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Tobacco Giant to Pay $23bn Damages to Florida Smoker's Widow
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Drugs, Health, Law, USA )

- 5 days ago -
A jury in Florida has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36 punitive damages of $23 billion. RJ Reynolds, the second biggest tobacco company in the US, plans to challenge "this runaway verdict."
UK Shareholders Gear Up for First-Ever US Lawsuit Against BP Over Deepwater Horizon Losses
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Corporate news, Court, Crime, Ecology, Oil, UK, USA )

- 19 days ago -
Major UK shareholders in BP have joined together to sue the British energy giant in the US over lost earnings from the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil rig blast in 2010. The case is the first in the US, where awards are much bigger than in the UK.
US 'Profoundly Troubled' By Brutal Beating of Palestine Teen Who Turned Out to Be American
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Human rights, Israel, Police, Scandal, Violence )

- 19 days ago -
The US has condemned the beating and detention of a 15-year-old Palestinian-American by Israeli police after a massive social media campaign exploded in cyber space decrying the actions and hypocrisy of Israeli authorities.
Metropolitan Police Destroyed Evidence of Racial and Sexual Discrimination
Offbeat  (tags: Corruption, Court, Crime, Police )

- 22 days ago -
A claim brought against Scotland Yard by a black female officer has revealed a Met practice of deleting internal records relating to sexual and racial discrimination.
Free Speech Banned: Student Group Sues 4 US Universities That 'Stifle Dissent'
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Education, Human rights, Law, Robert Bridge, Scandal, USA )

- 22 days ago -
Arguing that free speech is suffering at colleges across the US, an advocacy group filed lawsuits against four universities, seeking to strengthen the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
168 Children Rescued, 281 Pimps Arrested in Mass Sex-Trafficking Sting
Offbeat  (tags: Children, Court, Crime, FBI, Law, Police, USA )

- 30 days ago -
A week-long operation across the US against child sex trafficking has resulted in the rescue of almost 170 children and the arrest of 281 pimps, according to the FBI.
Last Nazi on Trial? US Authorities Arrest Suspected 89-Year-Old Death Camp Guard
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Germany, Law, USA, War )

- 36 days ago -
An 89-year-old Czechoslovakian immigrant was arrested by federal officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday to face charges related to allegations that he worked for the Nazis at concentration camps during World War II.
Teenager Heads Home After 16-Mo Custody Battle Between Parents and State
Offbeat  (tags: Children, Court, Health, Medicine, Politics, Scandal, USA )

- 36 days ago -
Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager kept from her family by the Massachusetts government for 16 months as a custody battle raged over her medical care, is finally back at home.
Supreme Court Rules Against Third-Party Gun Purchases
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Law, USA, Violence )

- 39 days ago -
In a ruling that will help federal prosecutors crack down on one of the most common ways of illegally trafficking guns, the US Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 ruling that upheld the ban of 'straw purchasers' during gun sales.
Warrant Required to Obtain Phone Tracking Data, Court Rules
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Information Technology, Law, Police, SciTech, USA )

- 43 days ago -
US law enforcement officials must convince a judge to provide a search warrant before they obtain phone location data from a cell tower, according to an appeals court ruling poised to force the police to narrow down their evidence-gathering methods.
Immigrants Subjected to 'Pointlessly Cruel' Treatment in Private Prisons - ACLU
Offbeat  (tags: Corruption, Court, Crime, Human rights, Law, Police, USA )

- 43 days ago -
Thousands of immigrants have been subjected to regular abuse and otherwise harsh, dangerous conditions in privately operated Texas federal prisons, according to a report published Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
NYC Pays Largest Occupy-Related Settlement to Protesters for Wrongful Arrest
Offbeat  (tags: Clashes, Conflict, Court, Crime, Human rights, Law, Police, Protest, Scandal, Security, USA, Violence )

- 44 days ago -
New York City has reached the largest Occupy Wall Street-related settlement to date with 14 protesters, agreeing to pay up almost $600,000 to resolve allegations that police illegally arrested them back in 2012.
Supreme Court Justices Linked to BP Lawyers in Multi-Billion Gulf Spill Settlement
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Law, USA )

- 55 days ago -
​Oil giant BP has appealed to the US Supreme Court to reinstate a halt on payments worth possibly billions of dollars related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
Ohio Judge Suspends All Executions, Citing Botched Lethal Injections
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Court, Crime, Human rights, Law, Security, USA )

- 56 days ago -
A US judge has suspended all scheduled executions in the state of Ohio for at least two and a half months so authorities can determine the legality of the state's new lethal injection process, which critics say is in violation of the US Constitution.
Electric Chair Returns for Tennessee Death Row Inmates Amid Drug Shortage
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Crime, Human rights, Law, USA )

- 63 days ago -
Law enforcement officials will again resort to executing death row inmates with the electric chair in the event that they are unable to obtain lethal injection drugs after Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday.

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