municipal liability News

Hawaii County Pays $15M to Settle Claim Over Man Struck and Killed by Police Car

Hawaii County has agreed to pay a $15.1 million settlement to the family of a Michigan man who was struck and killed by a police patrol car. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that 63-year-old Jeffrey Surnow was riding a bicycle on …

School Settles with Mother Over Daughter’s Bullying Suicide

A mother whose 13-year-old daughter committed suicide has reached a settlement with the Missouri school district the girl attended. The Columbia Missourian reports Elizabeth Overstreet alleged in the lawsuit that the Hallsville School District did nothing to stop bullying aimed …

Woman Sues Ocean City, Md., Over Sidewalk Ramp Mat

A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean city, Maryland, caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arm is suing the resort. Eight-nine-year-old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece …

Nebraska City to Pay $70K to Woman Hurt in Police Crash

The eastern Nebraska city of Papillion has agreed to pay $70,000 in a settlement with a woman injured when a speeding police car slammed into her vehicle in 2008. Alicia Johnston was a 28-year-old hospital nurse at the time of …

Jury Awards Family $8.8M in Killing by California Police Officer

A jury has awarded $8.8 million to the family of a robber who was shot and killed by a police officer east of Los Angeles in Culver City. The Los Angeles Times said a federal jury issued the verdict on …

Chicago Asked to Settle Police Beating Lawsuit

Chicago aldermen have recommended that the city pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a hemophiliac who alleged he was falsely charged with drunken driving and beaten by a police officer while handcuffed. The City Council’s finance committee recommendation …

Connecticut AG Says State Not Liable for Newtown Shooting

Connecticut’s attorney general says he sympathizes with families affected by the deadly Newtown school shooting but the state isn’t liable for the harm inflicted. Attorney General George Jepson responded to a New Haven attorney’s request to the state claims commissioner …

Texas City Police, Officials Face Harassment Lawsuit

Nine people have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Bovina, accusing a former police chief and other city officials of a pattern of harassment and extortion. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Amarillo last Friday …

Man Files $5 Million Claim Against Nebraska County

A former juvenile resident of a southeast Nebraska treatment center has filed a $5 million claim against Gage County because he says officials failed to supervise the center well enough to prevent his sexual assault. The county board said it …

North Carolina Municipal Immunity Questioned Where County Acts Like a Business

At a time when businesses have taken on traditional government tasks, from running schools to space launches, North Carolina’s Supreme Court is being asked to decide what tasks a municipality can perform and still remain protected from lawsuits. The court …