lawsuit

creative commons

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.

clubpenguin.wikia.com

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.

Joe Gratz / creative commons

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.

creative commons

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.

creative commons

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.

official photo

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.

mug shot

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.

Sussex County website

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.

marcello ferrada de noli / creative commons

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.
    

elections.baltimore.com

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.

creative commons

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) – There will be no trial in a legal dispute over the Ten Commandments in Western Maryland. The plaintiff has withdrawn his lawsuit.

Jeffrey Davis of Swanton voluntarily dropped the matter without explanation in a letter filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He declined to explain his decision when reached by telephone Tuesday.

official photos

The daughter of New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon admitted that she was behind the online accounts that attacked the reputation of former County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Jennifer Gordon said she was wanted people to know “how vindictive and evil (Grimaldi) was.”

In his defamation lawsuit Grimaldi had named a Jane Doe as the defendant in the case and had asked the court to reveal who was behind the accounts.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit that attempts to block more than 200,000 felons from voting this fall will be considered by the Virginia Supreme Court when it meets for a special session next month.

The court said Wednesday it will consider Republican lawmakers' lawsuit during a special session on July 19.

GOP leaders have asked the court to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order that restored the rights of thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

YouTube

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say they have finished an internal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair.

Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that the Wilmington Police department's Office of Professional Standards had completed an investigation to determine whether officers involved in the September shooting of Jeremy McDole acted in accordance with departmental rules and regulations governing the use of deadly force. 

YouTube

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the city of Wilmington are seeking to move a lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a black man in his wheelchair from state court to federal court.

A notice to move the lawsuit was filed late Thursday.

An attorney for Jeremy McDole's family claims a federal jury drawn from a statewide jury pool is less likely than a jury of local residents to include minorities.

An attorney for the city did not immediately respond to an email.

creative commons

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for state prison officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of an inmate who hanged himself.

The parents of Blaise DeJesus claim prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward him while he was awaiting placement in a substance abuse program in 2014. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that prison workers failed to properly check on DeJesus after he begged them not to put him in a cell by himself because he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was concerned he may hurt himself.

official photo

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pocomoke City officials and law enforcement charging racial discrimination.

The suit was brought by former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, the town’s first black chief, along with former Officer Franklin Savage and Lt. Lynell Green who is still on the force.

They claim that they faced discrimination and retaliation during their time on the force.

The Pocomoke City manager Ernie Crofoot told WBOC that he was reviewing the lawsuit and would not have any comment.

creative commons

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - A Botetourt County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by five county residents against what a developer hopes will be Virginia's first commercial wind farm.

The Roanoke Times reports Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan dismissed a lawsuit that, at the least, had threatened to slow down plans to build up to 25 giant turbines on top of North Mountain. Officials hope to have the turbines begin converting wind to electricity by the end of 2017.

Dover Police

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say Dover has paid its $15,000 insurance deductible in settling a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union after a white police officer kicked a black suspect in the head and broke his jaw

Officials last week confirmed a resolution to the lawsuit, but released no details.

Dover City Manager Scott Koenig told the Delaware State News on Wednesday that under the city's insurance policy, Travelers Insurance would cover the rest of any settlement above the deductible.

Bank of America Logo

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A nonprofit group is suing Delaware officials over the use of bank settlement money to help balance the state budget.

The Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council filed the lawsuit Monday, several months after asking federal officials to oversee distribution of Bank of America settlement funds.

Defendants in the lawsuit are Gov. Jack Markell, the state treasurer, and the legislature's controller general.

Markell's office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

UMES

Settlement talks are scheduled in a lawsuit filed by a former white university cabinet member against the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an agreement has been reached over discovery evidence as a precursor to the settlement discussions between the university and Ronald Nykiel.

The settlement discussions followed the judge’s denial of a motion by the university to dismiss the case.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees and the costs of the legal action.

Rolling Stone logo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine.

The Phi Kappa Psi chapter at the University of Virginia filed the complaint Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It also names the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as a defendant.

The lawsuit says the November 2014 article made the fraternity and its members "the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide."

University of Maryland logo

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that more than 100 Maryland university alumni were unlawfully denied in-state tuition rates and will share in a $1.6 million recovery against the state.
 

Don Rush

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware's storm water and erosion-control regulations.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves ruled Wednesday that the Department of National Resources and Environmental Control provided "illogical" justifications for failing to include many technical but critical details, including failing to hold any public hearings on the 2,000-page regulations.

state.delaware.gov

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing Delaware State Police of terrorizing a disabled veteran and his quadriplegic wife during a 2014 drug raid in Claymont.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that police used excessive force against 54-year-old Ruther Hayes of Rehoboth and his 45-year-old wife, Lisa, while executing a search warrant aimed at two of her nephews.

Ocean City Police badge

Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

dewey beach logo

A fight has broken out in Dewey Beach.

A former town commissioner Rich Hanewinckel is suing the town manager and the mayor claiming his criticism of them has resulted in malicious actions against his rental property business.

The lawsuit charges that the town officials have held up licenses needed for his vacation rentals and have been impugning his character.

Mayor Diane Hanson once his ally told the Wilmington News Journal that he was just trying to disrupt this Saturday’s city elections.

The lawsuit was filed on September 1st.

 

The Derek sheely Foundation website

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has largely rejected an NCAA bid for secrecy in a civil lawsuit stemming from the brain-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

The NCAA had sought to shield from public view 14 internal emails, memos and meeting minutes it considered confidential records of its decision-making process regarding concussions. The Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected that argument for 11 of the documents in an order filed Tuesday.

Wilmington Trust logo

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former shareholders suing over the collapse of Wilmington Trust are renewing their demand for internal bank documents following last week's indictment of several former bank executives.

In a letter this week, attorneys for the shareholders told a federal judge that the indictment relies on and even quotes from documents that defendants in the lawsuit, with the support of state and federal banking regulators, have refused to provide. The documents are being withheld based on what regulators describe as the bank examination privilege.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The announcement is set for Thursday afternoon. A spokesman declined to comment ahead of the event about what the announcement will be.

Last month, the ACLU and Public Justice Center called on a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they described in court documents as so substandard that it brings "shame to his city."

Pages