallout from the opioid-addiction crisis.

The cities of Bristol, Roanoke, and Salem, along with Roanoke and Alleghany counties, are the most recent Virginia localities to file suit. Nearly 2,000 local governments across the country have filed similar lawsuits.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Nine inmates charged in a Delaware correctional officer's murder during a riot are suing corrections officials, alleging that they were abused.

News outlets report that Dwayne Stats, who has said he organized the 2017 uprising, filed the federal lawsuit last month with eight other inmates claiming inmates were "physically, mentally and emotionally" abused by those running the state's prisons. These inmates weren't permitted to be part of a similar class-action lawsuit filed by inmates who weren't charged in the riot.

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A lawsuit has been filed charging the Cape Henlopen School District with failing to act when a former high school student was inappropriately touched by a stage manager.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2015 when Theresa Collins was 17.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived wireless provider T-Mobile's lawsuit against a Delaware city that denied its request to install a cellphone antenna atop a high-rise senior center to improve coverage.

The Philadelphia appeals court ruled Thursday that a federal judge erred last year in ruling that the city of Wilmington was entitled to summary judgment. The court says the previous ruling was flawed because T-Mobile filed its lawsuit before the city had issued a formal, written denial.

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Maryland will become part of a lawsuit by eight other states against seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean for offshore exploration.

Governor Larry Hogan gave the okay to the suit and called the federal action misguided that could jeopardize the hard work to improve the state’s air and water quality.

The Salisbury Daily times reports that Hogan has authorized the Department of Natural Resources to move ahead with the suit.

Seismic testing uses air guns to look for oil and gas deposits along the coast.

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Ocean City has issued its defense in a lawsuit over its topless ban for women.

The plaintiffs claim that it violates the equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment as well as the Declaration of Rights to the Maryland Constitution.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that attorneys for the resort counter that going nude in public is not a right.

They argued that one does not have the right to impose one’s lifestyle on others who have the right to be left alone.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a case challenging the eligibility of a candidate for governor of Maryland over residency requirements.

Krish Vignarajah, who is running for the Democratic nomination, said Tuesday she is excited to move beyond the case and focus on the issues.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Alison Asti dismissed the lawsuit after finding the lawsuit wasn't filed in time.

Maryland has a five-year residency requirement to run for governor.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore attorney has been tapped to help lead a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the credit bureau's massive data breach last year.

The Baltimore Sun reports Hassan Murphy was selected by a federal judge in Georgia on Monday to serve on a seven-member steering committee for consumer plaintiffs in the case.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A whistleblower lawsuit accuses the Johns Hopkins Health System of prioritizing out-of-state patients over Maryland residents to increase revenue.

News outlets report a former supervisor in the patient appointments department, Anthony C. Campos, filed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying his department was directed to fill the appointment schedule with out-of-state patients.

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Attorneys for former Governor Jack Markel have asked that a judge to postpone a hearing on the federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain correctional officer Steven Floyd.

They had been scheduled to argue for dismissal in the case that resulted from the 18-hour standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in February.

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A half-a-million dollar lawsuit has been filed in the salmonella outbreak at the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Charles Coffield from Pennsylvania filed the suit that said he became ill after eating the chowder.

The suit was filed against Shrimp Heads Inc.

Coffield said he ate one sample and bowl of chowder offered up by the restaurant.  

A day later he became ill.

Tests found that he did suffer from salmonella.

Coffield is asking for a jury trial.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Four Baltimore police officers who were recently indicted on federal fraud charges are now being sued by a woman who says they falsely arrested her husband and stole $20,000 from them.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Nancy Hamilton has sued four officers who are part of the department's Gun Trace Task Force and were earlier this year charged with unlawfully arresting and robbing residents, as well as filing for overtime they didn't work.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for current and former Delaware officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a guard killed in a prison riot and five other correctional officers who survived.

Inmates took over a building at the maximum-security Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February, setting off an 18-hour standoff during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed.

The lawsuit alleges that state officials have ignored staffing and security issues at the prison for years, creating an unsafe work environment.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal lawsuit accuses two white men of attacking a black teenager near his Virginia home as part of a campaign to run his interracial family out of their neighborhood.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after the men were convicted of assault and battery of 18-year-old Mister Frazier. However, they were cleared of hate crime charges after a judge said it appeared to be just a neighborhood fight.

During their trial, attorneys for the men argued Frazier was the aggressor and strongly rejected the idea that the fight was racially motivated.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Virginia and its information technology agency over the state's attempt to end a 13- year contract.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the aerospace and defense company filed the lawsuit Friday, seeking damages of more than $10 million. The lawsuit alleges the state sabotaged a settlement reached with officials in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the lawsuit is without merit and the governor is disappointed in Northrop Grumman's performance.

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There are more plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against the Indian River School District.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two families with children in the district have been added to three other individuals who attended George Washington Carvey Academy.

The paper reports that the amended complaint also charges that there was a prison-like environment at the school.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department wants to intervene in a private lawsuit brought by Pocomoke City's former police chief and two other black officers alleging race discrimination.

The Justice Department filed the motion to intervene Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - An ex-Wicomico County parole officer states in a lawsuit that a co-worker's comments about the rape of one of her relatives by Dr. Earl Bradley created a hostile work environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Rennae Elizabeth Ott filed the lawsuit on Oct. 10, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit states that officials forced Ott to resign after denying her request to be transferred out of the Salisbury field office.

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The rape and abuse charges filed in a lawsuit against former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips has been dismissed by the agreement of both parties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 20 year old Katelynn Dunlap claimed that the events took place just after she turned 18.

Kurt Heyman, the attorney for Phillips, told the paper that there was no admission of liability or payments.

When asked if this was a vindication for his client Heyman said people would have to draw their own conclusions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit alleging that mentally ill inmates in Delaware have been subjected to solitary confinement without proper evaluation, monitoring and treatment.
    
Under the settlement approved late last week, the Department of Correction will limit the length of time that inmates spend in disciplinary housing and will increase the amount of unstructured recreation time available to inmates in certain maximum security settings.
    

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for Baltimore's top prosecutor say lawsuits filed against her by five of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are without merit and should be dismissed.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against six officers in the death of Gray but did not win any convictions. Gray is a black man who died after he was severely injured while riding in the back of a city police van.

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